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Mac Miller Explains That Right Now Is The “Golden Age” In Hip-Hop

Miller added that part of the improved product can be attributed to inspiration turning into motivation.

“Watching Movies” rapper Mac Miller believes hip-hop is in a unique place right now. The Pittsburgh native, who recently released his debut live album, entitled Live From Space, opened up in a recent interview about why he’s throwing around hip-hop halos to today’s artists:

“Artists right now are making some of my favorite music in Hip Hop that’s ever been made,” Miller said in an interview with “I think that in many years this year will be looked back on as a very special time and there hasn’t been anything that as a movement has been as big as this since the quote-unquote Golden Age.”

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“Everyone’s albums are incredible and I think it’s because the bar gets raised and people just want to do something special,” Miller said. “No one wants to let anybody outdo them.”

The 21-year-old’s recently-releasedLive From Space project includes live cuts of his tracks from his latest studio album, Watching Movies with the Sound Off, and a few new tracks.

The live tracks were recorded with the help of The Internet’s Matt Martians and Syd tha kid at Miller’s Space Migration Tour from earlier this year. Features on the new tracks include Future and Syd & Thundercat.

Miller is also set to resume the construction of his joint EP with Pharrell Williams, Pink Slime, according to Rolling Stone.

The rappers previously hooked up in early 2012 for an EP they initially planned to release later that year. However, with Miller readying his sophomore studio album and Williams working on a ton of material himself, the collaboration was put on hold.

Now, Miller tells the music publication that the project is back on.

“We actually just talked a couple days ago,” he tells Rolling Stone. “I’m going to go see him [in Miami] and we’re going to finish it and put it out. Because the shit’s ill and people want it. We both had pretty wild years. We gotta do it!”

Miller anticipates Pink Slime will drop by the end of 2014, according to Rolling Stone:

“All we gotta do it sit down for a few days and knock out songs,” he says. Recording at Williams’ studio in Miami, he adds, is a reward in itself. “It’s refreshing,” Miller explains. “[In L.A.] I’m in this dungeon, my little cave that’s this weird-ass looking place that I just live in. And then to go to Miami, it’s just so nice to see natural light and a pool and happy things. It’s good.”