He was raised in Southfield, Michigan , a northern suburb of Detroit. He attended Duke University , where he was a member of Sigma Nu fraternity. He graduated with a B. Posner started out as a record producer , working on some tracks with his hometown friend Big Sean. Posner's second mixtape, A Matter of Time the first mixtape being Reflections of a Lost Teen started attracting industry attention in Although Posner was not the only artist to take advantage of this loophole, his release was the most organized and high profile, and attracted the largest response, immediately reaching the number one position on the iTunes U chart.
The mixtape was accompanied by a web series of the same name which aired bi-weekly from September to December. Posner's debut album, 31 Minutes to Takeoff was released in August He performed at music festival Bonnaroo and on the s Warped Tour. The latter was released with an added verse by rapper Lil Wayne. With the shutdown, Posner and all other artists previously signed to these three labels will release his future material on the RCA Records brand.
Cancelled album and The Layover[ edit ] After the release of his debut album, he began working on his second studio album under the title Sky High and released the single "Looks Like Sex" to digital outlets on December 2, However, with the success of his first album, Posner began to feel uncomfortable with being in the spotlight and struggled with depression.
He took a break from making music to write and produce songs for other artists. On March 4, , Posner announced his Unplugged tour. The unplugged sets featured little more than Posner on predominantly acoustic instruments, save for the potential live production on "a song or two"—much like, he says, how much of his music starts.
The string of dates also included a hometown show in Posner's native Detroit, his first such show, he says, in around two years. In an interview with Billboard, Mike revealed that he had signed with Island Records and that Pages would be replaced with another project. He also stated that he would like to let the world hear his recordings from Sky High and Pages. He later confirmed that the EP would be made available to purchase from online retailers on June In addition, Posner stated that his second studio album would be released after the EP.
David Jeffries of AllMusic noted an improvement for Posner in the album, writing "this might not yet be the ultimate showcase for his talents, but At Night, Alone is both a welcome return and a significant step forward. Not only did he release a book of poetry, Teardrops and Balloons,  on March 17, but he also put out a new collaboration with American singer blackbear under the name Mansionz.
A soulful hip hop project with spoken word influence, the song was a collaboration with rapper Spark Master Tape titled "Stfu". The track also featured English singer Anne-Marie. On January 22, , Mike announced a Poetry Album entitled "I was born in detroit on a very, very, very, very, very, very, very cold day," which was released on January 26,