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Mike Will Made It Looks Beyond ’23’

After a big 2013, the Atlanta-based producer talks about his upcoming projects

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Mike Will Made It has enjoyed a stratospheric 2013, thanks in part to his single “23,” which featured a timely guest vocal from Miley Cyrus. The song rose to No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has seen similar success world-wide. Speaking to Rolling Stone, Mike Will says he’ll be rounding the year out with a new Future-hosted mixtape this December called #MikeWiLLBeenTriLL. “I feel like me and him have a good wave going on right now,” he says, while also adding that the tape will include an exclusive remix to Future’s recent hit “Sh!t.” “This is a chance for people to hear dope songs from other artists that I’ve been involved in. I’m gonna have the records that I have in the street like Jay Z, and probably new stuff from Young Jeezy and Future.”

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After the mixtape drops, Mike Will’s creative focus will shift to executive producing Future’s 2014 album Honest, while also completing his own semi-instrumental EP #FuckVerses and his debut studio long-player, Est. In 1989 Pt. 3 (The Album), also due out next year. 

Mike Will Made It has been enjoying his position as hip-hop’s newest super-producer, but he still wants to broaden his pool of collaborators. “I want to work with Miley again,” he says. “I want to have Future on there, even people like Adele and R. Kelly and Lady Gaga. I want to come with different things from my album. I don’t want people guessing what my album sounds like.”

“I feel like “23” set the tone,” he continues. “It’s real different, but at the same time it was just good. It’s not by force, it’s more an organic thing ’cause I don’t really like the whole genre thing — I feel like the new generation that’s liking music, it doesn’t even matter if you’re white, black, Spanish, Asian, whatever, everyone can just know if it’s hot then it’s hot, and if it’s cool then it’s cool.”

While Est. In 1989 Pt. 3 (The Album) doesn’t have a confirmed release date yet, Mike says that he’s content to wait until the climate is right to release it. “I’m not really the type that likes to put out a project just to say I’ve put it out — I like to make them count,” he vows. “I don’t want to put out my album unless it’s a moment like when Dr. Dre dropped The Chronic. People have been recording mixtapes off of Dre’s instrumentals and I want to do the same thing and make sure it’s a moment in time. I want to make sure my album’s perfect and that when it comes out it’s a moment.”


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