Mac Miller: Hip-hop's answer to the Beatles?
October 2nd, 2012
01:57 PM ET

Mac Miller: Hip-hop's answer to the Beatles?

Mac Miller just might be the biggest recording artist you've never heard of. At just the age of 20, the Pittsburgh native has a number one debut album under his belt and he recently made the Forbes list of top hip-hop earners in the last year, netting $6.5 million.

Even though Miller's first album, "Blue Slide Park," was the first independent debut to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 since 1995, there are some critics who questioned whether his being white can make or break his success.

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    October 27, 2012 at 8:20 am | Report abuse |
  2. xXDroXx

    Everyone is different in their own way. Whether you like Mac Miller or not he is still successful and should be respected.

    October 3, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lickitcnn

    If you were speaking negative of this article then you are uninformed and need to do research..or you are just ignorant. Any person who TRUELY appreciates music would not bad mouth an artist. Unless you have succeeded at the thing you are bad mouthing, you have no ground to say anything about it. Rap is an art, DJ-ing is an art, rock is as well. Creating something from absolutely nothing is an art in itself. Everyone is inspired by something and everything has been done before so originality is quite unlikely. Mac Miller has unarguably rose to the top independently. If you knew anything about music then you would agree with my entire post.

    October 3, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • LetsBeRational

      This too is art.

      No offense to Mac Miller or the rap/hip hop genre in general (digital underground's "the humpty dance"might be my favorite single ever) but saying Mac is better, as good as, or even comparable to the Beatles is atrocious. The Beatles were active for a decade and created music that continues to inspire (pretty sure Mac Miller even lists the Beatles as one of his influences) today without the Internet and social media for basically free mass promotional assistance.. Miller has already been active for 5. No matter how long he sticks around the chances of his relevance in future culture is extremely low.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:00 am | Report abuse |
  4. again..

    i'm not a lover of rap unless its positve to kids...queen latifah needs to come back with a wrap album....LL Cool J...
    love them..they send a good message to kids.

    October 3, 2012 at 9:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Allen

      Listen to Macklemore.

      October 3, 2012 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • MHC

      All you adults are so old school. I'm currently finishing up my MBA Degree in Computer Management and listen to today's rap. Nothing is wrong with me...

      October 3, 2012 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. metalhead65

    never compare any hip hop/rap crap with real music like the beatles. unlike the clowns that make that "music" the Beatles sang as opposed to talking fast and they actually played intstruments. sorry the turntable does not qualify as one. and the beatles and other great rockers wrote their own songs,they never stole I mean sampled somebody else's.

    October 3, 2012 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Leam Daves

      Okay now listen one more time.The Beatles's music was manipulating black music back then and you guys ate it up.So what's wrong with rappers doing the same?Granted in my opinion most of it is terrible,but so what don't listen to it.Rap is one of the most ingenious scams ever and I think that's beautiful.The longevity alone is phenomenal,keep doing it people,black,white,asian I don't care just do it and get that paper lol.

      October 3, 2012 at 2:43 am | Report abuse |
      • metalhead65

        I don't listen to it but when I see a stupid headline this one I have to comment on it. and there is a difference between influencing somebody and stealing their work.

        October 3, 2012 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Marshall

      Mac Miller is a self-taught musician. He plays drums, piano, and guitar; and he plays them well. He has stated he is influenced by all type of music, ironically The Beatles being one of his favorite and most influential to the music he writes. Also, it's not about talking fast, it's poetry, whether you like it or not many rappers are very poetic and write metaphors that your simple mind wouldn't even be able to process. I'm willing to bet the musicians you're trying to "defend" would have a different view than you. Most true musicians enjoy all types of music. Elton John and Eminem are close friends, and fans of one another's music. Open your eyes kid, broaden your horizons and don't me so simple-minded.

      October 3, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
      • metalhead65

        first of all I am not a simple minded kid. secondly I listen to all kinds of music from metal to jazz, but you will never hear rap/hip hop r&b coming from my stereo. it is noise with a beat as far as this old man is concerned. again do not compare this guy or any person who performs that stuff with actual musicians like the Beatles or other great artists of Rock.

        October 3, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marshall

      First of all you can't try to say you aren't simple minded and then write a simple minded response like that. Secondly, it's too bad you aren't a kid. A man of your age should be mature enough to respect when someone has a talent – and even though you may not like his music – give credit where credit is due. There's no way anyone can deny that Mac Miller, or any successful hip-hop, rap, or R&B artist has skill. Yet you get on this article and have the nerve to call it "crap." You're a grown man, grow up.

      These musicians who you are bashing and claiming aren't real musicians are bigger music fans and more talented than you'll ever be. You rant on about something you know nothing about. Many successful rap artists place bands like Metallica, Beatles, Queen, AC/DC, etc. in there top 10 of musicians of all time. Even though it isn't their type of music, they are influenced by it and respect it because they see talent, give credit where credit is due, and are true fans of music, unlike yourself.

      You're tunnel visioned point of view on this issue shows immaturity. Whether you're a "metalhead" or not you shouldn't disrespect people in other industries just because you don't like their music. Just like all other musicians they've worked hard and made sacrifices to get to the level they're at. If you don't like it then that's fine, but don't try to bring them down and call their work "crap", that's just immature and.... well, simple-minded.

      October 4, 2012 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Marshall

      And to clarify on something you said – "there's a difference between being influenced by someone and stealing their work." Did it ever occur to you that artists sample songs because they're a fan of the song and were influenced by that song. Not to mention that many times before sampling a song on a new track, many recording artists reach out to the original artist for permission, out of respect, something that you obviously lack.

      October 4, 2012 at 7:28 am | Report abuse |
  6. Whatever...

    Who gives a sh!t?He's no M&M.

    October 3, 2012 at 1:46 am | Report abuse |
  7. MuhammadTheProfit

    Mac Miller is creative, and has tried a different style with his mixtapes and album. He will go places with his music. Hell, he's one of the best rappers I've heard in while, with far better songs than many other new rappers as well.

    October 2, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mellons

    not crazy about wrap...other then postive wrap that sends a good messages...queen latifah, LL CoolJ, usher–i listen to it but it has to send a positive message out to kids...otherwise i'm not interested.

    October 2, 2012 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  9. funny..

    How sokman is actually trying not to troll and to be normal.

    October 2, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Be Careful

    Of california news....that's another beetch out there....

    October 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sokman

    With power reporting like this, I should thank Gavin & Chip for making sure I never check out CNN Radio

    October 2, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Miranda

    I don't like this country music.

    October 2, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. cnnlicksit

    So what does this have to do with the Beatles?

    October 2, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. let us pray

    Jesus said,"Whoever drinks the water I give will never be thirsty;no, the water I give shall become a fountain within him,leaping up to provide eternal life."The woman said to him, "Give me this water, sir,so that I shall not grow thirsty...."Jn 4:14-15

    October 2, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |

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