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Working With Mac Miller and Stolen Youth

Vince Staples: "I met Mac Miller when Earl came back because Earl was trying to give him some beats for his album. I introduced myself and he asked why I don't rap like that, and I told him, 'I don't get beats like that.' He told me he made some beats and that I should come over to make some shit. So we did, and that was that. The project had been done for a minute, but we were just trying to put it out around a tour.

 

A lot of what happens at Mac's studio is organic. The TDE artists are up there. Mac's artists are there a lot. There's actually a lot of people at Mac's house, Big Pooh, Michael Rapaport, some pop stars. I met Macklemore at Mac's house.

 

"It was really a joint project. After making the beats it was like, 'I like this one.' 'Alright, rap on it.' Boom, we got a song. And we did that until we had 10 of them. Putting too much crazy thought into my shit is how you fuck it up.

"Mac's the homie. He's one of my closest friends. I don't have a lot of friend, so it's funny that I met him last and that's become one of my best friends within in music.

"Everybody comes from the same type of shit. He's just from the other side of the county, Pittsburgh, but everybody goes through the same shit. Everybody thinks he's privileged, which is funny to me after getting to know him. He's not that type of nigga at all. He's a real person. No gimmicks or nothing.

"A lot of people just record at Mac's studio because that's the homie. You can hang out with your friends and record a song, what's better than that? I record other places but there are a certain number of people who come to Mac's. A lot of what happens at Mac's studio is organic. The TDE niggas are up there. Mac's artists are there a lot. There's actually a lot of people at Mac's house, like Big Pooh, Michael Rapaport, and some pop stars. I met Macklemore at Mac's house. The craziest person I've met there is Jimmy, Mac's homie. He jumped off the roof into the pool for no reason, and he did it again today."

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