The age of the hater is over.
If you have enough time to be up on YouTube channels bad-chatting new talent, perhaps the main cause of your frustrations lie closer to home? Nineteen-year-old Pittsburgh MC Mac Miller raps only about life as he knows and loves it. He’s the poster boy for an optimistic generation coming up and taking over. Fronting the ‘thumbs up movement’ – an attitude all about raising thumbs, not fingers – he spends almost all of his time hanging out with his boys at Blue Slide Park, and has even dedicated his debut album to his cherished stomping ground. After first picking up an instrument at the age of six, Mac – real name Malcolm McCormick – could play the drums, piano, guitar and bass by eight, and went on to produce and release a much-hyped mixtape aged only fifteen. He went to the same high school as Wiz Khalifa and he’s signed to the same label, his YouTube videos are levelling up to 30 million views, his twitter page boasts well over a million followers – tweet tweet – and he’s still a teenager. “When you’re young not much matters,” starts Mac’s 2010 mixtape K.I.D.S (sampling the Larry Clark film it’s named after). “When you find something that you care about, then that’s all you got.”
Pick up a copy of The Winter Warm Up Issue now to i-D online’s full interview with M.M.