(Mac Miller’s homecoming concert in Pittsburgh)
By Shakira Atitebi
Mac Miller might be playing “I Feel Good” by James Brown right now, because he’s earned Gold certification for “Donald Trump,” a single off of his mixtape Best Day Ever. The Pittsburgh rapper revealed the news to his fans on Twitter Wednesday (December 28) writing “I have my first gold record. dope.” Benjy Grinberg, president and founder of his label Rostrum Records, verified the news, tweeting, “Congrats to @macmiller and @TheRealSap for “Donald Trump” officially going GOLD!!! Amazing! #FirstGoldSingle.”
This has been an exceptional year for the 19-year-old MC. His independent November debut, Blue Slide Park, secured the #1 spot on the Billboard charts, selling over 144, 000 in its first week and Miller then proceeded to sell out venues across the country when he toured in support of the album.
Mac Miller first made his mark in 2010 when he signed to independent label Rostrum Records and dropped his K.I.D.S. mixtape. He was approached by several major record labels but the talented rapper wanted to work with people that he was familiar with. “I never really got far enough to see an offer for real,” Miller told MTV News. “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,”
Grinberg, who is also Mac’s manager, rejected offers. “They called Benjy and wanted to talk, but Benjy was just on some ’We’re not trying to talk right now, we’re doin’ this independently.’ And we just left it at that.” This strategic plan has paved the way for Miller’s Success. To top of his remarkable year, Miller will ring in the New Year in Times Square performing on MTV’s “NYE in NYC 2012,” airing live at 11 p.m. ET/10 p.m. CT on December 31.