News: Mac Miller Packs His Bags, Leaves Rostrum Records

Wednesday, Jan 15, 2014 4:25PM

Written by Rosario Harper

Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller is going to search for greener pastures after announcing his departure from Rostrum Records following a strong four-year run.

According to Miller, there were no problems and the business decision had nothing to do with his personal relationship to the label.

"Rostrum is my family. That is forever," Miller said in an exclusive joint statement issued to MTV News on Tuesday (January 14). "No matter what, we will always work together. We moved mountains and I can only see them continuing that tradition. I am grateful for everything I learned and am always here for whatever." (MTV)

The growing record company also issued a statement and confirmed the amicable break-up.

"Mac is an incredible artist and has a bright career ahead of him," Rostrum Records Founder and President Benjy Grinberg said. "We are proud of the historic run that we had together and we will continue to support him in any way that is needed. We wish him nothing but the best in the future." (MTV)

Miller's run at Rostrum Records began in summer 2010 courtesy of his K.I.D.S. underground project.

His K.I.D.S. mixtape became his breakthrough when it was released in August of 2010, earning plenty of attention from hip-hop blogs and landing Miller a recording contract with Rostrum Records. Rostrum released his debut EP On and On and Beyond, and his debut album, Blue Slide Park in 2011. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. The more experimental effort, Watching Movies with the Sound Off, followed in 2013 with left-field hip-hop names like Action Bronson, Earl Sweatshirt, and Flying Lotus lending a hand. (All Music)

Last month, Mac delved into 2014 plans to hook up with mega producer Pharrell Williams for a joint project.

Miller now reveals the Mac-Pharrell project is back on. "We actually just talked a couple days ago," he tells Rolling Stone. "I'm going to go see him [in Miami] and we're going to finish it and put it out. Because the sh*t's ill and people want it. We both had pretty wild years. We gotta do it!" The rapper anticipates Pink Slime will drop by the end of 2014. "All we gotta do it sit down for a few days and knock out songs," he says. Recording at Williams' studio in Miami, he adds, is a reward in itself. "It's refreshing," Miller explains. "[In L.A.] I'm in this dungeon, my little cave that's this weird-ass looking place that I just live in. And then to go to Miami, it's just so nice to see natural light and a pool and happy things. It's good." (Rolling Stone)

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