Mac Miller Talks His Debut Album, Working With Just Blaze

The Pittsburgh rapper speaks on the progress on his forthcoming solo LP and his friendship with JB.

Mac Miller has been heating up the streets with mixtapes like K.I.D.S. and Best Day Ever over the past few years, but the 19-year-old is gearing up for the release of his official debut. The Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania native spoke to Jessie Maguire about his forthcoming Rostrum Records album, explaining that he’s being given complete creative freedom.

“Luckily, my label situation, I’m on Rostrum, that’s basically just being with my family,” he said. “That’s the beauty of it, we’re doing everything independently. As far as the creative process, I don’t have to answer to anybody. They have full 100 percent faith in what I do creatively.”

His goal is to make a cohesive record without any added pressure. “For the album, that’s the thing. When people go in and make an album sometimes, they get lost by thinking ‘This is my album,’ and it stresses them out,” he continued. “For my album, I want to go in there and just make a bunch of music and pick my favorite songs and put them together and make something that sounds like one complete thought." 

The up-and-comer recently surprised listeners after revealing he went into the studio with super producer Just Blaze, stating that the two hit it off during a trip to New York City.

“The thing with Just was, a while ago, I came out to New York and Artie told me ‘Just Blaze wants you to come to the studio.’ And I was like, OK! Let’s go. I got there, just kicking it, not expecting to make any music - which we did,” he said. “I just stayed there all night until like 9 in the morning. We talked a lot about music and our ideas and business with music, and his past and stories from him and stories from me and stuff.”

He came back for a second visit and this time, Just supplied him with a house music-inspired beat. “I came back a second time, and we started kicking it again. This time, I was like, ‘Just, I need some beats!’” he said. “He was like, ‘Alright.’ He gave me this one beat that was this hip-hop ass beat and this other joint that was for house music. I was like, that’s tight, let me use that.”

Though the fate of the record is unclear, Miller is looking forward to getting off tour and focusing entirely on making new music. “I get to hang out finally and sit and make music, which is something I haven’t done in a long time. Since K.I.D.S., I haven’t sat in one place for months at a time and made music,” he said. “So that’s my plan for the summer, is to just work on music, get an album together. I got a special album coming out at some point.”

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  • DumbBitches

    You guys that hate on Mac are fucking retarded! You prolly like that pop shit that plays on the radio more than 50times a day. And you know what he is real hip hop! He's not a wannabe "gangsta" that all you fags like that claims they sold crack! He is himself that likes girls and loves getting high and to be honest what person doesnt like to smoke and get girls?? So fuck you and hate on Mac cuz he will see more pussy money weed than any of you will see in your lifetime!

  • yessss

    i've never been so fucking happy to see hateful comments aha.. all i see on datpiff and youtube and stuff is people on his dick like OH DIZ BOI IZ N1C3 ahah i'm glad you guys know real music.. and whatever he is

  • word

    Mac miller is mediocore at best. He makes music for middle class white stoners like himself. To me his music is tasteless and not good. He also has some big ass eyebrows....

  • AlwaysRight

    Mac should dedicate his album to all his broke-ass Haters

    • Anonymous

      he should dedicate his album to his faggot fans like you. if your are over 18 listening to mac miller you should kill yourself.

  • Yardley Dave Moise

    MAC miller garbage and need to stop rapping and go back to school

  • Anonymous

    i saw this dude at SXSW. a friend of mine was hyped on watching him and i didn't even know who the fuck mac miller was. once he performed, i didn't see anything special. i guess i'm a hater.

  • Mac Miller

    Hahahaha, haaaaayters! Fuck you underground backpackers hahahahaha....Im getting pizzaiiiiiid! Hahahaha, Im high yall! Mac Miller

  • Real Hip Hop

    This clown is on a Major label? Wow Hip Hop is officially deceased!

  • noah

    I read "articles" like this so I can read the comments. And as far as Mac, "They have full 100 percent faith in what I do creatively.” ...Because his creativity pushes absolutely no boundaries.

    • Wesley Snipes

      @Austin: Do you support him? Cause even though your dissing the anons, It doesnt seem like you've actually listened to his music. His first mistake was relying on his false charm and good natured act to reach out to a fanbase that was more than ready accept him. I do not condone people dissing him because of his jewish background or calling him a fag for the sake of It but I can understand why people will bring that shit in when he does a lazy vocal of a classic (Lord Finesse - Hip To The Game) getting millions of views while the original is barely in its thousands. Its quite suspect and that is why he is not pushing any boundaries. Hes feeding into a fanbase that will always be there (not always for him).

  • Anonymous

    mac miller is a faggot. mac miller fans are faggots. just blaze is a faggot. makes like 2 beats a year now. and they suck. mac miller might be the worst thing to ever pop in rap. look at this dude. listen to this dude. my god. they have infiltrated, and seized control. faggots run hip hop now. this kid gonna blow up with his faggot raps and faggot look.

    • Johnathan

      who ever this is a fag Mac Miller is Dope Yo

    • Anonymous

      @Austin, go listen to Black and Yellow

    • Anonymous

      @ Austin - have you heard of Tanya Morgan? One part of that group is from Cincy. Lots of dope mcs outta that city but you and other choose to support corny ish like Mac Miller.

    • Austin Byrd

      Yeah, I've heard some of his stuff, nothing ground breaking, but not ear piercingly awful either. Its just a kid rapping that so happened to get love from his local record label and get signed, props. All I hear in Cincy is a bunch of ATL wanna be trap rappers, waka flaka and whatnot. At least he doesn't sound like a retard on ecstacy when he's flowin, and he chooses beats that were revered by hiphops elite. But like I said, nothing ground breaking, but at least i dont feel dumber after listenin to it. I like rappers like him, Kendrick Lamar, Grieves, Elzhi and big Sean. They just do what they do and say fuck who ever doesnt like me.

    • Wesley

      @Austin Byrd: Do you support him? Cause even though your dissing the anons, It doesnt seem like you've actually listened to his music. His first mistake was relying on his false charm and good natured act to reach out to a fanbase that was more than ready accept him. I do not condone people dissing him because of his jewish background or calling him a fag for the sake of It but I can understand why people will bring that shit in when he does a lazy vocal of a classic (Lord Finesse - Hip To The Game) getting millions of views while the original is barely in its thousands. Its quite suspect and that is why he is not pushing any boundaries. Hes feeding into a fanbase that will always be there (not always for him).

    • Anonymous

      mac miller is the jewish wiz khalifa

    • Austin Byrd

      All u anonymous fuckers are fags. Bet Mac raps better than u. haha

    • Anonymous

      yea mac miller is a fag

  • Ddot

    Go ahead and file this in the "who gives a fuck" column.

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