News: Mac Miller On Donald Trump's Eminem Comparison, "I'm A White Rapper & I'm Blowing Up" [Video]
Tuesday, Aug 23, 2011 9:29AM
Days after getting compared amongst the likes of Grammy-winning rapper Eminem, hip-hop newcomer Mac Miller has shared his reaction to renowned real estate agent Donald Trump's unexpected comparison.
While he accepts the co-sign, Miller pointed out the mass upset reactions following Trump's comparison.
"I thought it was so ridiculous how people got so worked up over him being like, 'You're the new Eminem.' What do you expect him to say? It's Donald Trump -- he's not going to be like, 'I was listening to this Mac Miller kid and he seems influenced by A Tribe Called Quest and he seems like he listened to a lot of Big L growing up," Miller said in an interview. "All he meant was that I'm a white rapper and I'm blowing up...People were like, 'How could the Donald say that? How could they say that Mac Miller is Eminem? They're different!' Obviously, we're different, dude. Don't worry about what Donald Trump calls me -- I was just excited that I've reached a level where someone like that, I'm on their radar. I'm 'bout to hit him to borrow the jet real quick. That man's got paper. I'll get there though. He definitely thinks he's the coolest dude in hip-hop." (Hard Knock TV)
Last week, Trump took the time to share his reaction to Miller's "Donald Trump" record.
"A lot of people are calling me about the Mac Miller rap song," Trump said in a video. "Now, it's named 'Donald Trump.' Maybe you should pay me a lot of money, but it just did over 20 million people, tuning into Mac Miller. So in one way, I'm proud of him. I haven't actually seen the [video], it's a little hard to understand on the song itself. Probably, it's not the cleanest language you've ever heard, but this kid is the new Eminem. Everybody says he's fantastic. Let's see what it is. But the 'Donald Trump' song just hit over 20 million, that's not so bad. I'm very proud of him." (From The Desk of Trump)
In July, Miller talked about Trump's initial reaction to the song's buzz.
"It's funny because the Donald Trump thing came at the end," Miller said, "so I never really thought about [how he'd react] because I never really thought about it reaching that level." The 19-year-old Pittsburgh MC said as unexpected as it was to get a tweet from Trump, with the video now approaching 17 million views on YouTube, it only made sense that the wealthy CEO took notice. "I think it was more comedic than anything," Miller said. "It's just kinda like a quick little, 'Oh wow, Mac is on Donald Trump's radar.' And I was just like 'Oh, that's something you never expect.' "But then it's not really that crazy to think that if a song has 16 million views and it's called 'Donald Trump' - I would hope Donald Trump would know about it," Miller said. (XXL Mag)
The rapper's profile began to gain popular attention around the late 2000's.
Before his solo career, he was part of a rap group, The Ill Spoken with fellow Pittsburgh rapper, Beedie. Prior to signing with Rostrum, in his mid-teen years, Mac Miller went by the alias "Easy Mac". Upon turning 18, he signed with Rostrum Records and released his mixtape debut, titled K.I.D.S. with the label in August 2010. On March 29, Miller released an EP called On And On And Beyond. The six-track work was produced by Rostrum Records. (Lets Sing It)
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