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The Newest Jewish Rapper: Mac Miller

Posted on: April 13, 2011

What do the hip-hop stars Matisyahu and Drake have in common? Yes, they are both members of the hip-hop world, but that’s not all they have in common. They are both Jewish! The next Jewish rapper to hit the scene is nineteen year old Mac Miller, born Malcolm McCormick from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mac Miller was born and raised Jewish, was Bar Mitzvahed, and celebrates the high holidays. And his favorite Jewish dish? Noodle kugel, he said in an interview with Shalom Life.

Before Mac Miller launched his solo career he was part of a rap group The Ill Spoken with fellow Pittsburgh rapper, Beedie. He signed with Rostrum Records at age eighteen and released his mixtape, K.I.D.S (Kickin’ Incredibly Dope Shit), in August of 2010. K.I.D.S was Mac’s third official mixtape and features addictive songs like “Nikes on My Feet” and “Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza.” “Knock, Knock”, also on K.I.D.S, will be his first single to hit the UK. The majority of his songs talk about marijuana, alcohol, sex, and women.

Last month he released his fourth mixtape, Best Day Ever. So many people attempted to download this free mixtape that it crashed Datpiff.com’s server. I think this mixtape shows growth from K.I.D.S. Best Day Ever consists of addictive beats, tight rhymes, and that care-free attitude that every nineteen year old should have. He has great hooks and speaks the truth. “She Said” is a slower-tempo and free-flowing. “Get Up” is great with its heavy beats and bass drums that keep building as the song goes on. One of my favorites is “Donald Trump”, which is a great party song. Also on this mixtape he has songs featuring Phonte and Wiz Khalifa. “I’ll Be There” is a great mellow song, with free-flowing rapping, a repetitive piano melody, and great vocals by Phonte. In this song Mac talks about being there for his mother. His collaboration with Wiz Khalifa is on the track “Keep Floatin”.

Gaining more and more notoriety, when he was named XXL Magazine’s Freshman of 2011 and opening for Wiz Khalifa on his Waken Baken tour, I see great things happening for Mac Miller.

So what’s in the future for Mac Miller? In an interview with Shalom Life, they asked him if he would ever want to collaborate with fellow Jewish rapper Drake. His response was yes of course, adding “We could make a Hanukkah song too because we’re both Jewish. Get it?”

Checkout “Knock, Knock” and “Donald Trump” below:


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