Remembering Mac Miller: The Late Rapper Shares How It Felt To Hit Number One for the First Time

Miller became the first independent artist since 1995 to go number one with his debut record

September 8, 2020

September 7 will always be a day of remembrance for Hip Hop fans as 2020 marked the second anniversary of Mac Miller’s death.

Miller passed away at the age of 26 on September 7, 2018 from an accidental drug overdose. Numerous tributes to Miller were sent on social media on the second anniversary of his passing. Artists like Wale, Juicy J, Kehlani, and more took to Twitter to pay their respects.

In 2011, Miller’s first studio album Blue Slide Park debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart making it the first independently-distributed debut record to top the chart since 1995.

At the time, Mac was interviewed by RADIO.COM and shared his reaction to getting the news that he had a number one record.

“It was always my goal and dream. I knew one day that I would have a number one album, but the feeling that it’s actually happening, you can’t really plan for that,” he said in the video above.

“I didn’t know what to expect. It’s really all about my fans. This is really a time to applaud my fans on how ill they are cause it was all in their hands.”

Mac continued to share his appreciation for his fans and attributed his milestone to them.

“It’s just dope that I’ve created a fanbase that rides for me like that. I was getting pictures sent to me on Twitter of kids buying six albums because they really want me to win. That’s who I really got to applaud here man because I worked my ass off making the album and touring. At the end of the day if they want to buy it, it’s up to them.”

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