The creative process varies from artist to artist, but for Mac Miller, one of the necessary steps for completing his highly anticipated sophomore LP, Watching Movies With the Sound Off, was skipping mundane grooming tasks like shaving. Now that the star of the new MTV2 reality series "Mac Miller and the Most Dope Family" is clean-shaven again, it can only mean one thing: The follow-up to his Billboard-charting debut, Blue Slide Park, is finally done.
"In the next few weeks, I'ma start dropping videos," Mac told Sway Calloway on Wednesday when he appeared on "RapFix Live" via Skype. "I've been locked in this dungeon in California in my house working on this project, and it's finally ready. This is the first time I'm somewhat clean-shaven in like a year and a half. I've had like a gigantic beard and when you grow your beard out all crazy, people think you're insane. That's what's been happening to me, and now I'm clean-shaven. I look like a regular person. But I'm really happy about this album."
The Macadelic MC didn't reveal song titles or guest features for Watching Movies, but he did explain how he's grown artistically since his first offering moved a record-setting 144,000 units independently in its first week.
"I think that it's really what's going on right now," Mac said. "Blue Slide Park, the album was kind of about growing up in Pittsburgh and just about that feeling and [Watching Movies] is just what's going on in my head right now, after the time I've spent doing what I'm doing. It's got some stuff on there that I think, if you like to listen to some music that will make you think, it might do the trick."
After mentioning that Stephen "Thundercat" Bruner, the bass guitarist who played sideman for Suicidal Tendencies and Snoop Lion, laid down a mean outro for the project, the Steel City rapper revealed that this time out, he chose to ignore the temptation of making a hip-hop album based solely on bangers.
"Me and Diplo did something crazy 'cause I had to have some high energy on there, but for the most part, the album is very, it's more cerebral," Mac said. "I think I've always wanted to do a very chilled-out project, and I always tend to feel nervous. 'But I gotta throw the bangers on there so everyone can have something to jam to.' With this one, I was like, 'Nah, I'm just gonna make some chill music that people can just sit and listen to in their headphones by themselves and go to sleep to or something like that.' "