When former "Victorious" star Ariana Grande decided to record the delightful piece of ear candy called "The Way," she recruited the lyrical prowess of Pittsburgh MC Mac Miller. What the duo created is an easy, breezy ditty about the joys of young love.
But if you think that any of their musical chemistry may have something to do with a real-life love affair, then you'd better think again.
The rapper explained to MTV News that they might be serious about each other on the track (they even exchanged a smooch in the clip), but in the real world, they are strictly platonic.
"That's the homey. She's got a boyfriend and everything. Obviously, that [kiss] made everyone talk. I didn't even know that was going to happen and then we were shooting and the director was like 'This should happen' and I'm like 'Alright.' When I went back to my old school, elementary, middle school, the other day when I was in Pittsburgh, and everyone was freaking out like 'You kissed Ariana Grande.' I was like 'Yeah, you know how I do,' " he joked.
"The Way" is the lead single off Grande's forthcoming debut album Daydreamin', and in addition to asking Mac to rhyme on it, the tune also features a sample of Big Pun's classic 1998 release "Still Not a Player." They were all the right ingredients to make the magic happen.
"Well she's a very, very talented singer, like she can sing incredibly. And, that's awesome and she's a great person. She's one of the nicest just people I've ever met in my life. But, you know, that song like we did work on the studio, like other work, that was like as far as the experience was more of an experience, like her coming to my cave, the sanctuary, the sacred studio, and making the song from scratch. After we did that and those were the really awesome experiences, this song was one she had played me," he said, saying she was looking for someone to jump on her first single.
He continued, "So it's kind of like the music that we made was why that happened. That was the chemistry and that's where the experience happened and that's why it made sense to do that song."
And any other singers looking for a rapper to feature on their track, Mac is down. "It was tight. I'm down to do the ill R&B features. Radio's a scary thing for me. It's dope to be on there. That song's actually big, dude. It's dope to be on a big song," he said.