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Hip-hop youngster sets his sights high

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Mac Miller is an artist who has benefited from the digital era.

From his videos on YouTube – his current single, “Frick Park Market,” has more than 10 million views – to releasing his music independently, he has quickly become a hot commodity in the music industry. And he’s not yet 20 years old.

“It’s been an amazing time in my life, but it hasn’t come easy,” Miller says during an interview. “I’ve had to do a lot of work to get where I’m at. I’m just excited to be putting out a new record right now.”

Miller’s debut, “Blue Slide Park,” was released on Nov. 8 by independent label Rostrum Records. He says he wants to change the music that’s on the radio.”I want to be like the Beatles,” he says. “They came in and changed the sound of music. When it’s all said and done, I want to do that.”

With his laid-back hip-hop style, Miller is well on his way.

He was born Malcolm McCormick in Pittsburgh in 1992. He and his older brother were raised in a Jewish household, but he attended Catholic school so he could have a chance to play football and lacrosse. Miller says he didn’t love school.

“I found a bond with a lot of my friends through music and learned from the songs,” he says. “A lot of my friends were older, so I was able to learn a lot from them. We were listening to music from Sugarhill Gang, A Tribe Called Quest and the Beastie Boys. All of these groups have helped mold the sound I’m aiming for.”

While Miller continued to work on his music, he made his debut at 16, just three years ago.

“I’ve performed in front of two people,” he says. “These were the shows that I cut my teeth on. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I was able to make my mistakes and come into my own as a performer. Now, it blows my mind that I’m selling out shows across the country.”

Mac Miller
With Pac Div, Casey Veggies
WHEN: 8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13
WHERE: Sunshine Theater, 120 W. Central
HOW MUCH: $18 at or 886-1251