In memory of Malcolm James McCormick: 1992 – 2018.
This week’s Creative Weekly: Mac Miller dead at 26, Post Malone involved in car crash, Quavo announces solo album, Joe Budden says he’s better than Eminem, Ty Dolla $ign busted for drug possession, Kanye West announces ‘Watch The Throne 2’ and Drake & Meek Mill squash beef.
Mac Miller died on Friday (Sept. 7) from an apparent Drug overdose. According to reports, the platinum-selling artist was found unresponsive in a bedroom at his San Fernando home at about noon.
“The music artist known as Mac Miller died today in his Studio City home,” the LA County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner said in a statement.
“In the late morning of September 7, Malcolm McCormick was found unresponsive…. authorities were called and Miller was pronounced dead at the scene at 11:51 (18:51 GMT).”
“At this time, an autopsy is pending and a cause of death has not been determined.”
Authorities were alerted by a male friend who placed a 911 call from Mac’s home. Emergency dispatch audio obtained by TMZ
reveals first responders were called for a patient in cardiac arrest.
Miller was charged with DUI in May after he crashed his Mercedes G-Wagon into a power pole in southern California. Three months after the incident, the Pittsburgh native released his fifth studio album, Swimming
, in which he talked about his battle with substance abuse.
“Malcolm McCormick, known and adored by fans as Mac Miller, has tragically passed away at the age of 26,” his family said in a statement. “He was a bright light in this world for his family, friends and fans. Thank you for your prayers. Please respect our privacy. There are no further details as to the cause of his death at this time.”
Mac started rapping at the age of 14. He released his first mixtape “But My Mackin Ain’t Easy” in 2007 at the age of 15 under the name EZ. He followed it later with two mixtapes, “The Jukebox: Prelude To Class Clown” and “The High Life.”
He signed his first major deal in 2010 with Rostrum Records, where he dropped his breakthrough project K.I.D.S. Mac released his debut album “Blue Slide Park” in 2011 and his second album “Watching Movies With The Sound Off” in 2013. His third and fourth albums (“GO:OD AM” and “The Divine Feminine”) were released in 2015 and 2016 respectively.
Mac was a down to earth guy and it’s no surprise a lot of his colleagues in the industry have all come out to pay their respects.
Miller was preparing to embark on a tour in support of his latest album “Swimming” in late October.
Post Malone Involved In Car Accident
Post Malone was involved in a nearly fatal car crash on Friday (Sept. 7) in West Hollywood. According to reports, Malone was a passenger in his Rolls Royce around 2:40 a.m when a kia came out of nowhere and slammed into the the Rolls, causing severe damage to the driver’s side.
Fortunately for the “Beerbongs & Bentleys” rapper, he managed to escape the incident uninjured. Alcohol was reportedly not a factor and no arrest was made.
The accident comes just two weeks after a private jet carrying Malone was forced to make an emergency landing in New York. The plane blew two tires during takeoff and circled the New England area for hours before safely landing.
Quavo Announces Solo Album ”Quavo Huncho”
Quavo has been teasing a solo album for a while now. Last month the Migos rapper released a trio of tracks including “Bubble Gum,” “Lamb Talk”
and the Murda Beatz produced “Workin Me.”
On Wednesday (Sept. 5), Quavo put the speculations of whether or not he’s working on a solo project to rest with an official announcement.
“T H I S M O N T H Q U A V O H U N C H O T H A A L B U M,” he wrote on Instagram.
“Quavo Huncho” will serves as the first solo project from Migos, who released their most recent album Culture II in January.
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The album is set to arrive later this month.
Joe Budden Claims He’s Been Better Than Eminem For A Decade
Joe Budden fires back at Eminem’s “Kamikaze”
diss with an audacious claim, “News flash Em. I heard the album, and because I think you don’t really know all the members that were in the group], I don’t really think you know our history,” said Budden during the latest episode of his Joe Budden Podcast on Wednesday (Sept. 5). “Let me tell you what Joe Budden has thought this entire time. I’ve been better than you this entire fucking decade!”
