This feature is a part of Complex's "Man of Next Year" Week.
Both Henrik Fisker's and Mac Miller's dreams began simply, with the tip of a pencil hitting a piece of paper. Pent-up creativity flowed into the blank space, allowing their expressions to take shape. For Mac, that meant fitting words and stories into rhythmic patterns. For Henrik, it meant translating organic forms from nature into luxurious, eco-friendly automobiles.
The Karma, the car that Complex has awarded Mac as part of winning the Man of Next Year competition, is a rare instance of building something unique from the ground up. Henrik and his partner Bernard Koehler started Fisker Automotive in 2007 with the goal of creating an entirely new kind of car, an extended-range electric vehicle with luxury and style. Blending cutting-edge tech with artistry, Fisker put the designer in the driver's seat and let the engineers figure out how to make it work. In 2011 the Karma went into production nearly identical to the drawing board, a feat rarely accomplished in these days of cutbacks and frustrating limitations.
Mac has taken a similar path with his music. Without conforming to the major label structure, he's been able to build an empire using his ideas, his team, and creating his music the way he wants it, without compromise. His innovative approach to the game has paid dividends, hence the MoNY title, and the one-of-one customized Fisker that goes with it. It's only fitting that the Man of Next Year would drive an equally original car, one that will take Mac to the future right now.
Written by Tony Markovich (@T_Marko)
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