Part of a wave of independent hip-hop stars, Mac Miller grew up in Pittsburgh producing college party anthems and one-liner put-downs. Raised in the suburbs, Mac (real name Malcolm James McCormick) started rapping and singing at the age of 15 with The Ill Spoken, but it was through the mentoring and support of Wiz Khalifa that his skills grew and mixtapes 'K.I.D.S.' (2010) and 'Best Day Ever' (2011) started to gain widespread attention. Compared to the likes of The Beastie Boys, Outkast and A Tribe Called Quest, Mac Miller's bubblegum pop, dreamy cloud rap hallucinations and cartoon beats shot album 'Blue Slide Park' (2011) to the top of the US charts, making it the first independent release to debut at number one for more than a decade. He went on to tour with Lil Wayne, release jazz EP 'You' (2012) under the name Larry Lovestein & The Velvet Revival and launch his own MTV reality show, before recruiting Action Bronson, Earl Sweatshirt and Pharrell Williams and striking a more serious, forthright tone on psychedelic, synth-driven second album 'Watching Movies With the Sound Off' (2013). 'Faces', his tenth solo mixtape, was released in 2014 and revealed his new record deal with REMember Music, part of Warner Music. His third full-length album, 'GO:OD AM' came in 2015, followed by 'The Divine Feminine' in 2016 and 'Swimming' in 2018. After a life-long battle with drugs and alcohol, Miller succumbed to his addictions on 7th September 2018 after suffering a cardiac arrest caused by a suspected drug overdose. His sixth studio album, 'Circles', was released posthumously in January 2020.