With one of Mac Miller’s most beloved projects now finally on streaming, engineer Josh Berg revealed the late rapper didn’t want to sign with Roc-A-Fella.

In a feature from GQ breaking down the creative process behind Faces, often regarded as a major high point in Miller’s career, Berg said there were discussions for Mac to join the Roc-A-Fella family. 

“He didn’t sign to Roc-A-Fella because he was like, ‘I’m not gonna have it be that I needed the Jay-Z feature to get famous, for people to validate me and then people think it’s about that validation,’” said Berg.

All of Miller’s material before GO:OD AM was released either through independent record labels, or entirely free of labels. He and his REMember Music imprint signed to Warner Bros. Records in 2014, the same year Faces was released for free.