As loved ones and fans continue to mournthe sudden loss Mac Miller, those who worked closest with him -- and helped launch the rapper out his native Pittsburgh -- are taking a moment to reflect on his artistry and his devotion to it.
Benjy Grinberg, president Rostrum Records, signed a young Miller to his burgeoning label in 2010. He shared the following statement with Billboard following the death his protege and friend, who died on Sept. 7 at the age 26.
Mac was music. It dripped out his pores. He was the most talented person I've ever met. But even more importantly, he was a wonderful person. Through all the success, he remained the caring, earnest, funny, deep, complex, and loving person we all knew from the beginning. This is a terrible tragedy. I feel honored to have known him and I will miss him dearly. The gifts he shared with the world will live forever.
After signing with Grinberg, Miller went on to release his first two studio albums through the label, 2011's Blue Slide Park and 2013's Watching Movies with the Sound Off, as well as a live album (2013's Live from Space) and two EPs (2011's On and On and Beyond and 2012's You). Rostrum re-released a special fifth-anniversary edition Miller's 2011 mixtape Best Day Ever in 2016.