We’re excited to hip you to the official cover for Mass Appeal Issue #53, featuring Mac Miller and ScHoolBoy Q, and shot by photographer, director and friend 13thWitness.
While the dynamic duo’s comedic relationship is well documented on various social media platforms, Mac and Q made a name for themselves by lyrically slugging it through the various divisions of the rap game in an effort to become hip hop heavyweights. In Issue #53, writer Frances Capell sits down with these jolly chaps to discuss how they met, and the grand visions they have for their future in music.
Mac Miller is stepping out of the shadow of his younger self. Initially dubbed EZ Mac, the Pittsburgh, PA, native released his first project, But My Mackin’ Ain’t Easy at age 15. In the years that followed, Miller accumulated loads of hype through a series of fun-loving mixtapes and dropped his momentous studio debut, Blue Slide Park, on Rostrum in 2011. On it, he raps about things most newly wealthy suburban teenagers would: girls, staying up late, getting even more famous, and raking in even more cash.
Blue Slide Park’s introspective follow-up, Watching Movies with the Sound Off, is miles away from its lighthearted, bombastic precursor. The expansive and revelatory album is punctuated by features from esteemed colleagues like Earl Sweatshirt, Action Bronson, and Ab-Soul. Even the elusive Jay Electronica supplies a verse. On one of the record’s raunchier efforts—the knocking, Chuck Inglish-produced “Gees,” Miller spits alongside his homie Schoolboy Q, who’s hopped a red-eye flight for our expedition through one of Queens’ more picturesque spots on this gorgeous late spring day.
Q: “He was a white boy that was getting punked on in LA, and he needed some help.”
M: “I was in the mall, and these dudes were pressing me. They said like Yo, you weak, you trash, and shit. Then Q came up like Yo, spit 16 [bars], and he was like, Ok, you nice.”
Q: “And he got a pass. I was like Man, this little white boy hard. I didn’t know it was him until I went to his big-ass crib, saw his house and all the homies was there. I put two and two together and I’m like Oh, that’s Mac Miller. That’s the little ni**a from Pittsburgh.”
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