Mac Miller’s death is the latest example of how society’s reaction to celebrity drug use is based on whether they feel entertained or threatened. The Pittsburgh MC had a reputation of being a cool calmed good-natured funny dude who made dope music and wasn’t known publicly for any suspect behavior. Although amongst fans Mac Miller’s drug use was common knowledge be that he expressed in his music often, yet few on the outside looking in could sense any real danger because he didn’t check the boxes of a caught on camera by TMZ drugged out celebrity.  Even when Mac expressed his sadness from a public heartbreak in interviews, some laughed while others shrugged it off like a typical celebrity break-up without thinking twice of any possible negative aftereffects. After news spread that Mac Miller died from a drug overdose it brought up a couple of senseless arguments that society needs to stop relying on:

“The problem is that today’s’ Hip Hop is about using the drugs vs how back in the day it was about selling the drugs…”

Yea, newsflash, they’re both the same. Selling drugs is using them because the exchange is based on profit. The dealer selling of the drug to receive cash can be as much as an addiction(if not more) than actually using the drug. Never in the history of life will you find a person who is making lots of money quickly say “Hey you know, I think I need to check into rehab because this making money thing is just too much for my well being.”  While desperate addicts have been known to commit various random crimes to supply their fix, crackheads aren’t known for their daylight shootouts over territory where innocent bystanders are usually harmed. Plus, the reality is that Hip Hop artist have always mentioned their love for getting high through various substances other than weed. Whether it was with the pioneers like Grandmaster Flash ‘White Lines” or Three 6 Mafia’s “Sippin on some syrup” drug use in rap music was never absent, instead the larger Hip Hop grew from underground to pop culture the more public its demons and skeletons became known.

“Hopefully with Mac Miller’s death, young people will now understand the dangers of drugs…”

Yea, this is bullshit on so many levels of bullshit that needs to stop being spread for the sake of humanity. Almost every time a celebrity dies tragically there’s this false Jesus like identity as if their death was some ultimate sacrifice for a greater good. It’s a lazy detached approach based on some universal fantasy that dismisses any attempt to understand a different/deeper issue while also being a spit in the face to any friend or family member that loved them. Ask Ms. Wallace if she rather have her only son alive and well vs his death possibly helping the decrease in gun violence(which it didn’t). Tragic famous deaths may serve as a warning for some but it doesn’t face the reality as a whole, such as in Mac Miller’s case because certain people whether it’s through, influence, stress, or simple pleasure have and will always find a way to get high. Yes, crack itself may fall out of fashion, however, unfortunately, there are plenty of other narcotics that climb their way up the cool chain every year.

America has had a rambunctious relationship with drug use since it’s conception. Society’s reaction to drug use has always been based on more of its visual presentation first and it’s repercussion last. A movie where a pro athlete sniffs coke off a woman’s breast looks a lot cooler than dirty tank top crackhead man offering to perform a homosexual act for an ounce of dope does not. There was never a public outcry of concern for Mac Miller’s drug use because he never publicly showed any sign of dysfunction. He seemed playful and a jokester while everyone around seemed to love and laugh with him. Mac Miller died at the age of 26 from a drug overdose, his death was all too real and a reminder that there are many lessons to learn, just don’t rely on the one that aligns with outdated bullshit that’s helps no one.

J Hall