Despite the void left by Mac Miller’s tragic death in 2018, his music remained in constant rotation, as evidenced by the figures, which speak to his longevity. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) awarded double platinum certification to the Pittsburgh native’s final studio album, Swimming, on Wednesday (June 7), marking two million U.S. sales.
The project received its first platinum certification two years earlier, in February 2021, becoming Mac’s first body of work to do so. GO:OD AM (2015), Blue Slide Park (2011), Watching Movies With the Sound Off (2013), and the posthumous Circles (2020) are all gold albums at the moment. The album, “Swimming,” was released in August 2018, one month before Malcolm McCormick’s (Mac Miller) unintentional drug overdose death.
It is frequently regarded as his best body of work, and the year it was released, it received a nomination for Best Rap Album at the 61st Annual Grammy Awards. Even if he isn’t around to see his creativity reach new heights, the rapper, singer, and producer’s legacy lives on in his songs.
Mac’s estate contacted Swimming producer Jon Brion to assist in completing the record Mac was working on at the time of his passing. Circles was published in 2020 and received positive reviews. Having a 164,000 unit opening week, it popped up at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 and became Mac’s greatest sales week for an album.