Mac Miller talks sports, new MTV2 show
February, 26, 2013
By Lynn Hoppes | ESPN.com
Rapper Mac Miller brought his Pittsburgh posse out to Los Angeles to film his new MTV2 reality series, "Mac Miller and The Most Dope Family," in a six-part special, and he's already making friends.
"Our neighbors hate us!" Miller said.
That's no doubt when you're a 21-year-old partyer. You have half-naked girls running around the neighborhood. And you and your buddies are playing golf off the mansion's rooftop.
"I saw this car driving up the hill. With my pitching wedge, I aimed and hit the ball," Miller said. "The ball landed right on top of the roof. That's how you do it."
Playbook had a few minutes with Miller to talk about the move to Los Angeles, his crew and his new show, which debuts tonight at 11:30 on MTV2.
What's the weather out there?
"It's cold. It's chilly."
Wait. What? It's probably 60 degrees. You're from Pittsburgh!
"You know how it is. When you move to a warm climate, your blood thins and you adapt. I'm cold, man."
So what's it like out there?
"I like it, dude. It's one of the best decisions of my life to be out here. It's really this journey to think creatively and start taking control of everything. I have a place to call my own. It's almost like starting over."
But you didn't want to start alone. You wanted to bring your buddies, Peanut, Quentin, Jimmy and Dave.
"I told MTV that if I was going to do this, my homeys would be with me. They go everywhere I go. It was only right."
What was it like having all those cameras in your face?
"At the beginning it was stressful. But you kind of get more comfortable with the cameras there all the time. It ended up being an awesome thing and I'm happy with the way it turned out."
What was the biggest adjustment?
"It's been a positive adjustment, not a negative adjustment. I love spending my time in this house working with these artists and with my friends. That's the only adjustment, really."
Still miss Pittsburgh?
"Of course. Pittsburgh is an amazing place. Every piece of my heart is about Pittsburgh. But I had to get out of there for a little bit. It's an incredible place and now I can go back and work and it's like going home."
Have you been able to keep up with your Pittsburgh sports?
"With today's technology, I can watch pretty much everything on TV. Pittsburgh is everywhere, man. Haven't you seen that so many movies are filmed in Pittsburgh?"
Have you gotten into the Los Angeles sports scene?
"Pittsburgh doesn't have a basketball team so I thought about rooting for the Lakers. But I decided to just watch the teams play and not pick a favorite team. I figure that Pittsburgh is my squad, no matter the sport."
Speaking of basketball, have you been playing any out there?
"Dude, I'm going to tell you the truth. I haven't been hooping for a while. I keep working on my music. It's a problem. I am supposed to be hooping soon. I know that people here aren't going to hoop like people from Pittsburgh."
Yeah, you're still working on your sophomore album, "Watching Movies with the Sound Off." What's it been like?
"I have all these creative juices. It's like I was living my life in this one house and never went into this one room. Now I went into that room and I don't want to leave."
What does the future hold?
"Everything will just be expanding. I'm really enjoying it lately. In the next few years, I'm going to be growing in different outlets. Who knows? You might see me starring on Broadway."