[Interview] Mac Miller: "For A Lot Of People Me Being White Has Caused A Lot Of Problems"
Mac Miller has become one of the more polarizing figures in hip hop. Some love him, others hate him. However, the reason for some of the hate may be unwarranted as some still choose to place the race card when it comes to Miller’s success. It’s still awkward to the Blue Slide Park rapper that people still see skin color before anything else. Not to mention that he has caught flack from certain people giving him props that he would have never expected.
“For a lot of people me being white has caused a lot of problems,” Miller says in a sit down with TheWellVersed and 2DopeBoyz. “Donald Trump calling me the next Eminem was such a huge thing. I couldn’t believe it! I couldn’t believe how big of a deal that was.”
Trump, who isn’t known for his hip hop knowledge, opted to take to social media and heap heavy praise upon the young Pittsburgh emcee. Once word got out that Miller had Trump’s support and was likened to one of the top emcees in all of hip hop, the natural reaction for most hip hop heads was to distance themselves from Miller. After all, who wants to say that they share a favorite rapper with Donald Trump?
But Miller never asked for Trump’s praise nor does he put a lot of stock in the Eminem comparisons.
“When the f*ck has anyone cared what Donald Trump had to say?” Miller questions. “Man, it’s Donald Trump! All he’s saying is that I’m white and successful.”
While most got over the comparison, one rapper chose to speak out without solicitation against Miller. Last year, Detroit rapper Danny Brown took a potshot at Miller in Rolling Stone.
(Childish Gambino’s) album was pretty polarizing. How did you feel about it?
I listened to it. Hey, it’s better than Mac Miller’s. That’s my response. It’s better than Mac Miller’s. He’s the worst guy around. Don’t get me started. His album cover is like, ‘Ugh, what is this?’ He’s trying to be artistic, huh?
It is pretty abstract.
If I see him, I’m just going to have to apologize to him, like, ‘Man, I just want to apologize for hating you so much. Because I’m not going to stop. You’re probably a cool guy. I don’t feel violent in any way, but I really hate you. I hate your music, man.’ It’s just bad.
Miller was well aware of Brown’s words but didn’t necessarily hold a grudge. Instead, he figured that Brown just needed to familiarize himself with his music and he would eventually come around. He was right.
“Danny actually reached out, we chopped it up and he apologized,” the 20-year-old reveals. “Initially people just see me and shape it (however they want) but then they realize it’s just music.”