LOS ANGELES — Future has made his reputation on a distinct, auto-tuned trap sound, breaking out in 2011 with his underground hit "Tony Montana." But Mac Miller wanted to take the Astronaut Kid out of his comfort zone on the Pittsburgh MC's new LP, Live From Space.
There are no menacing synths or booming 808s on Mac and Future's collab, "Earth." Instead, the duo flow over a calming piano and jazzy horns, a real departure from Future hits like "Same Damn Time," "Turn on the Lights" and his current riot-starter "Sh--."
"I didn't want to go into Future's world to get on a Future record," Mac told MTV News when we caught up with him at his home studio in Studio City, California. "I wanted to hear him spit, I wanted to hear him rap — and he f---ing killed it."
Back in April, the two collaborated on the strip-club-themed "Hoes Go Crazy," but "Earth" is more of a love song that pays homage to the women that keep the rappers grounded. Mac is excited about the collaboration and while he prides himself on his rap bars, he will admit that Future got the best of him on this particular record.
"He sh-- on my verse," Miller said laughing. "That's the one verse where I will say Future sh-- on my verse. Killed me, killed me. It's bad too."
Mac's Live From Space was released on Tuesday and for the most part is a live album, comprised of show clips from his 2013 The Space Migration Tour, but with the last five tracks Miller gives fans some previously unreleased studio material, and that's where "Earth" comes in.
"I've been wanting to do a live album for a while. I think the music just happened," Mac said at the Sanctuary (a.k.a. his studio). "The best things happen organically."