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.