Mac Miller Wants To Go Platinum Independently, Talks Big L Influence & "Blue Slide Park"

The Thumbs Up general chops it up in the UK, discusses the 90's influence on his rhyme style and speaks about success as an independent artist.

For Pittsburgh's Mac Miller, the independent game has been kind, even allowing him to travel overseas to sold out shows, like a recent date he had in London. While there, Miller spoke with DJ Semtex about a variety of topics including his goals for going platinum independently. Miller also talked about how much Big L and A Tribe Called Quest influenced his rhyme style and gave some more information regarding his upcoming album, Blue Slide Park

"Right now, we're doing things that no independent artist has ever done before," Miller shared. "It's wild that I even said that sentence but, I want to see how far we can take it, man. What if? What if we build it to a point where we sell a platinum record? Not this album, but what if one of my albums goes platinum independently? That would be ridiculous and I would be hella cakin' off of that (Laughs)."

When the conversation switched to one about his influences, Miller was quick to give credit to a Harlem legend, Big L. 

"When I got to be 14, all I did was freestyle...Then, 15, I started listening to a lot of Big L's Lifestylez ov da Poor & Dangerous. That inspired me to really want to be an emcee, and what it meant to be an emcee, not just be able to rhyme. That really got me to the point where, I didn't only want to rhyme but I wanted to master the craft of putting together words." 

According to Mac, the shout out to Big L is one that comes with a motive attached. His goal when mentioning an artist liek Big L, is also to school younger generations about the culture's history and how important other artists have been to his work. 

"Part of the thing I like to do is put kids onto artists that inspired me that they might not know about, like people like A Tribe Called Quest and Big L and that golden era of Hip Hop in the 90's. I want to help connect kids younger than me, or my age, to make sure that they appreciate it." 

Giving more credit to the 90's, Miller said he will always be inspired by the flows of that era. However, he also said he wants fans who appreciate that about him to also appreciate it when he explores other avenues. 

"I'll always have that flow, that straight 90's flow, what I listened to and what inspired me to rap. I will always do boom-bap and I will always spit on some Hip Hop stuff but it's ridiculous when, a song like Donald Trump for instance, that's not boom-bap. That's not anything like that. It's just me loving all music and all forms of Hip Hop." 

As it pertains to Blue Slide Park, Miller said he would not have too many famous guests but that it is the best work he's ever created. 

"This is definitely, without a doubt, the best thing I've ever done. I can say that. At this point, that's good enough for me." 

For more from the interview, check the DJ Semtex video below.

MAC MILLER - BEST DAYS EVER from DJ SEMTEX on Vimeo.

RELATED: Mac Miller Explains The Origin Of His Debut's Title, "Blue Slude Park"

64 Comments

  • Anonymous

    If tech n9ne can't do it u got no shot..get over urself.

    • ripflow1

      ANONYMOUS: LOL u make me laugh... Mac's been around a couple years and he's already way more famous than Tech.. Tech is just an average rapper with a very small fanbase, and Mac is kinda lame, but he's coming up on his own... Mac makes way better music than Tech... tech's time has come and passed... Let Mac have his 15 minutes of fame and quit haten!

  • Anonymous

    don't really like his lyrics but i like that he wants to go platinum independently , fuck the major labels

  • Sam Ritz

    this is why mac miller is the truth: he honors and continues the legacy of past.

  • jake

    I love how (b-c of race/idiotic comparisons) he couldn't say "Em's SLIM SHADY LP" when he was talking about legendary solo debut LPs. Obv ILLmatic, Ready 2 Die, Reasonable Doubt, Lifestylez Ov Da Poor & Dangerous, 36 Chambers, G Rap/KRS/BDK/Tribe/De La, Public Enemy etc all have classic debuts, but I think it's funny that white emcees can't say SLIM SHADY LP when its hands down one of the 10-20 illest debut LYRICAL albums EVER...Rock Bottom, Brain Damage, Still/Just Don't Give a F, Bad Meets Evil, etc!?!? We all know Em's first 3 albums HAD to influence this dude, but he's afraid to say it b-c ppl will say he's a biter even though he's nothing like him

  • We already have one white rapper.

    Sure we all WANT to go plat on indie.... This is NOT news... No-one wants another white rapper. Period. Nigga going duck....

