When Mac Miller announced a week ago that he has four albums done, I figured he had something up his sleeve for 2014. Now, with the announcement via MTV News that he has parted ways with independent label Rostrum Records, it’s clear, Mac has very big plans for 2014.
Mac’s decision to leave Rostrum appears to be on good terms after the contract they originally signed expired. Both parties released a joint statement, affirming their good standing with each other.
“Rostrum is my family. That is forever,” Miller said in an exclusive joint statement issued to MTV News on Tuesday (January 14). “No matter what, we will always work together. We moved mountains and I can only see them continuing that tradition. I am grateful for everything I learned and am always here for whatever.”
“Mac is an incredible artist and has a bright career ahead of him,” Rostrum Records Founder and President Benjy Grinberg said. “We are proud of the historic run that we had together and we will continue to support him in any way that is needed. We wish him nothing but the best in the future.”
And, like that, Miller’s a hot commodity and instantly becomes rap’s biggest free agent. He’s a chart-topper who has crossed over into the pop world by assisting the Nickelodeon-bred Ariana Grande on a top 10 hit and also holds a proven track record for touring not only the country but the world successfully. If he sees fit, there will be a bidding war, and every record label with a pulse will be vying for the services of the lucrative Pittsburgh rapper.
What he chooses to do with his newfound freedom is anybody’s guess. Mac has already shown that he can succeed as an independent artist, becoming the first indie artist to debut at number one album since Tha Dogg Pound in 1995 when he dropped Blue Slide Park in 2011. With his history, he may choose to go out on his own, sans a major label and cut out the middle man.
If he chooses a major, this could be the year that vaults his stardom and visibility to Drakeian levels, and if Miller stays indie, maybe even starting his own label, he could still make 2013 look light in comparison. And that’s not to say that Mac is struggling for cash. He made the Forbes “Cash Kings” list two years in a row, bringing in a total of $12.5 million, according to Forbes.
Either way, in 2014 there’s a good chance you will be hearing, and seeing Mac Miller’s face and voice a lot.