There has been a frequent and unavoidable pattern that consists of the efforts that any Caucasian rapper coming after "Eminem" must exert in order to have themselves separated from Em's shadow of just being another "white" rapper and the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native MC and multi-instrumentalist "Malcolm James McCormick" has done just that. Malcolm is better known to most as, "Mac Miller" and has always had a passion for music due to him being a self taught musician as he started playing piano at the age of 6 and eventually learned to play the bass, guitar and the drums as well. Before he was ever known as Mac Miller, he initially proclaimed himself, "Easy Mac" but eventually would drop the first part of his name and would go by the name his grandfather called him as a child in Mac Miller. Once Mac got to High School at Taylor Allderdice he decided at the age of 15 that he wanted Hip-Hop to be his full time job and so he spent his summers, unlike other kids, making music on a daily basis. Being born on January 19th, 1992 made Mac only about 16 when he released his first mixtape, "But My Mackin Ain't Easy" made on his laptop using Garageband and Pro Tools as he states in this video (2007). After receiving some positive praise from his first project, Mac was determined to showcase his lyrical skills while at the same time trying to figure out who he was as a person and cultivating his own music at a young age.
Miller would continue to show improvement with his follow up project, "The Jukebox: Prelude To Class Clown". In this interview, Miller states how his third project, "The High Life" was about a simple teenager dealing with normal problems of trying to graduate and just wanting to have fun growing up while simultaneously becoming a vastly improved artist. This project would land him plenty of positive recognition with over 30,000 downloads of the project early on. Mac's crazy lyrical ability and slick punchlines along with the generated buzz akin to one of his rap influences, "Big L" , would land him a deal with the independent record label, "Rostrum Records" in 2010. Building off the hype, he released his fourth project, "Kicking Incredibly Dope Shit" that same year. The tape was such a huge success that Miller was able to headline his first very successful, "Incredibly Dope Tour" with his "Most Dope" crew in 2011.
Since his first tour, Mac's musical career has been in hyper-speed as he has been a XXL Freshmen in 2011, on Forbes 30 under 30 list in 2012, dropped 8 highly acclaimed mixtapes and 3 successful albums. Among some of Mac's mixtape work includes, "Best Day Ever" (2011), "Macadelic" (2012) and "Faces" (2014). Miller has also released three albums including his debut best selling album, "Blue Side Park" (2011). Mac Miller also recently signed with his first major label in 2014 with, "Warner Brothers" for 10 million dollars because he said it allowed him to do what he wanted creatively whilst having the resources and opportunities that a major platform can provide. We encourage you to check out his latest albums, "Watching Movies With The Sound Off" and "GO:OD AM" , as well as check out some of his best songs below!