Mac Miller is diving into one of the most important parts of his career, but you wouldn't know it just by talking to him. The 22-year-old rapper from Pittsburgh wrapped up a massive 2013—during which he dropped his sophomore album, Watching Movies With The Sound Off, toured Europe alongside Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz, released his first-ever live album, Live From Space and dropped his Delusional Thomas mixtape under his Larry Fisherman alias—by leaving his longtime record label Rostrum Records following the end of his initial contract. The label, his home since he first gained a national buzz with his K.I.D.S. mixtape in 2010, parted with Miller amicably, and he set out on his own, more independent than he'd ever been.

Many expected Miller to sign with a major, but he went the opposite way instead, pouring his time and effort into his own label, REMember Music, and the heaps of new music he's churning out from the studio in his Los Angeles house. On Mother's Day last Sunday (May 11), Miller dropped Faces, a new mixtape which he describes as more of an album than anything else. The 24-track tape is certainly cohesive despite its sprawling mass, and includes friends like Vince Staples and Earl Sweatshirt as well as Mike Jones, Rick Ross and Sir Michael Rocks. After the release of his tape, Miller spoke with XXL about the enormous amount of music he has in his vault, the idea to ask fans to make a digital sandwich in order to download Faces, and where he goes from here. —Dan Rys

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With all this music, are you thinking about more tapes? Or are you working towards an album?
There's a lot of separate worlds and projects that are happening. And that's another thing. By the way, I'm from the mixtape era, and I call them mixtapes, and that's what they're called, but these aren't mixtapes. A mixtape was when a DJ came through, you fuckin' tried to get him your verse, he picked the verses he wanted, then he handed out hard copies on the street. That's a mixtape. I think we all say these are mixtapes—Wayne did mixtapes—but these are fuckin' albums, bro. I produced—all that shit is original music. And I'm not even being bitter about it, I wanted to call it a mixtape, not an album.

But I'm always working on shit. If people actually knew what happened here, it's amazing. Everybody around me loves every kind of music, and that's everybody. The types of songs that are on my computer, it's anything. And that's what it fuckin' should be, bro.

Has that helped you out from the production side, just having all different types of music around you?
Yeah. I think it's just practice makes perfect, and just being able to sit here and jam with Thundercat every day has made me a better musician. And at the end of the day, that's some of the frustration, too. They tell you in this business to always do the same shit. I remember when I had one of my very early meetings, [and they said] "Never go outside your means." Like, who the fuck are you? How are you gonna tell a grown-ass man who loves music what to fuckin'...? It's possible there's a revolution going on, is what I'm saying. 'Cause if this shit works, and I can just sit here and pump out whatever the fuck I wanna make and people trust that, I hope that everybody does that. And everyone is doing that. Everyone's just making music to make music.

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Mac Miller admitted to doing drugs since childhood in a recent podcast interview with Billboard.

The “Friends” rapper said "I've been doing drugs since I was 10-years old. I just hid it better back then. For me personally, it's never one D or C (drug of choice). Yeah dude, I experiment. Am I proud of it? Do I rep' it? No. But do I rap about it because it's what's going on? Yeah. Would I suggest kids to do drugs? Hell no."

The rapper who released his mixtape Faces on Mother’s Day opened up about how his relationship with music doesn’t coincide with drugs. “The sober you is the best you; my main drug is the studio,” said Miller.

The interview also gave him the chance talk about his work with Rick Rubin on the mixtape. He said that in addition to being in the studio the legendary producer, he’s been meditation with him.

Listen to the full podcast below:

[via Billboard]