Hip-hop praises the hustle, so Easy Mac definitely got his props for building a name for himself with no major label. His debut album, Blue Slide Park, was the first independently distributed album to reach No. 1 on the Billboard 200 since 1995’s Dogg Food. This was just off his mixtape buzz.
This victory wasn’t enough to give Miller street cred though; Loaded Lux would note he was "Easy Mac with the cheesy raps." A lot of critics would go on to slam him — especially a 1 out of 10 rating from Pitchfork. He wasn’t going to let the negatives keep him down though. He reinvented himself as a weirdo rap connoisseur and got himself a new circle of friends that included the likes of Action Bronson, Domo Genesis and ScHoolboy Q. You can even say he’s at fault for starting the superfriends era of rap that Kendrick Lamar broke down with “Control.” Fortunately, Miller got to release the solid Watching Movies With the Sound Offin June, which solidified his new approach to rap, which has since got even weirder on releases like Faces.