Mac Miller “But My Mackin Ain’t Easy” Mixtape Download & Stream
Mac Miller releases his Official Mixtape But My Mackin Ain’t Easy, Hosted by Keynote Productions. The 9-track tape was released in 2007 and serves as the first Mac Miller Mixtape when he was only 16. Production is handled by Keynote.
This is where it all began for Mac Miller, who once used to be called Easy Mac at the age of 16. But My Mackin Ain’t Easy is his first official release, this mixtape was in 2007. The original version of this mixtape is something that Mac Miller sold at the time in the courtyard of his school. These 9 tracks reveal the voice and style of the early Mac Miller. The mixtape was released in 2007, before he had a deal with Rostrum Records and it showcases the young Pittsburgh talent’s skills when he was just rising in the game.
Growing up in a home that appreciated music, Mac Miller (born Malcolm McCormick) naturally drifted toward music, learning to play the piano when he was five, then picked up the drums and guitar when he was 10. “My dad plays guitar and my mom just loves music,” he tells. “She’s listens to everything from Aretha Franklin to the Talking Heads, Lauryn Hill, The Beatles…you name it, she listened to it.” But it wasn’t until he was a freshmen in high school that he began to take himself seriously as an MC, always freestyling any chance he got. “I’d freestyle for hours at a time,” he describes. “My first mixtape was at 15, too and it was f*cken hard, with me rhyming over beats for Tech N9ne, Alchemist, 9th Wonder beats and stuff.” While he can’t exactly pinpoint the moment when he realized he had a knack for spitting rhymes, he does suggest his discovery of rapper Big L’s music as an influential moment that helped direct him to his MC dreams.
“I wanted to be as raw and rugged as a rapper as he was,” Mac Miller pointed out. “My early sh*t is really raw if you listen to [the 2007 mixtape, But My Mackin Aint’ Easy. If you pay close attention, you could tell that I had something in me, like, this is real talent even though it was my first joint.” Before transforming into the Mac Miller we know today, when he first emerged he used to go by the name EZ Mac. He was also actually part of the rap group, The Ill Spoken Word, with his friend Beedie, who was, then, four years older than him, but embraced the young MC’s talent.
“Beedie was my homie’s older brother who was already established with his rhymes. He had the mic and the computer and would invite me over to rap with him. He was somebody that also took freestyling as serious as me, so we started performing together when I was 16 and formed the group. We were both just grinding hard and making raw ass hip-hop together.” Their mixtape release How High in 2008 garnered much attention from local fans, but since they were both solo artists at heart, the two had their “own journeys and different musical paths,” with Mac Miller eventually changing his name to his current moniker and signing with Pittsburgh indie label, Rostrum Records, in 2010.
“Being in a duo put a lot into perspective for me and I was grateful to have someone like Beedie be there with me when I first started rapping. I was able to get that positive feedback to what I was doing. It’s also kind of scary doing it on your own. I was only 15 when it all happened and really didn’t know much going in except that I really wanted to rap no matter what.” To help prepare him for the big leagues, Mac Miller would participate in local rap cyphers with dudes who were in their 20s and 30s, who “would do nothing but rap and spit all day.” Being the young kid Mac Miller was, he’d just sit back and observe, waiting until someone would notice he could rap.
“I never really saw a reason why it wouldn’t happen for me,” Mac Miller confidently explains. “My mentality has always been that I’m destined to make it and that I have the potential to be one of the best in music. And f*ck you for telling me otherwise. Everybody should think this way because if you tell yourself that you’re incapable of doing something, you’re not going to do it. No matter what you do in life, you should always look at life and know that you’re going to be the best at it. That someday people will write books about you. I look at my life like one day kids are going to take a whole college class on me. Everyone needs to think they’re going to be extraordinary, it’s what the world needs, and how I’m giving back to the world.”
Its older content shows signs of what was yet to come from Mac Miller, capturing his voice and style in a new and refreshing light. At just nine tracks long, the tape was short and sweet – a great introduction for Mac Miller to the world of hip hop and rap. Interestingly, not much information on this tape can be found since it was released in 2007. Follow on Twitter @MacMiller @MedievalBeatz Beats For Sale
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