Mac Miller

July 15, 2013

I am Mac Miller, head of the department of aristocratic research in space (and amateur musician). ama

hi reddit. i was created at a research facility in Nevada as part of an electron experiment using only positive isotopes mixed with manipulated molecules. now i'm trying to pursue my dream of singing on broadway. my album is called watching movies with the sound off and i'm going to be touring from now until august 10th. ask.


thank you everyone for coming and hanging out. unfortunately i have been up for the past 24 hours watching "orange is the new black" and i'm going to fall asleep any second now. i have to go but i'll be back on /r/hiphopheads.

Hey Mac!

Big fan of your stuff.

'Watching Movies With The Sound Off' is a fucking HUGE change from 'Blue Slide Park' and I love it.The music has gone from well produced happy-go-lucky college rap to brilliantly produced rap that is veering straight into leftfield. When Blue Slide Park came out I was 15, and I thought 'that shit's dope' but then I started moving into different areas of electronic music, more specifically the L.A and Glasgow Beat Scenes (Hudson Mohawke, Lunice, Flying Lotus etc.). From what I can tell you have donesomething similar on a much grander scale than me and most of my questions are regarding that.

I know this is quite longwinded so just answer what you want.

Thanks for doing this man, really appreciate it!

1 it's a good experience, he's a good friend and it's fun to work with people who are excited about creating music and just creating something. we did it at his house.

2 i wouldn't have ever put that specific of a title on any period of musical career, i just think that the things i wanted to focus on have changed and grown and it's just all about me progressing forward in life.

3 aquarium.

4 that's a good question. i don't have an answer.

5 i couldn't call specific aspects, but i just think that all music that you listen to is going to influence and come through in some form in whatever you create.

6 kendrick's album. ab-soul's album. vince staples - i think that he just started, he's still at the building stage of his career. my favorite nonrap song - radiohead's "all i need."

7 i really don't even know what makes someone an electronic producer, is flylo considered electronic? i guess him.

Is Pink Slime ever getting released?

yes. whenever me and p get back in the studio.

What does Ariana's hair smell like?


What kind of cookies?

chocolate chip.

Hey Mac, big fan and long time listener. Who is your favorite artist to work with?

Also, have you ever checked out /r/hiphopheads? You have a pretty big fan base growing over there thanks to WMWTSO.


yea, i've checked out /r/hiphopheads...i have noticed, my friend from colorado actually put me on that. i think it's cool, i like open discussions.

If Biggie and Tupac were hosting two separate parties on the same night, whose would you attend? Why?

biggie's party because...i'd draw straws.

How much pussy did clock actually get last night?

a single female.

Would you ever do a song with Eminem?

hell yea

My name is also Mac Miller so thanks for giving me the easiest pickup line ever.

Anyway, I have one question: What has been your favorite place to perform and why? Keep up the good work.

Edit: a word

you're welcome

my favorite place to perform is pittsburgh, always. there is a special energy there.

What's the best movie to watch with the sound off?

turtle: the incredible journey.

What was working with Jay Electronica like?

very spiritual. and enlightening. he's a very intelligent human being.

Your music is a huge part of my life.


you're welcome.

Just making sure but Earl Sweatshirt is NOT touring with you right?

he's doing a run of shows with me. check out

Spongebob or Patrick?

spongebob. gotta go with the protagonist.

When you were in high school, what made you want to decide to start rapping seriously rather than playing sports and partying all the time?

music was always my #1 passion.

What's your personal favorite song you've ever made?

aquarium. has my 2 favorite versus i ever wrote.

whats your favorite cartoon?

family guy.

family guy.

and king of thehill.

local pittsburgher here, and huge fan! my questions are:

1) how much do you smoke a week?

2) Whats your favorite place to hang out in the city?

3) What is one cool thing that many people don't know about you?

4) What is your relationship with Wiz Khalifa if any?

5) Want to hang out sometime or go to a concert ;D

1 smoke? what are you referring to?

2 id labs

3 i can do a 1-handed cartwheel

4 he's a friend

5 definitely. hit me up. 281-330-8004

Craziest concert you performed at?

the original woodstock.

How did you meet tyler and OF?

at a dance battle.

Who won?

lil saint

Hey Mac Miller! I have recently been listening to you a lot because of your work with Odd Future. I have some Odd Future related questions..

  1. Has your bike gang and Earl's gang done any crazy stuff yet?

  2. Are you friends with the none-performers of Odd Future such as Taco, Jasper, and Lionel?

  3. Was Jay-Z alright with you and Earl smoking weed on his lawn?

  4. How did you discover Tyler? Did you approach him or did he approach you?

Thanks for your time :)

1 we are working on a united bunny hop

2 yes.

