More About Mac MillerMalcolm "Mac Miller" McCormick isn't a product of his generation. Despite being born in the 1990's, the Pittsburgh native is more backpack then ringtone rap. Taking cues from older heads during formative years, he was introduced to Big L, A Tribe Called Quest, and OutKast- acts that would later help define his as an MC. "When I was coming up, hip-hop was just getting into the whole party scene and everything like that, and at that point, the classic hip-hop was something new to me," says Mac, 18. "It intrigued me to the point where I got on the computer and just researched all day and night."
Rapping along to vintage cuts got old soon enough, so, when Mac was eight, he began leisurely spitting his own raps. After working on his craft for years, Miller dropped his admittedly unpolished first mixtape, Mackin' Ain't Easy, in 2007, followed by The Jukebox: Prelude to Class Clown two years later. Not resting on his laurels, the young spitter went right back to work and released The High Life in late 2009. "The High Life was, like, when I actually started getting real fans," Mac explains. "My voice means something to them, so that's when I really started feelings like I was getting somewhere."
All the hard work wasn't going unnoticed. Rostrum Records, home to fellow Pittsburgh spitter Wiz Khalifa, had been tracking progress and signed him in July 2010. Riding the wave, Miller dropped his fourth mixtape, K.I.D.S. (Kickin' Incredibly Dope Shit), in August, boasting the playful single "Koolaid and Frozen Pizza." Rap isn't a hobby these days, and as a recent high school graduate, Mac plans on forgoing college to go pro, "Maybe I'll be that 50-year old dude that comes back and takes classes and, like, macks on college girls," he says. "But right now, it's just all about the music every day."