There is a saying that it is never how long, but how well, and even though the early death of a young and talented man is nothing to be celebrated, financially, it was a successful life for Mac Miller. In just his short time on earth and an even shorter time as a professional musician, Mac Miller was able to amass a considerable net worth, enough for his family to never work again.
After his passing, we learned that Mac Miller had a net worth of $9 million at the time of his death. In this article, we take a look at how the Pittsburgh-born rapper accumulated the net worth in his short time as a professional musician. Read on to learn more.
How Mac Miller Achieved His Net Worth
Mac Miller was a teenager when he got the conviction that he wanted to become a professional musician, and he dedicated the rest of his life in pursuit and actualization of that dream. While we can presume that the rapper earned his wealth from his career as a musician, not all of it came from music. He also made his money through television and stock trading. Here is a more in-depth look at each means.
Mac Miller released his first music project in 2007 at the age of 15. He released the mixtape, But My Mackin’ Aint Easy under the stage name, Easy Mac. It was not a commercial success, but it established him as a professional musician, and after two years, he followed up his first music project with two mixtapes, The Jukebox: Prelude to Class Clown and The High Life, under the stage name, Mac Miller.
The two mixtapes took him further as a commercial rapper, earning him two awards at the 2010 Pittsburgh Hip Hop Awards and making him a constant fixture in local hip hop shows. In the same year, he signed his first recording contract with Rostrum Records, and he also released his fourth mixtape, K.I.D.S, which was his first nationally recognized mixtape.
Other than bringing him national recognition, the mixtape was also a decent commercial success, with more than 1.1 million downloads and 1.5 million streams on DatPiff. Two music videos released for the mixtape have gotten more than 50 million views each, and the resulting music tour in promotion of the mixtape was sold out in every location.
K.I.D.S became the beginning of commercial success for Mac Miller and the accumulation of his $9 million net worth. He followed it up with his fifth mixtape, Best Day Ever, which featured the single, Donald Trump, and peaked at number 75 on the Billboard Hot 100, selling more than one million copies in the US alone. The mixtape itself was also commercially successful, peaking at number 26 on the US Billboard 200, with more than 17,000 sold copies.
Before he released his first studio album, Blue Slide Park, Mac Miller released an EP, On and On and Beyond, which sold more than 10,000 copies on the US Billboard 200, peaking at number 55. His first album, Blue Slide Park, which he released in November 2011, sold 144,000 copies in its first week and has sold more than 500,000 copies.
Since Blue Slide Park, Mac Miller grew his net worth by releasing four albums, eight mixtapes, one EP, and more than 35 singles. In total, Mac Miller has sold more than 800,000 albums as well as several thousand singles.
Television Show Appearances
Aside from music, where Mac Miller made more than 50% of his net worth through album releases, singles, and shows, he also made money through television. He made his debut TV appearance on the show, Single Ladies, appearing in two episodes in 2011. However, his significant income through TV came through the reality show, Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family, which aired on MTV2 across six episodes. Other credits to the rapper’s name include Scary Movie 5, Loiter Squad, Ridiculousness, Punk’d, and a couple of others.
In addition to television and music, Mac Miller’s $9 million net worth came from stock investments, such as 200 Facebook shares. He also made money through brand endorsements from companies like Mountain Dew, Zumiez, Lacoste, Footaction, and a couple of others.
Following his death, according to his will, the bulk of his $9 million net worth was given to his brother, including more than $4.4 million in his bank account. He gave the rest of his wealth to his parents.