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On His Later Career
Ma Dukes: As far as music, a year before he passed, when he was in a semi-comatose-like state. He had this dream over and over [for] two days. It started like a fever, but after the fever he was still wasn't himself. He said, "I just want to give my gift back in the world." At the time when he said it, he was in a state where he was on so many monitors and machines and it didn't look good. We didn't know if he was going to make it to tomorrow. So I'm stuck to his bedside. When he said it, he said it more than once. It wasn't back to back, but he [was] in and out of conscious and [would] repeat it. I think that was God's way of letting me know that, despite everything, he wasn't afraid. He was on a mission, and everything in him was for the purpose of giving music for the world.

[That] is what moved him; to see people's faces happy when he spins records. He looked at your face, and if he sees smiles from people or people request to hear a song again, that did everything for him. I felt like it was near the end, and he asked [God] to give him more time so he can give his gift back in the world. This is exactly what I felt in my heart. It was what he loved. It was his one love.

On His Later Career

Ma Dukes: As far as music, a year before he passed, when he was in a semi-comatose-like state. He had this dream over and over [for] two days. It started like a fever, but after the fever he was still wasn't himself. He said, "I just want to give my gift back in the world." At the time when he said it, he was in a state where he was on so many monitors and machines and it didn't look good. We didn't know if he was going to make it to tomorrow. So I'm stuck to his bedside. When he said it, he said it more than once. It wasn't back to back, but he [was] in and out of conscious and [would] repeat it. I think that was God's way of letting me know that, despite everything, he wasn't afraid. He was on a mission, and everything in him was for the purpose of giving music for the world.

[That] is what moved him; to see people's faces happy when he spins records. He looked at your face, and if he sees smiles from people or people request to hear a song again, that did everything for him. I felt like it was near the end, and he asked [God] to give him more time so he can give his gift back in the world. This is exactly what I felt in my heart. It was what he loved. It was his one love.
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It's undeniable that Mike WiLL Made It has had another impressive year both behind the boards and in the spotlight, and he's beginning to reap the benefits of it all. With yesterday (March 23) marking the renowned producer's 25th birthday, XXL caught up with Mike to both reflect on his previous year and look toward what he's got coming up in the game for the next one.

With his new record label, Eardruma Records, launched through Interscope late last year as well as a slew of things on the calendar already this year, Mike says he's optimistic about 2014, continuing to kick things in high gear in the midst of all the madness. Now that Miley Cyrus' album, Bangerz—which Mike executive produced—is under his belt and with his new label rounding into form, Mike spoke on his five biggest accomplishments over the past year, as well as the things he's most looking forward to for this next one. —Miranda J. (@Randa_Writes)
It's undeniable that Mike WiLL Made It has had another impressive year both behind the boards and in the spotlight, and he's beginning to reap the benefits of it all. With yesterday (March 23) marking the renowned producer's 25th birthday, XXL caught up with Mike to both reflect on his previous year and look toward what he's got coming up in the game for the next one.

With his new record label, Eardruma Records, launched through Interscope late last year as well as a slew of things on the calendar already this year, Mike says he's optimistic about 2014, continuing to kick things in high gear in the midst of all the madness. Now that Miley Cyrus' album, Bangerz—which Mike executive produced—is under his belt and with his new label rounding into form, Mike spoke on his five biggest accomplishments over the past year, as well as the things he's most looking forward to for this next one. —Miranda J. (@Randa_Writes)
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