Easy Mac With The Cheesy Raps
In the beginning, Mac didn’t give us too much to root for. There were a few things going against him: a lack of maturity, the internet sensation fame, but most obviously his first name choice (Easy Mac), and the cover of his first mixtape. He later makes fun of this name, with a spoken word piece from Loaded Lux: "You was easy mac with the cheesy raps, who the fuck is Mac Miller." At the tender age of 15, this is the world's first listen to the young rapper who by this time was already well heard of in the Pittsburgh rap game. This is Mac’s most childish (literally) phase, accompanied by overly braggadocios raps through excessive autotune and simple, jazzy beats.
Albeit all of this, he continued working his way up. First order of business, dropping 'Easy Mac' in place of 'Mac Miller' (thank God), and then to finishing two more mixtapes, The Jukebox: Prelude to Class Clown and The High Life, all while still in high school. However it was during his senior year when everything certifiably took off for Mac as he was handed the opportunity to sign to Rostrum Records, the well-known Pittsburgh label.
Once he started gaining some recognition as Mac Miller, he dropped two more mixtapes, K.I.D.S and Best Day Ever, both cemented in fun, youthful raps and thus sort of propelling the idea that Mac was a 'college rapper,' a notion he would dispel as he progressed.
Mac’s first debut album, Blue Slide Park, released in 2011 was special for many reasons. For one, it was the first independent album to top the Billboard album charts since 1995. It’s during this time that Mac gained fame for “Party on Fifth Ave.” and “Donald Trump” (the latter song appearing on Best Day Ever as well).