Mac Miller Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

Mac Miller was an American rapper, singer-songwriter, and record producer born on January 19, 1992, and died on September 7, 2018. He started making music in Pittsburgh when he was just 15 years old. In 2010, he signed with Rostrum Records and gained fame with mixtapes like “K.I.D.S.” (2010) and “Best Day Ever” (2011). His first studio album “Blue Slide Park” (2011) made history as the first independently released debut album to top the US Billboard 200 since 1995.

In 2013, he launched his label REMember Music. After his second album Watching Movies with the Sound Off (2013) he moved to Warner Bros. Records in 2014. With Warner Bros. he released four more albums: “GO:OD AM” (2015), “The Divine Feminine” (2016), “Swimming” (2018), and “Circles” (2020) which was released after his death. Swimming earned him a posthumous Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album. Besides rapping he produced music for himself and others under the name Larry Fisherman.

Mac Miller openly struggled with addiction which he often talked about in his songs. Sadly he passed away from an accidental overdose involving cocaine fentanyl and alcohol in his home when he was 26 years old.

Full NameMalcolm James McCormick
Date of BirthJanuary 19, 1992
DiedSeptember 7, 2018
Place of BirthPittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
OccupationRapper, Singer, Songwriter, Producer
Height5 feet 8 inches (1.75 meters)
PartnerAriana Grande (2016 – 2018)
Net Worth$9 million

Mac Miller’s Early Life and Education

Mac Miller Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

Mac Miller was born on January 19, 1992, in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. His mom Karen Meyers worked as a photographer and his dad Mark McCormick was an architect. He had an older brother named Miller. His family background was mixed – his mom was Jewish and his dad was Christian. Although they were raised in the Jewish faith Mac and his brother went to a Catholic school for a good education and to play sports like football and lacrosse. Mac went to several schools including Winchester Thurston and Taylor Allderdice High School where he graduated.

Mac was a talented musician who taught himself to play piano guitar drums and bass all before he turned six. He began rapping at 14 though before that he had dreams of becoming a singer. In high school, he decided to pursue rap seriously. He once said “Once I hit 15 I got real serious about it and it changed my life completely … I used to be into sports play all the sports go to all the high school parties. But once I found out hip-hop is almost like a job that’s all I did.”


Mac Miller Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

Mac Miller signed with Rostrum Records a label based in Pittsburgh in July 2010 before releasing his mixtape K.I.D.S. Rostrum’s president Benjy Grinberg met Miller while working with Wiz Khalifa at ID Labs. Initially, Grinberg offered advice but didn’t get involved until he saw Miller’s growth on K.I.D.S. Miller chose Rostrum over other labels due to its location and connection to Wiz Khalifa. K.I.D.S. dropped in August 2010 and gained traction through social media digital sales and extensive touring rather than traditional radio play.

In 2011, XXL featured Miller in its “Freshman Class” alongside rappers like Kendrick Lamar and Meek Mill. He released his mixtape Best Day Ever and its single “Donald Trump” hit the Billboard Hot 100 marking his first chart success. His EP On and On and Beyond aimed at a new audience and made his debut on the Billboard 200.

Mac Miller’s first studio album Blue Slide Park released in November 2011 topped the Billboard 200 with 144000 first-week sales a rare feat for an independently distributed debut since 1995. Despite its commercial success, the album received mixed reviews. Miller continued to release music including mixtapes like Macadelic and projects under different aliases. He founded REMember Music and starred in his MTV2 series.

His second studio album “Watching Movies” with the Sound Off came out in June 2013 and received positive reviews for its new sound. The album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200. Throughout his career, Miller explored different musical styles and collaborations leaving a lasting impact before his tragic passing in 2018.

Mac Miller left Rostrum Records when his contract ended in January 2014. On May 11, 2014, he released his Faces mixtape independently. It’s a deep dive into his struggles with drugs fame and reflection on his past described by critics as his most honest work up to that point. In mid-2014 his reality show Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family aired its second season on MTV2.

Mac Miller Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

In October 2014, Mac Miller signed with Warner Bros. Records for his REMember Music label choosing them for their independent approach. His third studio album “GO:DO AM” was released on September 18, 2015, debuting at number four on the Billboard 200. It featured the hit single “Weekend” with Miguel.

