Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller recently discussed his short-lived battle with drugs, notably syrup, and what really made him kick the addictive habit for good.
According to Miller, he initially stopped using syrup to avoid gaining weight.
The “Donald Trump” MC says things didn’t get too bad and luckily he was able to kick the habit. “I don’t want to act like I was like this serious heroic story, tackling a drug,” Mac told MTV News correspondent Sway Calloway on Wednesday when he appeared on “RapFix Live.” “The reality is I gained, like, 40 pounds when I was going to MTV and I didn’t want to be fat on national television. I just stopped.” (MTV)
He then went on to admit family and friends pointed out the serious impact it was having on his life.
During a portion of the Watching Movies recording process, Mac, who had relocated to Los Angeles, received a visit from his original Pittsburgh producers E. Dan and Big Jerm. As soon as Miller picked them up from the airport, they could tell something was off. “I probably had a cup in the car with me and picked ‘em up and came back,” he said, recalling not being able to keep his eyes open during their scheduled studio session. “I was sitting there trying to stay awake and I passed out.” Everyone from his Most Dope crew to his mother voiced their concern. “I kicked it. But it’s addictive; don’t mess around,” he warned. “I don’t know how down and bad I was — but I guess I was.” (MTV)
Earlier this year, Mac said bad music reviews sparked his 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)
After some tough struggles, Miller eventually conquered his addiction last fall.
As Mac’s addiction grew more serious, his inner circle urged him to quit. He tried going cold turkey, but always wound up binging. It was just last November, before he started shooting the reality show, that Mac quit lean for good. “For how much he was drinking,” says [childhood friend] Jimmy, “it’s unbelievable that he stopped. It’s definitely one of the most impressive things he’s ever done.” (Complex)