Pharrell Discussed Workin With Mac Miller On the “Pink Slime” EP.
The most loyal Mac Miller fans know all about Pink Slime, the project that never saw the light of day. Pink Slime was the collaborative EP between Mac and Pharrell that the two teased back in 2012. It’s likely packed away on an anonymous hard drive somewhere and we don’t have it, so it sucks to even talk about it. Although, we did get records like “Onaroll” and “Glow”, that found their way to the internet. Unfortunately, Mac and Pharrell’s busy schedules lead to the project being abandoned. In 2013, when Rolling Stone asked Miller about Pink Slime‘s status, he sounded enthusiastic about the project and its release. “[Pharrell and I] actually just talked a couple of days ago. 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!”
Craig Jenkins at Vulture recently asked Pharrell what it was like working with Mac Miller during those Pink Slime sessions. Pharrell gave an honest and thoughtful response regarding how Mac was and how at times Mac felt unrecognized for his work as an artist.
“I just remember him being a fan of music and wanting to go deeper and challenge himself. He was really independent in the rap game, but he liked Tribe and all the jazzy shit, and he liked a lot of the stuff we did that’s jazz-influenced, rap records that had those kinds of colors and chords. And he wanted to know more about it. He wanted people to know that there was way more to him than his indie-rap success. He wanted people to know the layers and the depth of his potential. But I would always tell him, ‘Who cares that they know? Why is it not an amazing gift that you know this about yourself so much so that you do these things?’ And that was the question he could never answer. It was the question I don’t think he was gonna be able to answer. He was so focused on that quest that he really didn’t have time to answer. He wanted people to know and I think people knew, but there was no way of saying it in a really unified, loud way that would make him go, ‘Oh, okay, so you guys get who I am. Okay, cool, great.’ The albums did well. It’s not like they weren’t telling him then, but I don’t know if he was ever gonna hear it.”