3 i think he might have been a little creeped out.

4 i heard about him from 2010 when he dropped the french video.

Will you do any work with LIl B in the near future? Whats your favorite Lil B tape?

i can only hope. my favorite is "lil b illusions of grandeur"

Which song of yours would you recommend having sex to? My boyfriend and I are huge fans! :)


how much for a room in the dojo? i can cook/clean/do drugs/gather drugs/play nintendo. ill drop out of college today i dont care

$20 a month. it's up to you if you stay in school.

Mr. Miller, I am the head of security for the Nevada Electron Experiment facility you have until 21:00 hours to report back to the facility peacefully. Please Mac you remember what happened last time we had to use force. If you need a reminder just think about the Larry Dollaz faze.


How did your friendship with q came together?

cuz he lent me a tshirt at a party.

do you ever browse r/trees?

no, should i?

Yo Mac, a huge fan here. Not looking for a question answered just wanted a chance to let you know how talented and how much power you have behind what you do. It would only be a pleasure meeting you but until then ill be listening to what you have to say. Keep doing what you're doing. You're on path to go down as one of the greatest. Keep it up and I look forward to seeing what's to come. See you soon at northern lights in NY. MOST DOPE!

you are appreciated.

Hey Mac! Thanks for taking the time to do an AMA, I'm a fan of your work.

1) What was your life like during the filming of your t.v show?

2) What's your favorite food?

3) What are the ups and downs of being on tour?

1 it's like living in an aquarium.

2 broccoli

3 the ups = performances and memories. the downs = constant motion.

Hey Mac just wanted to say thank you for all the great music you have put out! In songs like Youforia and Aquarium do you think about a girl you are with or is it just some of your amazing imagination?

mixture of both

Have you ever given Wiz a beat? Or Trinidad James?

trinidad james yes, wiz no.

First off i would like to say I'm a big fan, watching movies is mega dope. For my questions, how do you deal with people who see you as nothing more than frat rap?

with a smile.

How much has your family supported your music?

zero - psych. as much as you could ask for

Your drum solo last night was fucking nuts. Where did you learn to play?

i don't know, just picked up some drumsticks and started hitting things.

I don't mean to name drop but do you remember a kid Kyle Tarpley? I went to Slippery Rock with him for a semester, had nothing but good things to say about you.

Also wanted to say I loved WMWTSO and the direction you went with it. I'm excited to hear some of your production on Doris as well

yes, i do remember. i don't have any beats on doris, but thank you.

If you could meet anyone (living or dead) who would it be and why?

bill nye. just to see how smart he is.

bill nye. just to see how smart he is.

he should be in one of my music videos.

Who has influenced you the most throughout your career and helped you get to where you are now?


Now for a serious question, how is the movie theater going? I own several small businesses myself and am always interested in learning more about a business I know nothing about?

can i get a loan?

Thank you for doing this. I'm a huge fan and it's great to have you here. I'll be seeing you soon in St. Louis.

Once again, thanks for coming. Be sure to check out /r/hiphopheads. We love you over there.

if you are an aspiring rapper / producer, don't listen to anybody but yourself.

yes, i've changed, you can't wear the same clothes every day. you gotta change.

i quit with jesus.


Mac thank you for staying independent. What made you want to stay independent?

fear. and bravery at the same time.

Been a fan for a couple years and I've noticed your music style become more mature in a sense. Was there a specific event that caused that?

some birthdays.

are you gonna collab with anyone from The Bay anytime soon? maybe E-40?

yea, we have a song in the works.

Long time fan! I cant wait to see you Santa Ana! My question is If you could do one collaboration with someone dead or alive who would it be? P.S. I can't watch KIDS without singing your songs, so thank you for that!

it would be with prince.

you're welcome.

Boxers or briefs? Pizza or Mac n cheese? Favorite tv show? And besides music what is something you've always wanted to do? Oh and favorite song ever?

briefs. mac n cheese. boy meets world. i would want to discover artifacts. already answered my favorite song.

I've been listening to Larry Lovestein's album all day. It's tight. Who do you think is most fashionable, Mac or Larry?


How did you get Jay Elec on a track? Came out of nowhere but I loved it.

telepathy and good deeds.

