Mac Miller’s sudden death impacted many in the music industry and after his passing, fellow artists spoke out about his talent as a rapper.
Instead of referring to the Self Care hitmaker as just Ariana Grande’s ex-boyfriend and blaming her engagement to Pete Davidson for his alleged overdose, many like Lil Xan discussed Mac Miller’s significance as an artist.
Speaking on Adam22’s No Jumper podcast, Lil Xan expressed how upset he was after hearing about Mac Miller.
He questioned whether he should continue his career in music, saying: ‘When your hero dies, f*** that s***, I don’t want to make music no more.’
Lil Xan expressed his reaction to Mac Miller’s death and described his incredulity at the news
Mac Miller performs on the Camp Stage during day 1 of Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival 2017
Miller, who released his fifth album Swimming last month, found fame with his hip-hop style but struggled with substance abuse.
He was found at his home in San Fernando Valley outside Los Angeles, California with a tiny amount of white powder, though TMZ reported his home had been ‘cleaned’ after his death.
Mac Miller death
Mac Miller was found dead on Friday, September 7, just a month after he released his fifth album Swimming which received critical acclaim because of the new direction the rapper had taken his music.
Malcolm McCormick’s family later confirmed the death in a statement and referred to the rapper as ‘a bright light in this world for his family, friends and fans,’ but did not reveal the cause of his death.
However, when first reporting the death, TMZ cited unnamed sources that revealed the rapper may have passed away as a result of an overdose on drugs.
His death came just months after his two-year relationship with Ariana Grande ended, during which she had featured on his 2016 album The Divine Feminine and he had supported her after the Manchester terror attack at her concert.
Following their split, Miller crashed his car and was charged with driving under the influence, with Grande taking to social media to state that she had tried to help with his sobriety and described their relationship as ‘toxic’.
Ariana soon became engaged to Pete Davidson and after news of Mac’s death, the singer was subjected to a slew of vicious comments on her Instagram pictures criticising her for her actions in the lead up to the rapper’s passing.
After Mac Miller’s split from Ariana Grande, she was soon engaged to comedian Pete Davidson
Lil Xan response
As reported by E! News, Lil Xan opened up on Adam22’s No Jumper podcast and spoke about his career, drugs and getting clean.
Lil Xan also expressed his reaction to Mac Miller’s death and describing his incredulity at the news. ‘The Mac s*** is crazy. I’ve been crying in my apartment, Mac didn’t die, Mac didn’t overdose.’
He went on to describe Miller as his ‘hero’ and explained: ‘When your hero dies, f*** that s***, I don’t want to make music no more.’
Lil Xan stated that he would be ‘retiring after this contract’ and revealed an anecdote about the last time he had seen the rapper, which was at his last show.
Revealing that this had been the ‘third or fourth time’ the two rappers had spent time together, Lil Xan said this time in particular stood out to him.
‘Before I left, he was like “Be safe.” People say that you know, like “be safe.” But he grabbed me, and he pulled me back and he was like “No I mean BE SAFE.”
‘That almost made me cry, that’s my idol right there.’ He added: ‘I keep thinking about that, how it resonated in my head, how those were his last words.’
Lil Xan recently garnered media attention after rumours he had been dating Noah Cyrus were confirmed in an Instagram Story ahead of his tour, which started in August. However it was reported the couple broke up last week.
His renowned track Betrayed has catapulted the rapper into mainstream music success and after gaining over three million views on YouTube, Lil Xan has also established himself as the face and voice of Xanax addiction and recovery.
The lyrics to the track are as follows: ‘Xans don’t make you / Xans gon’ take you / Xans gon’ fake you / And Xans gon’ betray you.’
Lil Xan explained his addiction in an interview with DJ Booth: ‘I definitely learned that lesson after ending up in the hospital from withdrawing.
‘I was doing Norcos, too. I was withdrawing from opiates and Benzos. It landed me in the hospital too many times.
‘And one day, I was just like, “This ain’t fun, I can’t live this life.” A lot of rappers don’t really be talking about not doing drugs. You know, it’s like the opposite way, so it’s refreshing, I think.’