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Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller has always had a unique business situation for an artist of his stature, sticking with independent label and management company Rostrum Records even as he has put out major chart successes and landed on the Forbes list of hip-hop's top earners. However, the relationship has come to an end.
In a joint announcement to MTV News, Mac and Rostrum said they are parting ways following the conclusion of Mac's original contract with the label. Both sides framed the split as an amicable one.
"Rostrum is my family. That is forever," Miller said in the statement. "No matter what, we will always work together. We moved mountains and I can only see them continuing that tradition. I am grateful for everything I learned and am always here for whatever."
The label first signed Mac in 2010 following the release of his mixtape K.I.D.S. (Kickin' Incredibly Dope Sh--). Rostrum released his 2011 debut, Blue Slide Park, and it became the first independently released debut to top the Billboard charts since Tha Dogg Pound's Dogg Food in 1995. Last year, his follow-up, Watching Movies With The Sound Off, debuted at No. 3 behind albums by Kanye West and J. Cole. In total, Mac has sold 5.4 million singles and 750,000 album copies on Rostrum, MTV News reported.
"Mac is an incredible artist and has a bright career ahead of him," Rostrum Records Founder and President Benjy Grinberg said in the statement. "We are proud of the historic run that we had together and we will continue to support him in any way that is needed. We wish him nothing but the best in the future."
[via MTV News]