Mac so I'm curious to whats your view on birds?

they have life figured out.


i had fun on a song by song basis - depending on which song, it was even more fun. a song like "remember" was not exactly fun to make. versus a song like "gees"

Do you feel like you've created your own style of music? I definitely do =) huge fan, bro.

not yet.

What was your motivation behind writing and recording WMWTSO?

motivation was everything that was happening in my life.

Hey Mac! I love you're music and how it has been evolving since you started. How did you get into making music with The Internet and what are the chances of getting to meet you?

they came over to the sanctuary and we ended up making the song that will be on their album "feel good." you can purchase a meet and greet ticket, that's a guaranteed chance to meet and greet and a signed poster. and early entry to the show too.

What was it like working with Schoolboy Q? The guy's energy seems to be off the walls.

he sucks. i have to write all his verses for him.

While working on K.I.D.S, did you do anything else in your free time or just strictly write? Also, what is your preferred environment when writing?

i went to school. my preferred environment is solitude.

Hey Mac, You discuss the subject of not only loneliness but the struggles of love and the strain this lifestyle has put on you. Given that you have struggled with addiction due to the stress and in a few songs you reference if you were given a chance to be young again you would do it all again. Would you every give up this lifestyle or regret any part of it? (Also one of the reasons I first became a fan was because of your Jewish heritage, me also being Jewish, please don't let that go man.)

number 1 - yes i would do everything the exact same. 2 - no offense, but a person's religious views should have nothing to do with whether you like them or not.

HI Coming to Miami anytime soon? Cause we would love to have you here, promise.

i would love to be there. the tour isn't going there this time but next time.

as a fellow pittsburgher, what's your favorite place to eat at when you come home?


What kind of kid were you in high school?

a man of god.

Malcolm, I love you so much. Your music changed my life; if it wasn't for you, I wouldn't be here today. I just wanted to ask what has been the biggest struggle for you in the music industry? I know many people always feel the need to criticize your music but who would you say is your biggest enemy, criticizers or yourself?

P.S. Please come back to the DMV.:( Your show was soooo good, I can still feel the bass line in my throat.

the biggest struggle has been fake-ass motherfuckers. my biggest enemy is myself.

that's tight.

Are you going to do any Collabs with Chance the Rapper?

we already did one, working on more.

Did you fuck Ariana Grande?

watch your mouth.

What's your favorite album?

ScHoolboy Q's "oxymoron"

How do you like your pineapples?


Yo mac, I was the fat dude killing dance circles in you "Party on 5th Ave" video, remember me?. Anyways, I just wanted to say that whole video shoot was fun as hell and I always tell people how I was surprised how down to earth you were. Anyways, keep reppin' for Pittsburgh brotha.

EDIT: Also, I remember what song put me on to you, back in 09 this was my shit party in the USA remix, you should put out a mixtape doing more remixes like this

yea and hell yea!

How did you get into producing? What was it like working with ScHoolboy Q?

i started producing before i started rapping. working with ScHoolboy Q was fun. and fuckin' isn't Q's favorite word. his favorite word is hello.

I know you're Jewish and all so how did your parents react when they first learned you wanted to pursue rapping?

what does one have to do with the other?

MAC, your reality show is genuinely fucking hilarious. Good job on that. Question, looks like you've started hanging out with the OF and TDE camp a lot recently, how did that start?

rappers ... i don't know it just happened. that's tight that you like my show.

What is your favorite sport?


Favorite Cereal?

golden grahams.

If you wouldn't have become an artist, what do you think you would be doing?

i'd be a chef or a teacher.

I caught a white sweaty ass tshirt at your houston show a few weeks ago. I still don't know if its yours or it?

i don't know...if it smells like butterflies, then it's mine.

Mac, What is your favorite album that you have made? I love KIDS I rock out to it every single day I snowboard I start out with it. I can't possibly be in a bad mood when I heard that album.

Can't wait to see you in buffalo Sunday

thank you. but it's the new one. sick, see you there.

Did you actually run for class president in HS and was there a kid named Jerome Weinberg? All your music is dope by the way

yes i did until i was removed from the ballot. no he is a fictional character.thanks.

Who is an artist/band that we wouldn't expect you to listen to?

And who was that artist/band that you listened to in your teenage years that you're now embarrassed of, or don't like them any more?

Loving Aquarium too.

destiny's child.

i'm not embarrassed about any music, all music serves a purpose.

Do you like Mac and Cheese? This is a serious question.

yea. that's a serious answer.

Is there a story behind the girls' voices in the tracks on Macadelic?

yes. but you will have to figure it out yourself.