    • Quit Haten

      Brother.. I am a fellow negro, and I don't know why you must bring race into your ignorant comment... I would bet you don't have alot of love in your life.. but I hope that you find some b4 its too late... nigggggga

  • Anonymous

    i'm sorry but mac millers 'best day ever' was sub par, only two or three solid songs on the whole project, one was only good cause kyrisis produced it. i when i first heard this kid he could spit, now all he talks about are money and buying friends and parents shit etc. etc. blue slide park is a gay name for a project and the desire to sell an independant platinum album only tells me you care about the fame etc. etc. not one bit of humility. any bets that bsp is gonna be a turd in the water? jet life

  • Truthenola

    Mac Miller is dope. give the kid respect.

  • Imperial Carter

    @Big Jah everything you said is real talk. just because something influenced you doesn't mean you sound like him. Mac Miller is his own MC, he has to sound like himself. If he would've come out sounding like Big L, he would get shit for that. It doesn't matter the color of skin, if you can spit then fucking go in. Appreciate that shit instead of being racist. If you don't like his shit say that don't bring color into it. It makes you sound ignorant.

  • Anonymous

    Really? Big L? Because, I can't hear any Big L in him. Maybe this is just antics to get him some recognition to make up for his lack of "hardness" ... Which he doesn't have. Trying to take a humble approach at urban life isn't convincing me...

  • big jah

    man, why everyone always turn it into a race issue...str8up, a know and love good music, not jus hiphop, everything. This kid is legit, to me hes more musically inclined than eminem, cos although em is a lyrical genius, his tone and voice are and always have been horrible, and he the beats he prodcues himself sound cheesy and second rate. Its only his amazing lyricism thats got him to the top, i cant stand listening to him...Mac Miller on the other hand, at what, 16? is producing a lot of his own shit, and its pretty dam ngood for a teenager...His flow is nice, yeah he looks like a chump in his vids, but str8up musically? U cant even tell me the reason y hes blown up is cos hes white...wat bout soulja boy, wiz, waaka flacka etc all, all these half rate rappers blown up, and it aint got shit to do with race...Lil Wayne is and has been one of the hottest artists for the last decade and str8up hes WACK AS FUK! He sucks, seriously, but hes damn near top of the game...So all u haters stop playin the damn race card, Asher Roth didnt exactly blowup did he? If anything, its harder to get credibility as a white rapper, i think u gotta work twice as hard, look at all these haters on here! I dont care if u black or white, dope is dope, and give the kid some props, it aint got nuthin to do with the colour of his skin, he making that heat and he paying tribute to the realness as well...#haterseatadik

  • Ricky Rozay

    What up with all these white boyz gettin hyped up like they the next big thing. Its cuz all the media and alot of these niggas ridin Feminem's dick and all of a sudden these wiggas get hype even though they wack. Feminem sucks now and now sucks Weezy's dick to get sold out concerts in Australia, Mac Miller is fuckin garbage and Yelawolf the most overrated wanted nigga in hip hop. Niggas need to recognize, these white boys will never be as good as a black rapper. Feminem was close 7 or 8 years ago but now he sold out and is nothin more than a poppish garbage rapper. Bawse!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      ill listen to white boy rap over this stupid nigger any day...the reason ross still makes money is cause of spooks with no brain who essentially control the industry

    • Anonymous

      i'll listen to rick ross over mac miller anyday, fake or not

    • big jah

      @ricky rozay...rick ross is the fakest, lamest wannabe rapper out there and only chumps who were still in diapers during the 90s would listen to him

  • Phazon

    DOPENESS! Im def feelin mac whole movement n i c him goin plat independently if the label politics is right(cuz u got that on the indie label 2) n that would solidify the death of the majors

  • Wack miller

    Mac Lethal better than Mac Miller Bernie Mac better than Mac Miller Kraft Mac and Cheese better than Mac Miller I'm tellin you...don't let me catch this dooky piece in the restroom pissing in a urinal...I'll pull his pants up quick and make him piss all down his legs. Nigga ankles will be itchin...

  • WHAT!!!!!

