Mac Miller Leaves 2011 In Rearview As He Preps Three New Projects For 2012

(AllHipHop News)Debuting at #1 on the charts last fall was no small feat for Mac Miller and his independently released debut album, Blue Slide Park, which dropped via Rostrum Records. Mac Miller entered the record books for being the first independent artist since Tha Dogg Pound to debut at #1 in over a decade and this year, he's planning to top himself with the release of not one, not two, but three full-length projects for his fans.

The Pittsburgh MC, who has big expectations for himself, spoke to Billboardrecently about his slate of new projects that he intends to drop before the end of the calendar year. "I'm doing three collaborative projects before the end of this year. One is coming out soon, I can't tell you [about them] but they're all crazy, they're all really dope," Mac said. "I think that's just what I need to do right now, just explore, and expand, and make music with other people."

"For so long I wanted to do everything myself." He continued, "I wanted people to know I'm here because of what I did, and not because of a co-sign. Now that I'm here, I'm having so much fun working with people. My mixtape [Macadelic] is filled with ridiculous features, and it's just fun for me, so I think I gotta do more of that to just expand and grow as an artist."

After a successful 2011, Mac, who is currently on tour, dropped the well-praised mixtape Macadelic last month which showcased the 20-year-old's lyrical growth and featured the likes of Juicy J, Lil Wayne, Casey Veggies, Sir Michael Rocks and Kendrick Lamar. "Macadelic is where I'm at right now. I think that's what's great about the mixtape game, it's from the artist. Just from me to you. We made it, we mixed it, and we put it out the next day, so it's real raw. That's just how I love my music. If I didn't have mixtapes, I don't think people would've known who I was."

Mac also spoke briefly on the follow-up to Blue Slide Park and said, "It's really just working and figuring not only how I can do that again, but do better than that."

You can catch Mac Miller at one of 15 remaining cities near you on his currently-running "Macadelic Tour" before he heads overseas for the next leg of his "Blue Slide Park Tour."