Mac Miller is arguably one of the biggest independent hip-hop artists in the game, but with success, comes a whole lot of stress... which made him turn to drugs.
The Pittsburgh rapper made history with his debut LP, Blue Slide Park, when it became the first independently-distributed album to top the Billboard 200 since 1995. However, despite its success, the project received criticism... which Miller didn't take too well.
In an interview with Complex.com, for its online cover story, Mac Miller explained that harsh reviews made him become addicted to promethazine, better known as "lean."
"I love lean; it's great," he tells the magazine. "I was not happy and I was on lean very heavy. ... I was so f***ed up all the time -- it was bad. My friends couldn't even look at me the same. I was lost."
According to Mac, critics' attack on his character were the focus of his issues.
"A lot of the reviews were more on me as a person," he explained. "To be honest, that was even worse. You're 19, you're so excited to put out your first album, you put it out, and no one has any respect for you or for what you did."
Read the full interview with Mac Miller over at Complex.com.