8.11.2015

Mac Miller Talks Drug Use, New Album, & Warner Bros. Deal on ‘The Breakfast Club’

Mac Miller went on air with Power 105’s notorious “Breakfast Club” this morning. During his sit-down with Charlamagne Tha God, DJ Envy, and Angela Yee, the Pittsburgh rapper opened up about a variety of topics that have been attached to his name for the last few months.

Right off the bat, Charlamagne addressed the rumors about his recent battles with drugs, and asked if he’d gotten himself clean. He mentioned that he’d sent Mac a text a while back to check up on him. Mac explained that he had, in fact, battled drugs and gotten clean, but he didn’t go to rehab.

He also touched on his reported $10 million deal (“It’s something around there”) with Warner Bros. Records and his major-label debut GO:OD AM, due Sept. 18. Last week, he dropped a video for the single “100 Grandkids.”

Check out highlights from the 30-minute interview, which covered everything from drug use to race issues.

On his drug use: “I had a little battle. I was having a good time, but it was time to clean my act up and get back to work, accept my responsibilities, and who I am, and what I gotta do.”

On coming back to work after signing a reported $10 million deal: “I got a nice little chunk of change… There’s a lot of space [in L.A.]… I got to this space where I didn’t feel like I had to bring any money in. I was just recording. And then I realized I can’t put anything out, and I ran out of money—Scott Storched myself—so then I realized it was time to come back.”

On being a white rapper: “It’s a touchy subject, especially with everything else going on in the world. White rappers don’t look like the tightest people when there’s all this horrible stuff going on in the world.”

On how he feels about speaking on race: “When I was younger—19 to 22—I didn’t really speak on race, because my whole idea was like—I was probably just scared of it really—I just wanna make music. But I did a bunch of interviews about being a white rapper, and you can’t be uncomfortable to talk about it.”

On moving to NYC: “I have a spot in L.A. and a spot in New York with my girl. It’s not wild all the time. My dad told me, ‘I was watching this David Bowie documentary and he was doing a lot of coke. Then he got a really nice apartment and just hung out and lived,’ and I was like, ‘Yeah, dad.’ So I moved to New York, switched up my environment.”