Last week, Mike WiLL Made It—he of the most prolific in-studio Instagram account maybe of all time—posted a photo of himself in the studio with Skrillex and Chance The Rapper. Over the weekend, XXL spoke to Skrillex about the convergence of hip-hop and electronic music, and he told us about the first time he met the Atlanta trap master around three years ago.
“I was working on the Bangarang EP, and he had just showed me [Rihanna's] ‘Pour It Up‘ [with] a demo vocal on it, unmixed, and some of the Future joints that have been coming out,” Skrillex said via phone. “And he was just like, ‘What the fuck is this sound?’ And I was in his room like, ‘What the fuck is this sound?’ It was appreciation for each other, and it was just natural. I didn’t really know much about who Mike WiLL was other than some of that shit, and then I realized he was a self-made kid. He just had his whole crew with the Eardrummas, and created this whole collective of musicians that he grew up with. And it’s the same story we have with OWSLA my record label. We were just friends playing together. Now we’re more successful and touring, but it’s always been the same process—hang together, make records together and collaborate together.”
Skrillex also mentioned that, without getting into specifics, there are a lot of records he’s got floating around, including work he did that night in the studio with both Mike and Chance.
“The thing about it is that there are so many records that are being made right now—which is also exciting—and whether they come out tomorrow or a year from now, there’s definitely a lot of bullets in the chamber,” he said. “That’s the cool thing about it—previous to this last decade of the 2000s, it took so much to get people in the studio, managers going back and forth, who’s getting paid and this and that. And now it’s just like, people are working together collaboratively for fun, and then you see what happens afterwards. But yeah, we’re all working on projects together, for sure. There’s a lot of cool shit in the making right now.”