VIDEO: J Cole Gave a Tearful Tribute to Mac Miller Following His Suicide
It’s been a few days since rapper Mac Miller had a drug overdose at 26 and it’s hit a special nerve with many in the industry especially with it being National Suicide Prevention Day today. His exes Ariana Grande and Nomi Leasure have paid tribute to him, Elton John performed a song for him on his farewell tour but one that especially struck a chord was that of rapper J Cole. He dedicated his entire tour date in Vegas last night to Mac Miller.
“Every day Vegas, people die,” he began. “Today, yesterday or tomorrow, they die and they never got a chance to deal with they shit. They never he knew they was supposed to. Well, I’m telling you this tonight Vegas. I’m not tryna wait ’til I die to deal with my shit.
“I’m tryna deal with my shit right fuckin’ now, I ain’t tryna wait ’cause I know if I don’t deal with it, it’s gon’ keep fucking with me; it’s gon’ keep throwing me off track.”
He continued, “I got this song right now I want to do for y’all … Put y’all cell phones in the fuckin’ sky right now for my nigga Mac Miller. We gonna do this whole song for him. This whole show is for him.”
You can see him tearing up while speaking. This should come as no surprise as his latest album and tour are titled KOD, standing for Kids On Drugs, King Overdosed and Kill Our Dreams.
“This is a message for anybody in this game that’s going through something,” he wrote. “If you don’t feel right, if you feel you have a substance problem, if you need a ear to vent to. If you uncomfortable talking to people around you. Please reach out to me.”
We all go through things and suicide doesn’t discriminate based on wealth, gender or race. Mac Miller was a hit at 16 years old and has remained one for the last 10 years of his life. Just a few months ago he had a close call where he drove his Mercedes truck into a poll while being under the influence. He said he was happy it happened to give him a wake up call but apparently that wasn’t enough. If you or anyone you know is considering taking their life, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline phone number at 1-800-273-8255.
— tommy (@TGierczic) September 8, 2018
Never seen cole cry. But Mac Miller's death really hit him. Kids on drugs is what his whole KOD album was about. One of his greatest albums yet. The message is to stay away from drugs. Please people. Save your own lives. pic.twitter.com/oW1PbZp7iH
— ARKAD (@ivanefosa) September 9, 2018
This is a message for anybody in this game that’s going through something. If you don’t feel right, if you feel you have a substance problem, if you need a ear to vent to. If you uncomfortable talking to people around you. Please reach out to me.
— J. Cole (@JColeNC) September 7, 2018
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