    YOU PEOPLE ARE DUMB IF THIS KID GOES PLATINUM HIP HOP IS DEAD AND YOU CAN HATE ALL YOU WANT SAYING SALES KEEP HIP HOP GOING BUT THIS KID SOUND IS A JOKE AND IS ANOTHER GIMMICK THAT KIDS WILL BUY UNTIL SOMETHING ELSE COMES ALONG AND YES IM WHITE SO FUCK YOU!!!!!

  • The Truth

    look at my sales, let's do the math, if I was black, I would've sold half, I Ain't have to graduate from Lincoln high school to know that, -Eminem

  • cjrocker

    omg "liek" shit is too funny

  • Notorious H.A.T.E.R.

    If he was black he would just be another rapper. Just like if Barak Obama, or Tiger Woods were white. Hate to say it, but it is the truth. It's a lot of shit he could be doing as a white male - why come and try to take what little black people do have?

    • Jason Pennells

      lmao u think mac is doing this "to take what little black people do have". He just a kid that likes to rap. Why should he have to work an office job just cuz he white?

  • aadadad

    Mac is for teens. i have a couple of his sing on my ipod but i cant listen to him all day every day. hip hop fans seem to not know what variety is. people act like they have a limited number of rappers they are allowed to like. Cant just listen to one style of rap all the time. and just cause u dont listen to it doesnt mean that u have go online and knock somebodies hustle. he's living the life and getting paid regardless

  • Atlien

    So we get a guy who is real, not trying to be something that he isn't, actually has respect and knows hip hop, wants to stay independent rather than sell out and we still have haters on here. Personally, I believe there are many white rappers better than him, Atmospere, Macklemore, etc. I love the heart that Mac Miller has. Love him or hate him you should respect that fact that he is true to himself and the game. A rare quality in hip hop or any genre of music for that matter.

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  • RRBOYCEIIII

    STOP THE HATE IN MUSIC... LET THESE GUY's BE!!!

  • GOD

    MAC MILLER = PEYTON HILLIS = IF THEY WERE BLACK AND HAD THE SAME SKILLS THEYD BE AVERAGE AND WOULDNT KNOW WHO THEY WERE

  • Hip Hop Is Gone

    Mac Miller is the worst rapper of all time, his parents paid to get him exposure.

  • Anonymous

    this kid is to Big L what soulja Boy is to Rakim

  • Big Panda

    What if.. what if my DICK WAS LONGER THEN 1.5 INCHES? WELL GUESS WHAT IT ISN'T. I EVEN TRIED RAPING MY DOG BY SMOTHERING MY COCK WITH PEANUT BUTTER SO IT WOULD GET CLOSE AND MY WET COCK DIDN'T EVEN MAKE THE THING SQUEAL. Life is Life ;)

  • chinlahdin

    All I know is that if you go to youtube and check the views for tech n9ne vids, then check the views for mac millers vids u wouldn't doubt mac.....

    • chinlahdin

      @anon2 your analogy is bad...look here to find out why...http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/analogy (hint look at #5) also youtube videos are good representation of the fans that you have if your independent. im not a mac miller stan by any means but if the dude has like 130 million views on his page...dawg....this guy is kinda of popular now obviously sales != youtube views but reason for yourself...if you assume he has 1/4 of the amount of actual fans of his youtube views and 5 percent of those ppl bought his album...he would go platinum dont let you feelings stop you from thinking for yourself

    • Anonymous

      How are you going to compare Mac Miller to Tech 9 son using Youtube videos as a premise??? That's like saying artists that get their video played on MTV versus those that don't are better artists...It's reasoning like this that makes non hip hop heads think they have relevant shit to say, like Rolling Stone, MTV and anything that just feeds off the culture and craze. Step your reasoning game up and don't ever comment on this site with your wack ass shit...Now go to a corner and bump your commercial shit in private away from your parents knowing they'll kick your ass for listening to it and stfu!

