NEW YORK — Underground-turned-chart topping MC Mac Miller was treated quite nicely by 2011, and he ended the year on a high note when he served up a performance of "Party on Fifth Ave" during MTV's "NYE in NYC 2012" on Saturday night.
To re-create the tune's '80s-inspired clip, Miller arrived on set with high energy and never ceased his interaction with the audience. Dressed in a vintage jacket, tuxedo shirt and backward cap, the Pittsburgh rapper bounced alongside his crew of appropriately dressed friends and dancers in front of the audience as he spit the DJ Mark the 45 King-sampling tune.
"There's a party on Fifth Ave., hit me if you try'n a go/ I can be there in like 20/ I'mma honk it and come runnin', 'cause we gotta hit the road/ Make you sure you got a clean shirt, clean pants, new shoes/ Or just hitch a ride there, you choose," he rapped in front of the jumping crowd.
MTV News spoke with the MC backstage during the event, where he shared his thoughts on the big night. "It's funny because, in the moment, it just feels like another day at work," the MC told us. "This is what I do for a living. But then, in actuality, stepping back and thinking about it, performing live on MTV for the News Year's Eve with millions of people watching is pretty crazy."
Asked why he chose to recreate the clip, Miller explained, "I just think it's a funny video, and I wanted to do something more than just stand up there and rap or something. We wanted to do something funky, and I wanted to keep all my homeys involved — get their faces on national TV."
Mac wasn't the only performer to rock out until 2012 as Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, J. Cole and Jason Derülo also performed during the all-star Times Square event.
Miller's performance of "Fifth Ave" ends a rather eventful year for the rapper, during which he topped the Billboard albums chart
with his debut album, Blue Slide Park
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