Mac Miller says he has a lot on his plate. According to the emcee, who released Faces earlier this year, he’s got nine projects that are being made.
“There’s like nine different things being created, but I’ve realized I have to time my things properly,” Mac Miller says in an interview with Complex. “I want to make sure I give everything its proper due and let it get to the world. Right now, I want to get Faces all the way out there before I make my next [move]. I’ve always been the type of artist where I work and I’m on to the next, so I want to let me work in my own capacity. When it comes to the world, I want to make sure that they hear the whole project before I drop another one. But you never know. Maybe the full album already came out and no one knows about it. But right now the name of the game is Faces, that project was super long and I want to let people peel the layers off and let it marinate…Everyone can’t focus on nine projects at once like I can. So I have to let them dive into Faces before I throw something else at them.”
Miller is able to create so many projects because of his recording style, he says.
“I record now how I used to write,” Miller explains. “When I was younger I just wrote notebooks full of rhymes and now that I have my own studio that’s how I record. Faces was like—I wanted to compile everything and put it into a story. It’s not B cuts, it’s real things in there that could be discussed entirely too. Before I’d jump on to the next, I have to let people get into it. It’s a blessing for me because I think the people are waiting on a shorter statement. Before I do that, I wanted to give them a trip inside my head which is anything but precise and short.”
He isn’t the only one creating music in his home studio, a place that’s become a hub for many other artists, including Ab-Soul, ScHoolboy Q and Earl Sweatshirt, among others.
“They’re the homies,” Miller says. “As far as creation, that was something that was beautiful because my philosophy on creation is that you need time. You have two hours in the studio to come in and there’s all these other things. Like, ‘Oh, I gotta go to the studio for two hours and if I do that, it’s gonna come out my budget and boom, boom, boom.’ I’m not speaking on anyone but myself here. I’m always down to let the homies come through and work to create because I like being around music. And two, it’s letting people create freely. We all just ended up hanging out and I just had this spot. We have a lot of fun at that spot, in the studio and outside.”