    • Anonymous

      hes the flavor of the month, hes be gone within a few years whats he gonna rap about once he grows up? the i'm just a young kid having fun schtick isnt going to work forever

  • Ilene Hawkins

    I just got a $829.99 iPad2 for only $103.37 and my mom got a $1499.99 HDTV for only $251.92, they are both coming with USPS tomorrow. I would be an idiot to ever pay full retail prices at places like Walmart or Bestbuy. I sold a 37" HDTV to my boss for $600 that I only paid $78.24 for. I use ( Bidsget ) . ( com )

    • IleneHawkins

      I had Ilene Hawkins suck on my nuts for $20 - hit her on facebook tell her u need your d@ck sucked- again facebook: Ilene Hawkins send dick pics

  • YOUAJOKE

    THIS DUDE KNOWS HIS HIP HOP NO DOUBT. I AINT A FAN BUT HES GETTIN PAID RIGHT NOW AND RIDIN THAT HYPE WAVE TO THE BANK

  • YOUAJOKE

    HATE ON HIM CAUSE HES WHITE ALL YOU WANT BUT HE KNOWS HIS HIP HOP. I AINT A FAN BUT HES GETTIN PAID

  • YOUAJOKE

    HATE ON HIM CAUSE HES WHITE ALL YOU WANT BUT HE KNOWS HIS HIP HOP. I AINT A FAN BUT HES GETTIN MONEY

  • Anonymous

    and i would like to ride a polka dot unicorn around the world but thats never going to happen in this lifetime

  • Anonymous

    If I hear anybody compare this dude to Big L I'm gonna reach through the computer and slap the shit out of you

    • Anonymous

      THese guys are saying he knows hip hop cause he mentioned Tribe and Big L. Whoa that's deep. How old is he anyhow ? 18-19 ? So he's been rapping for 4 or so years and people are buying into it because of one reason: Even as wack and sub par as he is , by comparison he is better than a lot of the so called artists out there. Hell , I don't like his stuff really , but I tell you one thing if you do go to youtube and comment on his videos then you will have 20 little teens all down your neck. And they will use words like HATER and other pop culture hip hop slang to argue until you corner them and take them out one by one. HAHA F it , if the kid gets merit off of some bullshit songs so be it. There are way wacker emcees out there by far. IT IT A CIRCUS like Em said years ago.......

    • Anonymous

      kill yourself if this dude reminds you of anyone other than malcolm in the middle

    • Anonymous

      dude reminds me of Big L.

  • SutterKane

    He aint going platinum Indy, hate to tell him but Tech N9ne is the worlds biggest Indy Rapper and he's luck to see 150K Even ICP with their legions of Dickriding fans never went platinum till they signed with Island/Def Jam in the late 90's Saying you wanna go Platinum Indy is like saying you wanna grow wings and fly to the moon, entertaining Idea but it'll never happen

    • C. Jonnson

      A lot of people don't know who Tech N9ne is..Mac is getting teen exposure. I'm 17 and the only reason I had ever even heard of Tech N9ne is because of my uncle. But Mac is all over the web, on facebook, and youtube. He is advertised alot more.

    • Atlien

      Tech N9ne is bigger than Talib Kweli? I am a fan of both but I do believe Kweli is a little more well known being from Brooklyn rather that KCMO.

    • Anonymous

      damn homie do you really think shakespeare is from the mid 70's??? kids these day man, so sad how fucking stupid they are

    • Anonymous

      @Doubl Negative Dude, you talk like you from the mid-seventies...Take your ass to a shakespeare website...

    • Doubl Negative

      Yeah, it is a bit quixotic, although I like the fact Mac's tryin' to school youngsters on pre-2000 hip-hop. Kids, especially hip-hop kids will always gravitate towards the latest ish and forgo music from their parents' adolescence, unfortunately, most new cats are bullshit and when you're a teenager, it's all about the zeitgeist, not anything that sounds anacranistic. I'm just glad I was born in the mid seventies.

  • GEORGIABOII

    THE INDEPENDENT ARTIST WILL ONLY MAKE IT SO FAR THEN THE RECORD COMPANY WILL PUT THE CLAMP ON YOU AND FORCE YOU TO SIGN OR BE SHUT OUT.

    • Truth

      Yeah true. These majors have the payola game on lock- u have to go thru them to even GIVE stations and mtv money to play your songs and video. Now u can get a good following indy- but the game is rigged to get max exposure u have to go thru the majors at some point.

  • daddyfatsax

    Straight up 90s flow. hahahahaha yea what the fuck ever! I mean he has some good songs, but this motherfucker thinks that he is so much better than he actually is

  • daddy

    i hope he does along with many others, I'm tired of these record companies stealing from artists

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