Mac Miller is no dope. He is dope.
The Jewish, 19-year-old rapper from Pittsburgh recently had his first album debut at the top of the Billboard 200 chart. “Blue Slide Park” is his first album-length effort. It sold 144,000 copies in its first week.
“It’s crazy. I’ve been trying to take it all in,” Miller told Sway. “I’ve just been in constant motion, so I haven’t gotten a chance to really stop and realize how crazy this is. … It’s nuts, man.”
Mac, whose real name is Malcolm McCormick, has a Jewish mother and a non-Jewish father. He was raised Jewish and even had a bar mitzvah. He also has a prominent chai tattoo in Hebrew letters on his upper arm.
“Blue Side Park,” which is distributed by Benjy Grinberg’s Rostrum Records, is the first indie album release to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard chart since Tha Dogg Pound’s “Dogg Food” in 1995. Mac’s popularity is largely due to social networking – he has more than a million “likes” on Facebook and nearly the same volume of Twitter followers.
“I got no hatred towards major labels or anything,” Mac says. “We just really wanted to stick with our home team and keep it in the family.”