“In my rapper brain, I’m a content nigga. You gotta say something. You have not said anything for the better part of a whole fucking decade,” he continued. “You have rhymed a bunch of words. Eminem is the best rhymer of words in the world, on the planet.”
Budden went on to let Em know what he’s going to have to do to get a response out of him. “You inspire me the way my harsh criticism inspired you. You go spit something to make the superior MC, me, get out of his bed,” he said. “In the event you want to address me, you’ll do it outside of your album roll out. The second you do it, I’m on your ass. I am going to cut your fucking ass up.”
Eminem dissed Joe Budden on ‘Fall’
after the former Slaughterhouse rapper called his 2017 album “Revival” trash. He also dissed Machine Gun Kelly, who already responded with “Rap Devil.”
Ty Dolla $ign Arrested For Drug Possession
Ty Dolla $ign was arrested on his way to a concert at Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood (Sept. 5) after Atlanta officers found “a ton of weed” in the vehicle he was riding in. Ty and his crew were driving in a van when they were pulled over in front of the Busy Bee Cafe outside Atlanta.
Law enforcement officers pulled everyone out and searched the vehicle before uncovering both cocaine and marijuana.
In the video footage obtained by TMZ
, several officers and drug dogs surround the vehicle. Ty was handcuffed and led to a police cruiser. The 6 other people he was travelling with were released without charges.
The Beach House singer will be charged with possession of less than an ounce of marijuana and possession of cocaine. He will be taken to the Fulton County Jail when the charges are finalized.
Kanye West Announces “Watch The Throne 2”
On Saturday night (Sept. 8) Kanye West announced that a follow up to “Watch The Throne,” a collaborative effort he released with JAY-Z in 2011 is coming soon.
“throne2 coming soon,” he wrote.
Fans have been eagerly awaiting a sequel to the groundbreaking project for years now, but the revelation comes as a shock mainly due to Ye and Jay’s recent discomfort with each other. Back in 2016 during his Saint Pablo tour stop in Seattle, West told the packed crowd that Watch The Throne 2 would never happen due to streaming wars between Apple and Tidal.
“There will never be a Watch the Throne 2. You know why? Because that’s the reason why I wasn’t on the song. I wasn’t on the song ’cause of Hov, ’cause of this Tidal, Apple, bullshit. And this shit be getting me tight every time I perform this motherfucker. Y’all didn’t get what y’all was supposed to get with me and Drake on this because of this Tidal, Apple, bullshit.”
He went on to accuse Hov of not picking his calls, which Hov responded to a year later on his record 4:44.
“Jay Z—call me, bruh. You still ain’t called me. Jay Z, I know you got killers. Please don’t send them at my head.”
For all we know “Throne2” could be referring to his upcoming work with Tekashi Troll9ine.
“Watch The Throne” debuted at No. 1 on the billboard 200 and earned seven Grammy nominations.
With no news of a settlement, it’s unclear if JAY would be joining him on the sequel.
Drake & Meek Mill Squash Beef
And just like that, Aubrey Graham and Robert Rihmeek Williams are friends again. On Saturday night (Sept. 8) Drizzy brought out his former foe, Meek Mill during the Aubrey And The Three Amigos Tour stop in Boston. After exchanging a quick handshake and manly hug, Meek went on to perform his classic “Dreams & Nightmares” intro for the packed crowd at the TD Garden.
“This really gave me peace of mind tonight. Healing and moving forward created one of the most electric and gratifying moments of my career,” Drake wrote on Instagram. “@meekmill I’m happy that you are home and that we could find our way back to our joint purpose �������� (Cue the Kevin Garnett “anything is possible” adlib).
The two started feuding back in 2015 after Meek Mill unwisely questioned Drake’s pen game. Drake proved he wasn’t a weakling and responded with “Charged Up” and “Back 2 Back.”
Upon bringing the philly rapper out, Drake said. “Meek Mill, that’s my brother.”
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