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Mac Miller Loves ‘The Lion King’

Mac Miller is a well-known movie buff, so much so that he named his sophomore album Watching Movies With The Sound Off, which reflected the atmosphere in the studio while he was recording his moody and thoughtful LP...

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It is kind of crazy in an industry that relies on creative people to then try to channel that creativity into only one lane.
It's this whole business of art, right? I believed when I was younger that if I wasn't always doing something—I had to make sure that I tweeted, I had to make sure I was dropping videos. I was blessed to be able to get to the point that I'm at. The most important thing is that you be happy with what you're creating, because then if a motherfucker says something to you then you really don't feel any type of way. The only time that an opinion on your art pisses you off is when you already don't like it yourself, and they say that and it just proves to you that you were right and didn't like the song. Just do what you love to do.

But it's tough, dude, because I'm fuckin' sitting here and there's so many wild types of music here and I would hate if the world was built in such a way that I couldn't put it out because it would confuse people. Like, what? I'm just a dude, how you gonna tell me what to put out? But oh, here's the good part—there's nobody to tell me shit. I run my whole thing. So I can do that, and I think that's important.

I did want to ask you about that—since leaving Rostrum, are you handling everything yourself, or do you have another label situation in the works?
I'm pretty honest, bro—I've taken meetings. But I have my own operation. My label's REMember. And it's really because, I'm not being arrogant and believing I can take on these major labels, because at the end of the day they're there for a reason, they can do something for a reason. However, I actually have an amazing situation right now. Because I was able to step back, and I have everything right here. It's people that grew up in Pittsburgh and everyone has a different skill set, and we're actually gonna be the people that—I'm sure a lot of people say this, but—we're not doing this to be a big business record label. We really want to be a label that lets artists just do whatever the fuck they want. We wanna help artists find themselves. I could sit here and make all my artists' records. But I'd rather people be fans of my artists rather than be fans of me, and then fans of my artists.

Mac Miller Has Been Doing Drugs Since He Was 10

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...

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The 52 Best Albums By XXL Freshmen

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There’s a great deal of preparation that goes into choosing XXL Freshman. Research. Attending shows. Debates over whom are the hottest. However, sometimes the deciding factor is over who has the streets talking with their mixtapes.

Tapes are the best way to gauge how your music is doing. It’s a melting pot of your talents to showcase your progress, as well as who you align yourself with in the rap industry. A lot of the times, tapes that have an MC rapping over other people’s instrumentals catapulted them into the conversation of who’s next. Few of our Freshman picks like Jon Connor and Fashawn have made undeniable classics in the underground by jumping on beats rapped on by Jay Z and Nas.

There are plenty of tapes to choose from when highlighting the best mixtapes by XXL Freshman. Some rappers have year’s worth of mixtape before their debut albums, while others have made a dent in the rap game by having one extremely well received release. The formula for what a mixtape is these days keeps changing rapidly. To be clear though, Isaiah Rashad doesn’t have tape out, so he is excluded from this list. We still fuck with Cilvia Demo heavy.

So, with that said, from Lil Boosie to J. Cole, these are The 73 Best XXL Freshmen Mixtapes.—Complied By Eric Diep, Dan Rys, Marvin Jules And Jeffrey Whaley


The 73 Best XXL Freshmen Mixtapes

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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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It's been a hell of a week for Dr. Dre. The progenitor of G-Funk sold his stake in Beats Electronics, the company he co-founded with Interscope chief Jimmy Iovine, to Apple for $3.2 billion last week, and his sudden ascension to the richest man in hip-hop—with wealth estimated just shy of a full billion—has come with its share of perks. One of those is reported to be the Key to the City of Compton, his LA hometown and the setting for such classics as "California Love" with Tupac from the mid-1990s.

But Dre's not the only rapper to receive a key to the city—Mac Miller received the Key to Pittsburgh late last year, while Tyler, The Creator wanted the Key to Boulder, Colorado so much that he staged his own ceremony, giving himself a fake honorary key. Impressively creative as always, Tyler. From Diddy to Pitbull, Baby Jay to Busdriver, here are 19 times when a member of the hip-hop community has received a Key to The City. Keys open doors. —Dan Rys

20 Rappers And Hip-Hop Executives With A Key To The City


Mac Miller Playfully Responds To Kendrick Lamar On “Friends”: “No ‘Control,’ F**k Ken Lamar”

Kendrick Lamar's "Control" verse was a much-needed reality check for hip-hop as a lot of MCs tightened up their bars and puffed up their chests a bit...

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Mac Miller Releases New Mixtape ‘Faces’

As promised, Mac Miller comes through with his new project Faces on Mother's Day. The latest effort from the Pittsburgh MC contains a lengthy 24 tracks and boasts features from ScHoolboy Q, Rick Ross, Mike Jones, Earl Sweatshirt, Vince Staples and more...

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Mac Miller Sings His Heart Out In “House Of The Rising Sun” Video

With the release of his upcoming project, Faces less than 24 hours away, Mac Miller decides to have a little fun dropping a visual for his cover of Eric Burdon and The Animals' song "House Of The Rising Sun...

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