Mac Miller Explains Major Label Situation

Mac talks about why he wants to remain independent and why he can pick from any major label out.

As the buzz around DX Next graduate Mac Miller has grown since his introduction to the music industry, major labels have been calling. Now, according to Miller, he can "pick any label." During his recent interview with The Masked Gorilla, Miller discussed this option and why he feels it's important and inspiring to remain independent. 

"There's certain things that majors can bring you...but I just kind of want to go and see what we could do on the strength of just being us," Miller explained. "For me, I want to see if we can change the game, change the industry. I think it's dope because it's inspiring a lot of kids to really try to do it themselves, to use the social networking and the Internet and YouTube and take their shit really seriously and kind of go on their own." 

Rumors of Miller being signed to a major have been swirling. Earlier this year, an email was sent out from an Atlantic Records representative regarding Miller's latest work. However, according to Mac, this was just a misunderstanding and a mix up. 

"Sam Crespo, a dude who helps send out records for me to see if we could get them on the radio, works for Atlantic but he has his own independent thing that he does to help an independent artist get on the radio. It's still funded by us to try to get it but it's not like we get hella spins. So, what happened was, he was supposed to send out an email from himself but he accidentally sent it from his Atlantic email [address]."

After clearing that up, he acknowledged that he is in an interesting position where he can decide to sign any time. According to him, he can "pick any label."

"I'm not trying to sound cocky but I could pretty much pick any label I want and sign to it right now. It's not like I can't get a major record deal. It's kind of just me taking my time and figuring out what's the best for me. That's a big step for me."  

In September, Mac talked about wanting to go platinum independently. Miller is currently focusing his efforts on his latest project, Blue Slide Park. For more from the interview, check the video below. 

Mac Miller Says "I Can Pretty Much Pick Any Label I Want To And Sign To It" In MaskedGorilla.com Interview from MASKED // GORILLA on Vimeo.

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

43 Comments

  • Anonymous

    Mac miller is a wigger who is using the culture i put in the nelly categotry

  • Stump

    Ima true mac fan ima keep supportin no matta wat cuz for every 3 fans on dis site theres 30 haters no matta if its mac, yela, wayne , jay .... Some dick goin say some dumb ish Now lets sit back n watch a million ppl to tell me to stfu or eat a dick cuz they cant.just read a article on here and make a positive comment........... Most dope music 11/8/11 blue slide park

    • Anonymous

      props bro. you're a real mac fan. you're also a real faggot. only people that like mac are corny white kids that don't know shit about hip hop. asher roth would decimate this clown on wax and asher roth is one of the worst rappers of all time. they keep surprising me. every week a new rapper is the worst.

  • Elle MacD

    I see a lot of people hating on this guy but I think it's great to see a kid, no matter what race, with a purpose and trying to better himself. Nothing wrong with trying to make a life for yourself. If you don't like the music he makes after you give it a listen, move on with your life and maybe go see if you can figure out what your own purpose is. Life is too short to sit around hating on other people that want to make something of themselves and besides...a passion for something in this world is better than sitting on your ass doing jack and critisizing everybody else for getting out there and making an attempt.

  • SOurheadband420

    Well Mac dont lie Rostrum is basically a front label for Atlantic and u been major just like WIZ on Atlantic the biggest label that forces a sell out album when its time for the store drop. look at wiz tips lupe bob last albums for examples

  • Jonas Da Truth Bin Asli Bin Hazeeq Bin Wu-Anchong

    Mac Miller dont have Mac-11. GAY

  • Jonas Da Truth Bin Asli Bin Hazeeq Bin Wu-Anchong

    EAT MY DICK YOU FAGGOT-ASSIN-NIGGA-ACTIN-WACK-CLOTHIN-MAC-DONT HAVIN'-FUCKED-UPPIN'-CITY-BOYIN'-MILLION DOLLAR-DONT HAVIN' MILLERR!!!!!

  • Vegard Mller

    Ben listening to Mac for a while and though I wouldn't call him lyrical, he's got on hell of a flow and his is just fun and chill, you know?

    • Anonymous

      look at your face. you're not hip hop. rap would have scared you when it was good. faggot mac miller fan. every mac miller fan is a gay.

  • Vimal

    yo Please reply I wanna know what ya'll think ?

