In the last six months, Mac Miller's career has gained more momentum than he may have ever imagined. The Pittsburgh, Penn. native proved himself to be an Internet savy phenom, translating his digital following into record sales. But with such notoriety, comes extreme pressure.
After his first studio album, "Blue Slide Park," debuted No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, Mac Miller turned into a poster boy of success for indie rappers everywhere. "[I don't feel] pressure from other people, but from myself. I have big expectations for myself," he told The Juice, minutes before his performance at Paid Dues Festival on Saturday (April 7) .
Although self-branded as "keeping it humble," underneath being grateful for the chart-topping album lays a heir of confidence. "In real life it was like, 'That's what we came here to do!' I came here to put out No. 1 albums. I never want [my] albums to not be No. 1, that's my expectation for myself." And for his sophomore release, the "Donald Trump" rapper hopes to recapture that magic. "It's really just working and figuring not only how I can do that again, but do better than that."
Last month, the 20 yr. old dropped his "Macadelic" mixtape; equal parts reflective and playful. Chocked full of guest appearances, including Juicy J, Casey Veggies, and Kendrick Lamar, the project is sprinkled with thinly veiled rebuttals to critics who have written his music off as too juvenile. "Macadelic" also reflects the rapper's current state of mind. "'Macadelic' is where I'm at right now. I think that's what's great about the mixtape game, it's from the artist. Just from me to you. We made it, we mixed it, and we put it out the next day, so it's real raw. That's just how I love my music. If I didn't have mixtapes, I don't think people would've known who I was," he said.
The rest of 2012 will find Mac putting out three projects by year's end, the details of which are still under wraps. "I'm doing three collaborative projects before the end of this year," Mac Miller told the Juice. "One is coming out soon, I can't tell you [about them] but they're all crazy, they're all really dope. I think that's just what I need to do right now, just explore, and expand, and make music with other people."
"For so long I wanted to do everything myself. I wanted people to know I'm here because of what I did, and not because of a co-sign. Now that I'm here, I'm having so much fun working with people. My mixtape ['Macadelic'] is filled with ridiculous features, and it's just fun for me, so I think I gotta do more of that to just expand and grow as an artist," he said.
Mac will continue the domestic leg of his 'Macadelic Tour' through May 2012 before taking the show overseas.