After “GO:DO AM”, Miller focused on exploring love in his music. His fourth album “The Divine Feminine” came out on September 16, 2016, blending rap with genres like R&B and jazz. It received praise for its portrayal of love and debuted high on the Billboard charts.

Swimming Miller’s fifth studio album released on August 3, 2018, continued to receive positive reviews. It explored themes of heartbreak and mental health debuting at number three on the Billboard 200.

Following Mac Miller’s tragic death in September 2018 his music saw renewed interest. His posthumous album “Circles” released in January 2020 was intended as a companion to Swimming. It debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 with its single “Good News” becoming a significant hit.

Several of Miller’s earlier mixtapes such as “K.I.D.S” and “Faces” were re-released in subsequent years marking milestones and honoring his legacy in music. His influence continues to be felt through collaborations and unreleased works approved by his estate showcasing his ongoing impact on the music industry.

Net Worth

Mac Miller had an estimated net worth of $9 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. The main source of Mac Miller’s net worth was his career as a rapper, singer, and songwriter. He earned money through selling his music, concert tours, and streaming royalties.

Additionally, he had business ventures like his own record label, which also contributed to his income. Mac Miller was known for his successful albums and collaborations in the music industry, which boosted his earnings over the years.

Personal life

Mac Miller Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

Mac Miller openly discussed his struggles with drug addiction and depression. During his Macadelic Tour in 2012, he started using promethazine to cope with stress but soon became addicted to lean (a mixture containing promethazine and codeine). By early 2013, Miller admitted to Complex that he loved Lean but realized it was making him unhappy and causing problems with his friends.

He quit using promethazine in November 2012 just before filming his reality show. In 2014, Miller was using drugs daily and he felt that “Grand Finale” the last track on his mixtape Faces might be his final song ever.

By August 2015, he told Billboard that he had improved his health but hadn’t completely quit drugs. In a documentary from February 2016 Miller mentioned that he hated being sober but by October 2016 he had managed three months of sobriety which improved his mood and creativity. However, by April 2017, he described himself as “living regularly” suggesting his journey with sobriety had its ups and downs.

Mac Miller had an on-again off-again relationship with writer Nomi Leasure whom he had known since middle school until 2016. Many songs on his mixtape Macadelic were inspired by their relationship. From August 2016 to May 2018 he dated singer Ariana Grande.

In terms of legal issues in February 2011, Miller and his friends were arrested for marijuana possession while on tour in Upstate New York spending a night in jail. The case was resolved afterward.

In July 2012, producer Lord Finesse filed a $10 million lawsuit against Miller Rostrum Records and DatPiff for using a sample of Finesse’s song without permission in Miller’s mixtape. They settled out of court in December 2012. In March 2015 the band Aquarian Dream sued Miller for sampling their song without permission in his mixtape Faces.

In May 2018, Mac Miller was arrested for driving under the influence and hit-and-run after crashing into a utility pole and leaving the scene with passengers. He was released on bail but faced charges later that year. Unfortunately, Miller passed away before facing trial, and the charges were dropped.


Mac Miller Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

On September 7, 2018, Mac Miller was found unconscious at his home in Studio City. His assistant called 911 and tried CPR but he was declared dead at 11:51 a.m. that day. Miller was supposed to film a music video and start his Swimming Tour soon.

In his will, Miller left his belongings to his mom, dad, and brother. He was buried in Pittsburgh’s Homewood Cemetery in a Jewish ceremony. The Los Angeles County Coroner later confirmed that Miller died accidentally from a mix of fentanyl cocaine and alcohol.

Fans gathered for a vigil on September 11, 2018, at Blue Slide Park in Pittsburgh the place that inspired his first album’s name. This spot remains a tribute to him. A concert called “Mac Miller: A Celebration of Life” was held on October 31, 2018, at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.

Friends and artists performed to raise money for the Mac Miller Circles Fund supporting youth arts and communities in his honor. The fund raised more than $700000 by January 2019 and continues to support young musicians.

In September 2019, three men were arrested for their roles in Miller’s death. Cameron James Pettit allegedly sold him fake oxycodone pills laced with fentanyl just before he died. Ryan Reavis and Stephen Walter were involved in supplying the pills. They were charged with distributing drugs that led to death.

Ryan Reavis was sentenced to ten years in prison on April 18, 2022, while Stephen Walter received a 17-and-a-half-year sentence on May 17, 2022. Cameron James Pettit’s sentence is not known; he is expected to be released on October 14, 2024.