Hey Mac! Been a fan for a long time, and I just wanted to ask, what do you think has changed the most about you from the time you were in the Ill Spoken, to now, releasing the best album of the year, WMWTSO? also, are you still friends with Beedie?

i think i have been getting better, which is what the aim always is. i'm still friends with beedie.

Hey Mac,

Thanks for doing this; I have two questions.

Now obviously, you're your own man but if you had to think of rappers/artists who inspire your music style who would they be?

My second, question being, every artist has a point where they think maybe I'm not made for this, maybe I am not good enough. Can you describe such a moment for yourself and how you managed to keep going with your art?

pink floyd, the beatles, q-tip, and radiohead all inspire me.

yes, definitely, and you have your up days and your down days just like anybody else. i started a new day.


i am coming to canada this year stay tuned for details.

whats an average day like?

an average day, depends on the day. it could be as normal or as abnormal as you can imagine.


1) Wanted to say the London show last month in Brixton at Plan B was awesome, I know it is soon but surely you are coming back to London again this year?

2) Also, WMWTSO has a completely different sound with you and the Internet performing, any chance of a live studio album being produced? I would 100% buy it!

3) Do you play video games? If so which ones are your favourite?

Want to also say you are a huge inspiration, the lyrics which have seemed to stay with me since I heard them was "Never needed permission went a lived the life that I chose", so tight! very inspirational for people from all walks of life!!

Been tweeting you for years and have never got a reply (I know you are a very busy individual) but a response on here would be awesome!

p.s it was my birthday yesterday and I got WMWTSO, me, my girlfriend and my car love it!!! Keep it up Malcolm!!!

1 yes, stay tuned for details.

2 yes once they release their album.

3 i like nba 2k13 because i am in it. you can play as me. and i like all story games.

thanks for letting me know i inspired you.

Are you going to do any work with Childish Gambino?

yes, i am supposed to send him some beats.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Or even whats your favorite place youve been to?


What are your top 3 primanti's sandwiches?

capicola fish corned beef

What was the thought process behind the creation of the Watching Movies with the Sound Off album cover?

not as much thought as you would think. it just kind of happened.

did that girl ever give you your hat back?


Any collabs with Drake anytime soon?

yea, i hope so.

Whats your favorite tattoo you have?

the bird on my neck.

the bird on my neck.

the Einstein one is good too.

I was at your show at the Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland. You were amazing man. The energy of that show was insane. Thanks for a good one!

thanks for being a part o fit.

okay so i literally am in love with you just putting that out there. i live in pennsylvania and its amazing to be living in the same state that you lived in. i think im like a super fan hahah. but anyway i really wanna know how you feel about the new album? like are you proud of it? do you like i more or less than your other mixtapes and album?

yea i always like my most recent stuff most.

I see you like to watch movies with the sound off. What's your opinion on subtitles?

i am for them.

Hey Mac, just wanted to say that missed calls is a dope song and keep up the good work!


What's your opinion on Hoodie Allen?

never heard his music

What's your favorite color?

navy blue

Do you always wear Nike's?

no, not always. i like to be barefoot.

HI! What is your favourite book and why?

the 5 people you meet in heaven, it's a very touching story filled with morals and life lessons.

How do u know fans by name?? That's so cool! I follow some of the people u follow (trish, taylor, jazmine and meeya) and like how do you know them? I look up to all of u and wish you would notice me :(

they are very real fans. i have so many fans that i try to keep up as much as possible while also trying to live a healthy lifestyle that is not too attached to the internet. thanks for being a fan though.

Hey Mac! Big fan, When was the first time you realised you made it big? Did it feel weird?

still don't feel like i have made it big. but thank you.

As a fan and a Honda owner I have to ask, do you in fact own just a Honda?

no, i have since upgraded.

When can I start bumpin' Watching Movies on vinyl?

hopefully soon.

Do you plan to fully produce an album as Larry Fisherman?

yea, definitely.

Yo brahj:

  1. How did you feel about how people started labeling you as a coke head?

  2. Will you release a song with Cudi?

  3. Will you release a song with Chance the rapper? Also, what are your thoughts on touring with him and his recent success?

4.Are you gonna start making fun is 4 everyone's again?

1 it was false but people are quick to make assumptions about things they don't understand.

2 yea, definitely.

3 yea, definitely. it was great touring with him, he puts on a great show and the energy of the tour was perfect.

4 yea, we have some in the archives.

This interview was transcribed from an "ask me anything" question and answer session with Mac Miller conducted on Reddit on 2013-07-15. The Reddit AMA can be found here.