Mac Miller Fans Remember Singer on First Anniversary of ‘Swimming’ Album

“It’s strange to miss someone you’ve never met, but that’s how it is,” one fan posts on Twitter

Mac Miller / Swimming

It’s been one year since Mac Miller released “Swimming,” the last album of the hip-hop artist’s short-lived life. But while the 26-year-old may be gone, he has not been forgotten. Fans across the world took to Twitter to celebrate the album and highlight the impact Miller had on their personal lives.

Released on Aug. 3, 2018, “Swimming” was a 13-track album that seemingly detailed the singer’s struggle with heartbreak, mental health and drug addiction. Released several months after his break up with singer Ariana Grande went public, the album was distributed by REMember Music and Warner Records. The production of the album was handled by a collection of artists, including Miller, J. Cole, Dev Hynes and Snoop Dogg.

Overall, “Swimming” received positive reviews at the time of its release, with The Guardian describing it as “a patient record in sound and concept” and “an ambling 13-song journey towards self-acceptance, one that does not end in triumph,” and Rolling Stone magazine calling it the “most impactful album of his career.”

Miller, whose real name is Malcolm James McCormick, died at the age of 26 of an accidental drug overdose on Sept. 7, 2018. The rapper had struggled with substance abuse in the past, and told Rolling Stone in August 2018 that he was putting all that behind him. “If a bunch of people think I am a huge drug addict, OK. Cool. What can I really do? Go talk to all those people and be like ‘Naw man, it’s really not that simple? Have I done drugs? Yeah. But am I a drug addict? No.”