Mac Miller Speaks On His Decision To Take The Indie Route On MTV's "This Is How I Made It"

Mac Miller tells his tale of indie success on MTV's newest series, "This Is How I Made It."

Joined by Olympic gymnast Gabrielle Douglas, Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller recently shared his story of success on the MTV docu-series, This Is How I Made It.

Miller detailed his humble beginnings as he spoke on the moment he realized what it was that he wanted to do with the rest of his life. And oddly enough, that moment came when the then aspiring emcee performed an acappella verse during a summer camp talent show.

“On one of them I stood up and like did an acappella verse and rapped for the whole camp and just killed it,” Miller shared. “And I remember just that feeling of getting over my nerves and performing for a crowd with me being like, ‘Okay, this is what I wanna do for the rest of my life.’”

Known for taking the indie route with his music, which has proven to be pretty successful for the Blue Slide Park rapper, Miller revealed that he knew early on that the signing to a major label route wouldn’t work.

“I saw the ticket to making it was being signed to a record label. There was kinda just no way that was gonna happen, I couldn’t figure out how to do it,” said the rapper. “That’s when I took to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to try and build a following. So I always just wanted to flood the internet with material and content and character and personality. I wanted people to know who I was and know what I was about and kinda let people into my life a little bit.”

MTVs This Is How I Made It premiered earlier in the month with an episode that featured Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz and actress Ashley Rickards.

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  • Anonymous

    This Is How I Made It: I'm Jew. End of story.

  • Anonymous

    this is all good and fine but the dude can't rap.

  • Malone

    Now a lot of you may know me as that asshole who leaves a lot of space between every comment to the point where no one else can post. I think we got off on the wrong foot. See I'm a nice guy. I pay my taxes on time. I help the old lady downstairs with her groceries. I like animals. I like loose women but most of all I love you all. My job here as a troll here on hiphopdx is to bring the light of love most of you probably haven't seen before. See I honestly believe that no matter how much of you call me a faggot and tell me I should die (suicide usually is the suggestion) deep inside I believe that you all love me too which is why I'm going to continue spreading more joy and love on this site. Thank you all for the time you have spent interacting with me and talking to me. I will never forget it and I will continue doing the good work I've been doing. Sincerely Yours -Malone

  • Malone

    Jacking off in the shower could never be this exciting.... Sincerely Yours -Malone

  • Mofo

    Rostrum distribution is INgrooves/Fontana,same as Strange Music for Tech N9ne.Dude is indie.

  • Anonymous

    his whole squad wack this nigga need 2 jump ship already and let beatiful hiphop have her peace

  • Anonymous

    people like him killing rap music

  • Anonymous

    dude is not indie...r u kidding me get this P.O.S. outa here...people like him calling rap music(and im white)

  • Dear Mac

    Dear Mac, Sorry to break it to you but you're actually not even close to Indie. You split money with not one, not two, but THREE different companies!!! LOL you're a sucka.


    Ummm My Dude... Sorry to break this to you... But, YOU ARE NOT INDY. How are You Independent, when you are signed to Rostrum Records, When Rostrum is distributed by Fantana Distribution, which is OWNED by Universal Music Group, the same label pushing Lil Wayne? don't lie Mac, Wiz Khalifa (who is signed to rostrum) fooled everyone by claiming he was indy when he first came out (He OBVIOUSLY WASN'T. Look at how popular he became), Now I guess the movers and shakers at rostrum are trying to apply the same dynamics to promote Mac Miller. LAME. Stop lying! It makes the company look really bad. And Mac, you don't get alot of respect in the hood, they clownin on you like they did with Failed protype no.3 AKA Asher Roth.

    • FoFF

      Stop hating my friend

    • Anonymous

      i agree with almost everything. If asher did not come out with I love college first, then he would be respected alot more for his craft. The guy can write very well, and his flow is real smooth. I Know you are going to write back and say something mean about me and asher, but before you do i have a favor. Please download Papst and Jazz by Asher Roth off datpiff. Give the first track a listen, then come back and say what ever you want to say.

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