News: Mac Miller's Rep Breathes New Life Into On-Stage Collapse Footage

Monday, Aug 12, 2013 4:15PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Hours after footage of Mac Miller collapsing to the stage of a recent live concert sparked widespread attention, the Pittsburgh rapper's camp has cleared the air on what really went down.

Despite how it appeared, a Miller representative claims the "collapse" was part of the performance.

A Mac Miller representative has responded to claims that the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania rapper collapsed during the Phoenix, Arizona stop of his "Space Migration Tour" Friday (August 9). "He didn't collapse," Miller's rep said in an exclusive statement to HipHopDX Monday (August 12). "He just ducked down on stage as part of the set." (HHDX)

Footage of the rapper performing new music and eventually falling to the stage had the Internet buzzing early Monday (August 12).

Mac Miller performed at the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix as the second stop on his Space Migration tour over the weekend. While he was performing the title track to his latest album 'Watching Movies', Mac started to feel unwell (at the 1:28 mark) but he gathered himself and continued to perform the song. But around 30 seconds later, he fully collapsed to the ground after which his team quickly had the lights of the venue dim down. The reason is unknown but it didn't take him long to get back up and finish his set. Hope he's doing alright. (HHNM)

A few days ago, Mac hinted at needing to get some rest.

"In Vegas. Need sleep.," Mac tweeted August 8. (Mac Miller's Twitter)

Earlier this year, Mac said bad music reviews sparked a temporary retreat to heavy drug usage.

Mac took the bad reviews to heart. They didn't just piss him off; they sent him into a personal tailspin. His problems got worse once he started the Macadelic Tour in March 2012. For the first leg of the tour, he played nothing but colleges, venues that did nothing to dispel the perception that the young MC was nothing more than a "frat rapper." Over six grueling months he played 53 shows, including 20 in Europe ("Going through customs every day is not fun," said his entourage). To help manage the stress he started using promethazine. Somewhere along the way he became addicted. "I love lean; it's great," says Mac. But during the Macadelic tour things got out of hand. "I was not happy and I was on lean very heavy," he admits. "I was so f*cked up all the time it was bad. My friends couldn't even look at me the same. I was lost." (Complex)

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