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I wanted to ask, too, about these five new songs. Were they leftovers from Watching Music—I mean, the Watching Movies sessions?
I don’t want to do this interview, dude, you just got my album title wrong. I’m done. Yeah, dude, they were… you can’t watch music, dude, that’s not even possible.

Wow, that was a brain slip. I started thinking about the gingerbread cookies, and you know how that goes… [Laughs]
[Laughs] It’s all good. They taste good, bro. The cheese cake kinda tastes like lemon, which makes me think they’re old. Where were we? Oh yeah, the new songs. Yeah, the new songs were leftover cuts off the album that didn’t make it, and I just thought for me that it was important to show people songs that didn’t make the album. I think it gives them a better perspective of the album, like how [it] was too melancholy, or too depressing at first. So like, ‘Life’ is an example of how it was too depressing; that was a song that was supposed to be right before ‘Youforia’ before, and we just thought it was too depressing at the end. And this is where they belong; these songs belong on something that’s attached to Watching Movies With The Sound Off, nothing else.

I really liked that track with Future—it was real jazzy. It took him out of that normal element that you hear him in.
Hell yeah, dude, Future’s not just for the strip clubs, Future can do other stuff, too. To me, that’s what a collaboration’s supposed to do. Collaboration is when two artists create something new together, and I think too many times people, you know, when they think, ‘I’m about to make a song with this person,’ they make a song for that person. And that’s not really how it should be.

You recently spoke about Pink Slime with Pharrell. You said it was going to come out next year at some point?
I hope so. I gotta call him, I’m gonna call him after this interview because people keep asking me and I don’t have answers. Last time we talked, we were just talking about that we still wanted to do it. We had a quick checkup, like, ‘Hey man, do you wanna do this?’ ‘Yeah. You wanna do this?’ ‘Yeah.’ ‘Okay, well I’m gonna come to Miami.’ He’s like, ‘Perfect.’ But I gotta really find out when I gotta go to Miami. We gotta do it.

Last time we spoke you were talking about how you haven’t really had a break since K.I.D.S. came out. What’s on the horizon for you now? Are you going to take a little time off?
Yeah man, I’m gonna chill. I got some dogs to raise.

What kind of dogs do you have?
Terrier poodles. Some badass motherfuckers. They crazy, bro. They crazy ass terrier poodles. My dog actually is just figuring out that I make music, it’s like a beautiful thing.

How long have you had him for?
A couple weeks now, but he’s four months. It’s wild, though, from the first day I brought him home he’s just been following me everywhere, like I don’t even need a leash.

That’s incredibly adorable, dude.
I know, right? Mac Miller and a dog. [Laughs] It gets me chicks.

So you gotta be a father to these dogs, take a little time off, then hook up with Pharrell at some point. Are you gonna be getting back in the studio for your own material, too?
[Speaking to his dog: ‘Hold on buddy, you got your leg caught in this leash here. Alright. Oh, you’re pooping? No, you’re pooping. Okay, keep moving. You gonna poop or you’re gonna not poop, bro, make the decision. Don’t eat a plant. Poop, if you’re not pooping you’re in these nice people’s driveway.] [Laughs] I really have four records that I’m working on right now simultaneously, and I’m really deep into each one of them. So far, I’m working on the music. I just became a homeowner. So there’s a lot of steps that are happening in my life right now that are really exciting. We’ll see where it goes. I’m just along for the ride, man.

Those are some pretty adult moves right there. It’s like you’re settling down.
I know, right. I’m getting a haircut weekly now. It’s nuts. I’m an old ass man. But I think it’s all about finding the sense of comfort to be able to just have creative freedom and just chill out and to make music again for the sake of making music. So it’s going well. I’m happy, which is a great thing. Just that, being happy is really awesome. [Laughs] I know you were worried.

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