Super Tuesday is finally here and everyone from Kanye, J. Cole, Kelly Rowland, Statik Selektah and more are in promo mode. But there’s one artist that’s really going to surprise people with his new album, and his name is Mac Miller. Rostrum Records’ own really stepped out and a made a project completely different from his number 1 debut, Blue Slide Park. He had the formula for success but decided to try something new. You have to respect that. Last Friday, I sat down with Mac to discuss the grueling recoding process, why he chose to step outside the box, Kanye deserving to be number 1, his battle with Lean, and delayed EP with Pharrell.

“I realized that the thing that bothered me was that no one knew I was really crafting records. I was never just a ‘fill in 16 bars on a beat’ rapper. I was making real songs from the jump. Like I never want to say ‘this album is better than my last.’ Every album can be different and be a great piece of work. This is really me just starting to come into my own as an artist. It gets me excited for whatever is next. I’m just starting to realize what I’m capable of. Really, I feel like I have so much more to do, with the production and everything. It’s just about making this music.”

Mac talks about his battle with Lean, Kanye West, his Pink Slime Ep with Pharrell and more.

So let’s say that you did have another record breaking first week and even beat Kanye in first week sales. Does that matter to you? [Laughs] Honestly…
I’ve been saying Kanye deserves the number one album. Like, yea, It’s fun to joke about Yeezus, but I love that album title. I get how artists can be looked at as like prophets of the world. We all have followings, it can be like this weird, creepy thing. I hope he does get the number one album, and I hope I don’t. Because if I do… he’s going to get so mad [Laughs]. It would be bad, dude. But in all reality he deserves that. – See more at:

I wanted to ask you about your battle with Promethazine (aka Lean). I think a lot of your younger fans probably don’t understand how powerful opiate addiction is.
It’s rough. I went through depression and all that, but I was straight. I mean you can ask the people on my team, and they’ll tell you it was serious… but you’re talking to the person that was doing the drugs, so of course I’ll be like ‘it wasn’t that serious.’ I know that I have an addictive personality, and it’s not always a substance. I’m addicted to something at all times. Like it’s always music but maybe sometimes it’s a pair of pants or something else. That’s just how my personality works. When I kicked Lean. I was always thirsty. Not like for pussy, but I just wanted something to drink all the times that would make me feel good. So for a while I just started drinking heavy liquor but I wasn’t going to become an alcoholic. It was just for the transition. It’s different for everyone, but I didn’t have this fuckin’ crazy battle to get off it. I just didn’t feel like sippin’ anymore.

How do you think it affected your music?
My music was getting to the point where you couldn’t even understand what I was saying on records anymore. I was just like mumbling. I loved it but then I was like ‘Oh, having energy is cool.’ I remember my homies would come up to me after I got off and they’d be like ‘I know you don’t want to hear this, but you can perform again.’ So it affects you… but I don’t really know how serious it was. The people around me probably do…

What happened with the Pink Slime EP with Pharrell?
It’s coming after this album. I was just so in the zone that I had to tell Pharrell we need to wait. I was so caught up in this vision for Watching Movies. I didn’t want to ruin it. We’re going to do it, though. I want to redo all the songs, and it’s going to be something completely different. I want to like go somewhere crazy and have him live in a studio for a while. I felt like I had to solidify my identity before doing a project with someone so accomplished. People know who Pharrell is, but they don’t really know who I am yet.

Has he said anything about your beats yet?
I was actually thinking about how cool it would be to have him rap or sing over one of my beats. I think he heard some of my earlier production but I hope he’s blown away by my new shit. I’m humbled by that dude and what he says about me. He told me he played one of the tracks we did for Jay-Z. He said Jay was like ‘this is Mac Miller?!’ [Laughs] That’s just sick.

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