Sure, Mac Miller can partner up with a major label — who wouldn’t want a #1-selling, reality-show-starring, 21-year-old rap machine on their roster? Sadly for the majors, Mac loves his independence.
“I got no hatred towards major labels or anything. I never got a chance to hear what they had to say. We just really wanted to stick with our home team and keep it in the family,” Mac told “RapFix Live” back in 2011 right after his debut album Blue Slide Park hit #1 on the Billboard 200 albums, making him the first indie artist to accomplish the feat with a debut since Tha Dogg Pound did it in 1995.
Since BSP Mac has gone on to sell out world tours, release his critically acclaimed Macadelic mixtape and star in his own reality show, “Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family” on MTV2. On June 18, Mac dropped his sophomore album, Watching Movies with the Sound Off, and while he didn’t hit that #1 spot, he proved that he had what it takes to go up against musical heavyweights J. Cole and Kanye West. Yeezus hit #1 with over 325,000 copies sold, while Cole’s Born Sinner earned the # 2 spot moving 296,000 units. Mac hit #3 selling an impressive 101,000 copies in his first week — not bad for an indie.
Miller’s independent winning streak makes him a fitting representative for MTV’s July 4 Music Independence Day Blow Out, a 12-hour celebration of music from superstars and emerging artists alike on Thursday (July 4). From now until 6 p.m. on MTV, VH1 and CMT, you can watch all your favorite videos — in between celebrating our nation’s birth/blowing stuff up. For more information, check out the MTV Music Independence Day Takeover official site!
MTV’s celebration will include a block party of music hosted by artists that will feature eclectic genres and themes while spotlighting independent artists that have emerged from Artists.MTV.com as well as themed video hours, intimate performances and some of the bigger music moments throughout MTV history.