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Thundercat, Kehlani & More Pay Tribute to Mac Miller on His Birthday

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Mac Miller, who passed away four months ago of a tragic drug overdose, would have turned 27 on Saturday, January 19. The day proved to be an emotional day for fans, friends and associates of the late rapper with many paying their tributes on social media.

Thundercat, Rex Orange County and Kehlani were but a few of the names to share heartfelt messages. Mac’s ex Ariana Grande posted a tweet that simply read “miss u,” although it has since been deleted.

It was revealed two days ago that Mac’s parents would likely attend the Grammy’s in his honor after his final album, Swimming, received a Grammy nomination in the Best Rap Album category.

Mac, real name Malcolm McCormick, passed away on 7 September. His death was attributed to an accidental overdose of fentanyl, cocaine and alcohol.

Read some of the reactions below.

You can donate to the Mac Miller Circles Fund here. The money raised will fund various arts and education programs for underprivileged youth in Miller’s hometown.

If you or anyone you know are struggling with addiction, please reach out to the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) or Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for assistance, even if you just need to talk.

Next, revisit 8 iconic Mac Miller songs that changed our lives.

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Playboi Carti Convicted of Punching Tour Bus Driver in the UK

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Playboi Carti (Jordan Carter) has been convicted of assault and causing damages to a tour bus while in Scotland last February. The incident in question occurred during Carti’s European tour when the rapper allegedly entered into a dispute with his tour-bus driver regarding the quality of the bus, which was transporting his 14-person entourage between Glasgow and London, and was reportedly rented for about £30,000 ($38,650 USD) for his three-week tour.

According to reports, the driver failed to action Carti’s complaints. The BBC has reported that one of the drivers, Alistair MacLeish, 57, told the court he saw Carter punch the German driver of the original tour bus.” He said, “I saw things being thrown around the tour bus and then a man ran across and punched the driver on the face, cutting him and knocking his glasses off.”

According to reports, two of Playboi Carti’s tour managers claimed that he “acted in self-defense.”

Playboi Carti denied the assault against the driver but admitted causing damage to the vehicle. He was reportedly fined a total of £800 ($1,030 USD): £500 for assault and £300 for to the driver’s window.

Read more over at BBC.com.

Isabelle is an Australian writer based in Berlin.

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Terror Jr Is Feeling “Pretty” in New Politically-Charged Video

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Following their socio-political anthem, “Heaven Wasn’t Made For Me,” pop duo Terror Jr has dropped the official video for their latest single, “Pretty,” one of the 14 tracks listed on their full-length album, Unfortunately, due out January 25 via Atlantic Records.

While their previously featured track, “Heaven Wasn’t Made For Me,” confronted themes like women’s reproductive rights, LGBT rights and substance abuse, the Hollywood-inspired visual for “Pretty” places an emphasis on society’s ugly obsession with youth, juxtaposed with the upbeat production, along with facing reality. Overall, it insists that beauty is only skin deep, as it aspires to eliminate toxic beauty standards.

Enjoy the video above, then after, watch Yung Lean and Bladee’s video for their new single “Red Velvet.”