Pittsburgh rapper Mac Miller recently talked about his run in the rap game and why he had to come back down to reality after receiving some mixed reactions to his mainstream appeal.
Mac credited his Watching Movies with the Sound Off summer release for making him realize it takes time to win critics over.
The 21-year-old Miller is equally comfortable with his current status in the rap game: After his chart-topping debut album, Blue Slide Park, received mixed reviews, the rapper says it was a welcome change to see Watching Movies almost universally praised. “Of course I notice it,” he says, when asked if he’s felt a change in how critics view him his as an MC. “It was real confusing to me: how that shit works. To me, I was like, ‘I’m not the person everyone thinks I am.’ But the realization I’ve had is that no one is going to fully understand you. You have to give people time. No one hears everything I’ve made. They may go off of however they’ve been introduced to me.” “So you can’t be mad at it,” he adds. “You just gotta be patient and wait until people get it. I have time. Sooner or later, everyone will get it.” (Rolling Stone)
Miller also 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)
Along with the music success, the Pittsburgh native recently talked about landing on Forbes’ Cash Kings list for 2013.
“Yeah I know. I couldn’t believe I made it on this year,” Miller said referring to his placement on the Forbes annual list. “The one year I didn’t care about money and I’m on there.” (Complex)
The Top 20 consists of some other first-timers like West Coast rapper Kendrick Lamar.
1. Diddy – $50 million 2. Jay Z – $43 million 3. Dr. Dre – $40 million 4. Nicki Minaj – $29 million 5. Birdman – $21 million 6. Kanye West – $20 million 7. Lil Wayne – $16 million 8. Wiz Khalifa – $14 million 9. Ludacris – $12 million 10. Pitbull – $11 million 11. Drake – $10.5 million 12. Snoop Lion – $12 million 12. Eminem – $10 million 14. Kendrick Lamar – $9 million 14. Pharrell – $9 million 14. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – $9 million 17. Swizz Beatz – $8.5 million 18. Tech N9ne – $7.5 million 19. 50 Cent – $7 million 20. Lil Jon – $6 million 20. Rick Ross – $6 million 20. Mac Miller – $6 million 20. Young Jeezy – $6 million 20. ?uestlove – $6 million (Rap-Up)
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