Mac Miller

Who was Mac Miller?

Malcolm James McCormick (January 19, 1992 to September 7, 2018), known professionally as Mac Miller, was an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Miller began his career in Pittsburgh's hip hop scene in 2007, at the age of fifteen. In 2010, he signed a record deal with independent label Rostrum Records, and released his breakthrough mixtapes K.I.D.S. (2010) and Best Day Ever (2011). Miller's debut studio album, Blue Slide Park (2011), became the first independently-distributed debut album to top the US Billboard 200 since 1995.

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Personal Life and Childhood

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Malcolm James McCormick was born on January 19, 1992, in the Point Breeze neighborhood of Pittsburgh. He was the son of Karen Meyers, a photographer, and Mark McCormick, an architect, and had an older brother, Miller. His mother is Jewish, and his father is Christian. While he and his brother were raised Jewish, he attended a Catholic grade school to "ensure a good education and a chance to play football and lacrosse."

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Mac Miller was also interested in music and learned playing different kinds of musical instruments like the piano, drums, bass, and guitar. He was a self-taught musician and did not attend any music classes.While he wanted to be a singer in his teens, he started rapping at the age of fourteen. When he was fifteen years old, Mac Miller decided to focus on hip-hop.

Career

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Mac Miller released a mixtape called How High in 2008. How High was a success and he released two individual mixtapes called The Jukebox Prelude to Class Clown and The High Life.In 2009, Mac Miller participated in the MC competition at Shadow Lounge and featured among the final four in Rhyme Callisthenics. When he was just seventeen, Mac Miller signed on to ‘Rostrum Records’ label in the year 2010. A new mixtape called K.I.D.S was released under the Rostrum Records banner in the year 2010.. A significant breakthrough in the career of Mac Miller came in late 2010, when he embarked on his first tour called ‘The Incredibly Dope Tour’. The tour was a massive success and sold out at all the locations.In 2010, Mac’s first single called ‘Knock Knock’s video premiered on YouTube and went viral and gave nationwide recognition to him.

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In July 2011, Miller announced his first album Blue Slide Park on his YouTube Channel. The album was released in November 2011 after a slight delay. It was ranked No. 1 on Billboard 200 and sold 144,000 copies within the first week of its release. His second album Watching Movies with the Sound Off was released in June 2013. In 2013, he started his own record label REMember Music.Mac Miller severed all his ties with the Rostrum Records label in 2014. In the same year, he signed a recording contract and distribution deal for his personal recording label REMember Music with Warner Bros. Records for a sum of US$ 10 million.In September 2015, he released his third album called GO:OD AM.In July 2016, he announced his fourth album called The Divine Feminine. The album was released in September 2016.

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Legacy

After his death of an accidental overdose at the age of 26, many of his fans were hurt and affected greatly. Prior to his death, Miller had been crafting more music for an upcoming album; although the album was never fully finished through Miller, his music team and family/friends decided to finish and release it. Circles was supposed to connect with Miller’s 2018 album Swimming spelling out Swimming in Circles. In summary, the album is a realization and reminder to keep pushing through the bad things that happen in our lives because our lives can only get better from where they were originally.