By Gavin Godfrey, CNN
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(CNN) – 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.
MTV News's senior Hip-Hop Writer, Rob Markman, doesn't see it that way:
[5:10] "It wasn't like radio stations and the radio programmers said, 'Hey here's this white kid, we want to support him.' It doesn't work like that. I think Mac kind of found his niche and galvanized his audience."
Yet Miller tells CNN that the whole race thing has been a two-way struggle he can't ignore:
[5:57] "It's funny because I'll read tweets and someone will be like, 'The only reason people listen to Mac is because he's white,' and then the next tweet will be like, 'The only reason people don't listen to Mac is because he's white.' I'll be like man you can't win over here!"