The Internet has been abuzz with anticipation over J. Cole and Kanye West's chart battle on June 18—Cole even told Fuse that he's "not going to sit in Kanye's shadow." But Mac Miller, who releases his new album Watching Movies With the Sound Off the same day, isn't sweating his competition.
The Pittsburgh rapper's hopes for a second No. 1 (debut LP Blue Slide Park topped the Billboard 200 in late 2011) might have been squandered when both 'Ye and Cole announced their new records would drop on June 18. But he kept the date.
"Kanye announces his thing, and I'm like, 'Great. I put in all this work to be sh-t on by Kanye,'" the 21-year-old explains. "Then I thought, 'No, let me be confident in my music. This is an omen, there's a reason this is happening.'"
He adds, "It's become this really big day, which is exciting! Everyone's going to be in the stores and they're going to buy records again."
So is he intimidated? "Everyone's building this competition and I don't give a f-ck about the competition," he says. "I just want people to listen to the album. If this whole hype around the day is helping the promotion, then cool. Just make sure you include my name in there."