When Mac Miller freestyled with Snoop Dogg
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When Mac Miller freestyled with Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg requires little introduction as one of the greatest names in rap music for the last 30 years. His career began to take off as he flew under the wing of Dr Dre, who invited Snoop to join him on his 1992 debut solo album and masterpiece The Chronic. It wasn’t long before Snoop had released his debut solo album, Doggystyle, which was produced by Dr Dre. Over the 1990s, he rose to worldwide prominence and has since sold over 23 million albums in the US and 35 million worldwide.

Towards the beginning of the 2010s, a new talent in the rap world rose to prominence when a young prodigy from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, known professionally as Mac Miller, released his debut recordings. In 2011, he released his first full album, Blue Side Park, which became the first independently distributed debut album to top the US Billboard chart since 1995. 

Not long after his rise to global stardom, Mac Miller became a good friend of fellow rapper, Snoop Dogg. In 2013, the pair starred alongside each other in Scary Movie 5, a surrealist comedy spoof film that parodies popular horror movies. In the film, the two are seen walking in the Humboldt County Woods in search of a cannabis farm from which to steal a hefty share. After finding a farm, the two flee, carrying a ludicrously gigantic joint on their shoulders and take refuge in a haunted cabin in the woods where they are met with supernatural entities.

Sadly, in the real world, Mac Miller battled with drug addictions that went beyond cannabis. He often detailed his issues with substance abuse in his music, and it seemed that following his split from singer Ariana Grande in 2018, his habits began to take a turn for the worse. In September 2018, he was found dead, aged just 26, at his Los Angeles home after an apparent overdose of cocaine and fentanyl. It’s unclear whether his death was accidental or an act of suicide, but there have been reports that the young rapper had experienced suicidal thoughts in the past.

Following Miller’s passing, Snoop Dogg was among those leading tributes for the star on Twitter: “So sad u gone home young Mac I had to post this to smile and think about the good Time we had on the set of this movie man god bless ya family. Pittsburg we lost a real one today.”

In 2013, Snoop Dogg invited Mac Miller to his show on GGN to put the world to rights. During the show, Miller explains how he became a rap artist and explains that he would love to work with the legendary rapper Missy Elliott. Later, they embark on a cannabis-fueled conversation about the practicalities of having sex in outer space among other miscellaneous topics that greet their minds. At around the eight-minute mark, Miller gives his views on freestyle rapping, explaining the pitfalls he finds when attempting it. The two then try their hand at some freestyle rapping over a reggae-style backing track. 

Stream the full episode below.