  • VIMAL

    Aite this is what I got to say.... His shit is just catchy man it holds no fucking literal meaning. I'm not gonna hate because he is doing his own thing. BUT if any of you compare him to Emin3m you are clearly brain dead... think about how shady changed the game.... Hmmm do you see N'ysync perform still or vanilla ice? hah nahh because shady essentially destroyed them while making a name for himself. You can't compare him to em because think about it em is still here, LET me explain it's easier for people to accept white rappers nowadays because eminem set the stage he is still here after ten years MAN! that's fucking hard to do. have hella longevity and still have hella albums selling the Slim shady lp is one of his most selling albums and he made it a decade ago.... And recovery broke I-tunes records. what does that tell you? his shit is all good..... I'm tired, like most of you. I'm tired of these whack rappers that are essentially pop but hopefully they lose their buzz and the real ones stay. real like kendrick lamar hopsin needs more hype shit even asher is better than wac miller and Im not hatin but come on man here let me help ya'll visualize the rap game back then and.....now. Look at this picture http://www.google.com/imgres?q=tupac+and+biggie&um=1&hl=en&client=firefox-a&sa=N&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=np&biw=1024&bih=605&tbm=isch&tbnid=12T8HkUZvYjS6M:&imgrefurl=http://tvtbt.wordpress.com/2010/01/12/the-deaths-of-tupac-and-biggie-exactly-what-happened/&docid=hJ7Hb7zAwno8SM&imgurl=http://tvtbt.files.wordpress.com/2010/01/biggie-tupac.jpg&w=620&h=380&ei=fBSZTqDcA4iJsgK3oNzJBA&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=550&vpy=184&dur=288&hovh=176&hovw=287&tx=131&ty=85&sig=113034694152853953180&page=1&tbnh=113&tbnw=136&start=0&ndsp=17&ved=1t:429,r:4,s:0 OK NOW LOOK at this one. http://www.google.com/imgres?q=mac+miller&num=10&um=1&hl=en&client=firefox-a&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&channel=np&biw=1024&bih=605&tbm=isch&tbnid=1FiG1-S7azbcAM:&imgrefurl=http://jahyummy.com/tag/mac-miller&docid=6mCP3bgxTTWRuM&imgurl=http://jahyummy.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/mac-miller-people.png&w=540&h=360&ei=pxSZToz0A66FsAL68czRBA&zoom=1&iact=hc&vpx=265&vpy=182&dur=789&hovh=183&hovw=275&tx=180&ty=95&sig=113034694152853953180&sqi=2&page=1&tbnh=117&tbnw=172&start=0&ndsp=15&ved=1t:429,r:1,s:0 That's All I need to say about that haha rap is losing its genuity nobody lives in a real struggle nowadays and people who do and rap about it rarely will get signed because they aren't "bankable" it's all about money MGK SUCKS DONKEY DICK, cool man he has tattos and shit and is a fast talker but what is he REALLY saying?? NOTHING that will be remembered hopefull in a year It's a shame diddy signed him... Biggie is turning in his grave somewhere. rap was so real back then that. the most famous rappers died by getting shot... u think this guy is gonna get shot for the shit he is spitting? hahahahahahahahahha YEA right man he is gonna get a sold out concert cuz bullshit teens love his poppy ass music and his image the one of a fucking wigger man... fuck dis whack shit.... now im hating

  • Keenjames

    When I heard the moves like jagger remix I really thought it was a joke. He has absolutely no talent other than his over bearing promotion skills. If Asher Roth doesn't ring any bells that's probably because he was a fad just like mac miller (He was better than this kid if that's saying anything). Good lord it's fucking frustrating watching these no talent hacks gain so much exposure simply because they had the right finger pointed at them at the right time. Mac is wack and that is that!

  • Anonymous

    ur a cocky shit who rapped about how good is Donald Trump and u think Shady, Interscope, Aftermanth want u. If Mac Miller goes Platinum 2pac and Biggie died in vain

  • HipHopFan

    I'm not trying to be racist or anything but to me it seems like only white suburban skateboarding kids are feeling Mac Miller. Personally I think he will begin to fizzle out and in 1-2 years people will be like Mac Miller who??? He is nowhere near Eminems level. Em is probably top 3 all time now and Mac will never come close to that. So to all the Trumps out there please hush all the noise that Mac is the new or next Eminem. It will never happen Peace

    • SutterKane

      Eminem comes the underground Battle rap scene in one of hip hops most old fashioned and competitive scenes, Detroit's hip hop scene in general is top class and Em had to earn his name out there Mac Miller hooked up an internet connection and generated Youtube buzz There is NO COMPARISON AT ALL beyond Skin Tone

    • room2roam

      white ppl buy music. u get their attention not only do you have a career..you have a lucrative career...

  • SutterKane

    This dudes gonna struggle his way to gold and watch the 2K Herbs celebrate it like a victory Independant Blah Blah Blah, The Recession Blah Blah Blah, Internet Downloads Blah Blah Blah lol, these kids nowadays dont sell shit because they cant hold anyones intrest and there music gets played out within a month of release, thats the blunt truth of it, all this hype and people talkin bout they cant wait for the record to drop..........30 days after it does no one will be saying shit about this kid or his album, they'll be onto the next overhyped youtube sensation with 30 Million Youtube views and 200K albums sold Cry bout it and respond to me with your "You just an old ass hater" shit if you want, but quote me on what I said because i'm on my psychic hotline shit, I'm telling you the future before it happens, wait and see

  • Nuisance

    I dig this guys state of mind. I wouldn't say he's going to change the game from a business side of things as it's been done for the past few years. If anything, he will be encouraging the cause of using social networking to promote his music. But to anybody using "Youtube" as a way to justify an artists popularity. All I have to say is it's easy to hit the refresh button time and time again...That popularity scale is flawed, like a certain wack hip hop site that 50 called out way back... Keep doing your thing Mac! Hard work pays off...

