After releasing two successful albums, completely independent, Mac Miller signed a major label deal with Warner Bros. Records in late October… for a reported $10 million.
Since the signing, the Pittsburgh rapper has been tight-lipped about the deal, but broke his silence in a recent interview with The FADER… explaining why signed the deal and what a major label can offer him versus being independent.
“I don’t want to exist solely on the Internet,” said the rapper. “I think what it was for me was [it was] time to take the next step and experience what that’s like and what it is and what’s going to happen. Doing it on the independent level and taking it as far as we did is amazing… I think it just makes sense for where I’m at right now [and] where I could possibly go.”
When an artist goes the major label route, fans sometimes worry that the music will change because the label begins to offer its input. However, Mac says he’s retained creative control — something important to both him and the fans.
“I’m trying to not let [the deal] factor in,” he explained. “I’ve held on and been independent and done my own thing long enough that they trust me and are going to let me make what I want to make. I think that the second I let that affect the creation, it’s horrible.”
Via the deal, Mac Miller will not only release his own music, but also “sign and develop new artists” through REMember/Warner Bros. Records.