Mac Miller is an indispensable name on the list of self-made artists. The Pittsburgh rapper is also self-made and an “alter ego” type. No wonder that his stage name Mac Miller is different from his name as a record producer, Larry Fisherman.
In 2011, the serial rapper was the first artist since 1995 to debut with an independent album at the top of the US Billboard 200. In the relatively short time that Miller has existed, he has released more than twelve projects, including mixtapes and studio albums.
How He Began
Mac Miller, whose birth name is Malcolm James McCormick, was born on 19 January 1992 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mac grew up a Jew, which was his mother’s religion. His Christian father, Mark McCormick, is an architect, his mother, Karen Meyers, is a photographer.
Malcolm attended Winchester Thurston School and then Taylor Allderdice High School. He was a very active student, involved in all sports, and regularly attended high school parties.
Miller’s first love when it came to music was singing, not rapping. He is self-taught and taught himself to play drums, piano, bass, and guitar. But once he fell in love with hip-hop, there was no turning back.
He started rapping at the age of fourteen and called himself “EZ Mac”. His first project, a mixtape, was made in 2007 when he was 15 years old. It was entitled “But My Mackin’ Ain’t Easy”. At that time, Miller was also a member of the rap duo The Ill Spoken together with his Pittsburgh director colleague Beedie. They had a mixtape together called How High in 2008 and the rapper released his next two mixtapes Prelude to Class Clown and The High Life in 2009.
Mac Miller signed to Rostrum Records, a remarkable independent record label, in 2010. He had attracted the attention of the label’s president, Benjy Grinberg while working on his K.I.D.S mixtape. It was at this time that he was discovered by other record companies, but decided to go with Grinberg. His two main reasons were that Rostrum operated from his hometown and had connections to big acts like Wiz Khalifa.
The mixtape that got him his record deal was released in August 2010 under Rostrum. On his first tour in 2010, all venues were sold out. The tour was called the Incredibly Dope Tour. Miller rounded off the year with two hip-hop awards from Pittsburgh.
In March 2011, Mac released his fifth project, Best Day Ever. The mixtape included hits like Donald Trump and All Around The World. The production was done by people like Chuck Inglish from The Cool Kids and 9th Wonder. In the same month, he released a six-track EP entitled On And On And Beyond and later another mixtape entitled I Love Life, Thank You. Acts like Bun B and Talib Kweli were involved in this project.
For the rest of 2011, he was to be featured on the remix of Maroon 5’s song Moves Like Jagger and his first album Blue Slide Park. Blue Slide Park debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 and recorded 144,000 saves in the first week. He also made it into the compilation of XXL magazine for the Freshmen Class of 2011.
Mac’s seventh mixtape came out on March 23, 2012, entitled Macadelic. During the year he released several singles and music videos and collaborated with names like Pharell Williams and rapper Schoolboy Q.
In November 2012, Miller released his first alter ego project, a jazz EP called You, which is available exclusively on iTunes. There was no rapping here, but Miller just exercised his vocal skills with loungey jazz instrumental pieces. The project was released under the name Larry Lovestein & The Velvet Revival.
In 2013, Miller released his second album entitled Watching Movies With the Sound Off, a project which, as he described, showed his vulnerability and looked inside himself. It debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200 charts and moved 101,000 units in the first week. Under his production pseudonym Larry Fisherman he also released a pure instrumental mixtape, Run-On Sentences. On 26 February 2013, he celebrated his first reality TV series. It ran for six episodes on MTV2 and was entitled Mac Miller and the family richest in drugs.
The production portfolio of Mac Miller and Ariana GrandeMiller includes his mixtape, the project of Delusional Thomas and Vince Staple, Stolen Youth.
The moderator from Pittsburgh switched from Rostrum Records to Rostrum Records in 2014. He signed a record deal and distribution agreement with Warner Bros. Music for his label REMember Music, which he launched in 2013. The contract is said to be worth 10 million dollars. He released his third and fourth studio album, GO: OD AM and The Divine Feminine under his new label.
Miller’s influences include stars such as Lauryn Hill, Beastie Boys, Outkast, A Tribe Called Quest, and most notably Wiz Khalifa. He describes the rapper inside and outside the business world as his big brother.
In 2012, in the early years of his fame, he became addicted to “Purple Drank”, the street name for a mixture of promethazine and codeine. He used it to meet the pressures and demands of the industry and his career. Finally, he weaned himself off it in November 2012 before he started working on his reality show.
He was also separately sued for copyright infringement on two of his mixtapes. He was arrested in 2011 along with some of his friends for possession of marijuana during a tour. However, they were released the next day.
Mac Miller Relationship With Ariana Grande
Mac Miller is together with the singer Ariana Grande. Whether consciously or unconsciously, Mac and Ariana began feeding the rumor mill with food when the singer brought him on stage during her performance at Billboard’s Hot 100 Music Festival. They were also spotted in each other’s company at the MTV Video Music Awards 2016. Mac and Ariana also introduced each other. First was Ariana’s breakout song The Way in 2013 and Miller’s slow Jam My Favorite part.
The duo continued to make themselves comfortable until Ariana finally made it official when she confirmed that they were together. She did this in September 2016 on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.
Mac Miller Net Worth
There is no doubt that Miller would have been worth a lot more if he had released more studio albums instead of mixtapes. Nevertheless, he quickly established himself as one of the more popular acts in the mainstream hip-hop scene.
According to Celebrity Networth, Mac Miller has a net worth of $14 million.
Mac Miller Girlfriend, Height
As far as anyone knows, Miller only had one relationship before 2013. He met her in middle school, and they were together for four years until they peaked in 2013. There’s no record of her name in any file.
Those four years included the time he worked on his Macadelic mixtape. He later admitted that a large part of the songs on the project was about his relationship with his girlfriend.
Miller stands at a height of 5 feet 7 inches (1.75 m).