Approximately , albums sold in one week — then look out below from there. The week before, the Washington rapper Wale made his debut at No. And last month J. All figures are from Nielsen SoundScan. First, the good news: A new generation of rappers is actively trying to build a new business model in which releasing oodles of free material online builds a fan base that paves the way for revenue streams: touring, merchandise, even something as old-fashioned as a record deal. But Tha Dogg Pound was affiliated with Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg, the heavy hitters of the day. While the Rostrum label has also nurtured the career of Wiz Khalifa, Mac Miller arrives at the top of the chart more or less on his own. Being white probably helped Mac Miller too — more on that shortly.
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Malcolm James McCormick January 19, — September 7, , known professionally as Mac Miller , was an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Miller began his career in Pittsburgh's hip hop scene in , at the age of fifteen. In , he signed a record deal with Pittsburgh-based independent label Rostrum Records , with whom he had his breakthrough with the mixtapes K.