Mike WiLL Made-It says he looks up to certain business-minded people in the music industry, including Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine, who were part of Apple’s acquisition of Beats for more than $3 billion in May.
“We’ve had plenty of talks,” Mike says of Iovine during an interview with BusinessWeek. “I told him, he and Dre are the OGs. They’re opening up doors for people like me.”
Mike WiLL says he hopes to follow in their billion dollar footsteps.
“Now I know I’m going to make $3billion by the time I’m 40,” he says.
How does he plan on doing this? He says he has different ways of attaining wealth.
“I tell people, ‘You gotta look at me as a producer and a businessman, like an executive or some CEO-type shit. It’s like I have three different brains,” he explains.
During the article, Mike also explains how he helped Miley Cyrus find her sound.
“I was like, ‘Yo, use that country twang. I hear it, but you are trying to hide it,’” he says. “So she started using her country twang. That made it all-the-way dope.”
Another person that he’s helped is Future. In the piece, Future says “Mike’s beats helped” him develop his singing style.