Rapper Wiz Khalifa isn’t the only Steel City representative who’s voiced his support for the Pittsburgh Steelers. Now, in a recent interview with MTV, fellow Pittsburgh rhymesayer Mac Miller explains how the Men of Steel factored into one of his first written rhymes.
In a recent episode of MTV’s “This is How I Made It,” Mac recalled his some of his first written lyrics ever, which features a shout-out to his native city’s NFL franchise. He said that it’s strange thinking back on the rhyme, as he lacked the actual fan base to get away with that kind of a line at that time.
“‘First name Mac, last name Miller/From Pittsburgh, so I rep them Steelers,'” he said. “You kind of pretend you’re bigger than you are. It sounds weird, but you want to make it seem like you were established.”
Mac also spoke on the growth of his fan base of the past few years. He remembered that there was a time when he only had three fans, which pushed him to flood the Internet market with his mixtapes and videos.
“If I had three people anticipating a video, I would be like ‘So, who’s ready for this video? You guys ready? I’m about to drop it any minute now!’ And it’s like three people,” he said. “Most people would be like, ‘Ok, man, I hate myself. I have three fans. I suck.’ But to me, it was like, ‘Up! You guys ready?!’…I thought the ticket to making it was being signed to a record label, you know? There was just no kinda way that was going to happen. I couldn’t figure out how to do it. That’s when I took to like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to try and build a following. So, I always just wanted to flood the Internet with material and content and character and personality.”
Check out the full interview below.
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