  • poor kid

    DOES MAC KNOW HOW TO BREATHE WITH HIS MOUTH CLOSED? POOR KID LOOKS LIKE HE HAS A MILD CASE OF DOWN SYNDROME. VACANT STARE, INABILITY TO BREATHE WITHOUT AN OPEN MOUTH. I'LL GO EASIER ON HIS MUSIC FROM NOW ON. HE SEEMS TO BE RETARDED.

  • yo

    LISTEN IMA NIGGA, BUT A WHITE RAPPERS GUNA BECOME EXTREMELY MARKET-ABLE WITH THIS PUSSY COMIN UP, MGK, YELA.. IM TELLIN U WATCH

  • Anonymous

    mac miller >>>> Yelawolf/MGK

    • Josh Moore

      .... seriously? dont even put mgk in the same comparison of Yelawolf. Yelawolf to so many people in southern hip hop is more than just an artist, detroit/midwest has Em. We got Yeller. Its a movement. And if this dude does platinum there is truly something fucked up with this whole new age hip hop shit. Listen to his tracks on the new mixtape. i was diggin the donald trump shit. but i heard this and im like wtf? and dude below me saying lyrical? wtf? FUCKING BABY BASH IS MORE LYRICAL THAN THIS MOTHERFUCKER, AND NO DISRESPECT TO BASH, THATS SAYIN SOMETHIN THO. Hell, even weak ass soulja boy. I believe in taking music for what it is, but this dude has no place in hip hop. period. i can rap about getting high, its easy. wtf man

    • EddieMurrrphy

      i will vouch for yelawolf i like that dude's music for the most part. will buy that album. those other two are some pussy ass faggots. i can say nothing negative about them that hasn't already been said. so fuck 'em.

    • Anonymous

      look at these faggots playing who's better with a bunch of WACK rappers. yelawolf machine gun kelly mac miller ALL WACK if you like any of em youre a homo.

    • Big C

      Im pretty sure they were talking about who's the better rapper, not who makes the songs that little white girls can sing along to.

    • SmoothIam

      Mac Miller knows how to make hit music. MGK and Yela don't man. I'm not talking about bars. MGK live show is off the hook but I listen to his tracks and don't hear any hits man. Miller is doing major artists views on Youtube. Donald Trump got 30 million views on it. It shows how corrupt radio is though man cause as big as that kid is he still can't get decent spins being independent.

    • beatmonsta

      bruh Yelawolf is a beast on the mic he destroys Mac Miller

    • Anonymous

      they all got different styles i love, and i prolly have more mac miller songs than yela and mgk combined, but i gotta say i think yela takes the crown. its all personal opinion tho.

    • Anonymous

      sorry but yelawolf shits all over this kids whole life, thats whys hes signed to shady

  • Mr.Woodall

    When I first seen or heard of Mac Miller, I judged him by his apperances. Yall all know that pic of him rocking his hat to the side like Tip, I thought he looked dumb so I never checked him out. Well I learned not to be so quick to judge. After checking out his catalouge, I was pleased to see this young dude doing his thing his way. He's not a gangster rapper of backpack, or emotional rapper as well. He's a young Hip Hop head who is enjoying himself while most importantly being true to himself at the same time. He's had nods from some very notable Hip HOP honchos. And if people would take the time to listen as opposed to judging him, you'd see that this kid is lyrical!!! Shit I give him a thumbs up. Do your thang Mac, haters can fade away!!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      lyrical? are you joking? you cant be serious he says shit like we're just trying to go bananas like donkey kong new kicks give me cushion like whoopi

  • Anonymous

    that's whats up, keep your options open.

  • @lias

    maybe he won't change it traditionally, but he can change the traditional business angle for many up and coming artist always looking for a hand out "getting signed". changing the culture musically maybe not. but he's hip hop, freestyled for 8 minutes off the top and held his own. upholds the culture. i am not a fan of his music but i respect that young people appreciate his music and he can be a gateway to "the real" stuff of the past. maybe he can even do a sponsorship with apple. ie. mac...

  • Anonymous

    lets be real here, mac miller will never change the game

    • Anonymous

      ^^^LOL in what way homie?

    • winnnerrr

      He's already changed the game........... HATER!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      i cant wait for 3 years from now when his little buzz is dead and all his highschool fans grow up and he fades away, i'm sure he'll still do his thing but i won't have to see him on the hiphop websites every other day

    • Big Dan

      I second that. On top of that, he most likely will drop one or two albums that make some noise, then he fades. While it is it hard for any new artist, with him being white, any label signing him is not thinking Mac Miller, they're thinking Eminem and when he doesn't blow like that, all of a sudden he's not a priority anymore. From what he's saying, his mind is in the right place. I agree with the taking it slow with the labels. If he can sign some type of deal where they put out his records, but he is still free and he can get the big upfront money, that's how he needs to go. He needs to strike though while the iron is hot. He seems to be about his business and you need that nowadays.

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