Mac Miller Talks Choosing Beats, Working with DJ Premier

Mac Miller discusses the process behind selecting beats and what it was like to work with DJ Premier.

iLLVibes recently chopped it up with DX Next alum Mac Miller at a recent show at the 9:30 Club in Washington D.C. During the interview, Mac discussed the process that goes into choosing beats for projects. He explains that a producer's popularity isn't as important to him as the quality of the beat.

"When I first starting making a name for myself, what I really wanted to do was just work with as many people as possible," he said. "I'm just an excited fan, so as a fan, I want to work with everybody, like, I want to work with all of my favorite [artists]...but what it comes down to is, the people who I really want to work with are the people who really support my movement and who really support what I do and who really want to see me succeed...but as far as picking beats and everything, it really doesn't matter what the name is to me; I'ma pick the dopest beats. When I did K.I.D.S., a lot of those beats were straight up off of an email...that shit happens now, too."

Mac also revealed that he recently linked up with the legendary DJ Premier to work on music together. He said that  the experience of recording in the same place as greats like Nas, Jay-Z and his personal favorite Big L was the best part of the experience.

"I did a jam with DJ Premier, which was a life changing experience for me because that's like the top producer of all time," he said. "It was cool, like, because the one I like about working with people, especially [people] like Premo, [is that] my favorite rapper is Big L...and [Premo] was able to tell me all these stories about L. I actually stood in the same booth that Big L stood in to record and that so many other people like Jay-Z and Nas [stood in]. Premo has the same booth; he keeps it 100% traditional." 

The full interview can be seen below.

RELATED: "Mac Miller Talks His Debut Album, Working With Just Blaze"

21 Comments

  • Sloppy

    Only reason this kid's got any cred is because of Premo.

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  • Lupe Espinoza

    Watz poppin yall! Give my Muzik an ear & id love yalls honest opinion. Comment, rate, subscribe..all that lol. Thanx & appreciate it! I AM PAXAVELI http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZEpxcZqvhw

  • tresdemayo

    yeah, you right dude, jackin beats on a mixtape is really inapropriate... who does that ?

  • Bruce

    I dont believe in hitting kids but Mac Miller has that face that really makes you wanna snuff him. And he jacks beats from people.

  • Anonymous

    i dont get his hype

  • tresdemayo

    BIG L's his favorite MC ? I definitely agree with Mac. The kid knows his classics. And don't forget Mac Miller is just a teenager. At 19 years old, Jay-Z was sellin rocks, BIG was recording demos after serving 9 months and Tupac just starting to get attention. I'm not saying is gonna be one of the GOAT, but give the kid a break, he already got mad skills (his flow and breathe control are amazing) and is gonna improve.

  • IT

    Keep making that night-time vibe type shit Mac. These motherfuckers are just jealous cause you're kickin it with the greats. This dude's got an ear for beats and he can flow. I'm not crazy about him but he's got talent. Fuck, he's got shitloads more talent than that other white dude Premo just signed to Year Round.

  • Guest

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=koN-yF4ySQs&feature=related Skywalker - Barton Block

  • Anonymous

    Right so an anonymous producer just happened to send you hip to the game instrumental in your email. GTFO Dumbass.

    • Anonymous

      dude he didnt even ruin it, he made it better? that is quite obvious too, and they didnt get set aside, they just suck theyre like most rappers mac tho, man oh man he like nobody but himself, just cuz he got fame ur gunna hate, ya know when you got haters you know your doin somethin right

    • Anonymous

      thats right I'm jealous because someone ruined a perfectly good instrumental and got millions of views while the original just got placed to the side as If It never got heard. I even heard people saying It was his instrumental!

  • Anonymous

    dj premier will work with anyone for the cash

  • Matt Agosta

    no disrespect to mac miller and his music, but i cant fuck with it. subject matter just not for me

  • Bauce

    Won't lie, maybe I'll listen to him now that I read this article.

  • Shame

    I like him as a guy, but sorry his music kinda blows

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