Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mac Miller Finds Reality Show an Adventure

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mac Miller Finds Reality Show an Adventure

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Mac Miller will be the first to tell you that his MTV2 reality show "Mac Miller and The Most Dope Family" reflects a kind of hyperreality.

Sure, it has him goofing around with his entourage and touring Europe with Lil Wayne, but under normal circumstances, you wouldn't find him climbing into a shark cage, flying around on a dune buggy or engaging in other "Fear Factor"-type stunts. After all, he's a serious-minded hip-hop artist, not a member of "Jackass."

"You know, I've kind of been living in this stay inside of a room and work [mode]," the 22-year-old rapper says in a phone interview from Los Angeles, "and I've just kind of lived inside of creation and just making music and experimental music. This show was one of the only things I left the room to do."

The Point Breeze native said he made a rather feeble pitch for the show about being holed up in the studio. "I tried to convince them: What if we just make the show me just ... and they were like 'No.' "

So, "Most Dope Family" has him about "150 million percent" more adventurous than his normal self.

Of special interest to Pittsburghers is the second episode of season two (11:30 tonight) in which he stages a homecoming at his old school and receives the key to the city from Pittsburgh City Council.

What do you do with a key to the city?

"Whenever I'm in Pittsburgh," he says, "I keep it in my backseat, so if anyone pulls me over, I just show them the key."

More seriously, he says, "We did the ceremony at Allderdice. We were going to do it at PNC Park, but we couldn't get that done. It ended up being better because it was much more personal. It was an amazing moment to see the city supports and loves me.

"Pittsburgh," he adds, "is probably the only place I feel comfortable just walking around."

Miller, of course, is an international star who began releasing music when he was 15 and created a grass-roots following with such playful early singles as "Nikes on My Feet" and "Kool Aid & Frozen Pizza." He topped the Billboard charts in 2011 with the album "Blue Slide Park" and followed that last year with the more acclaimed "Watching Movies With the Sound Off," taking a deeper introspective and experimental approach, without the catchy singles like "Donald Trump" and "Party on Fifth Ave. …

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