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"Be Human": Mac Miller's Important Advice for Khalid on the Value of Self-Care

If anyone is in the position to offer up advice on the value of self-care, it's Mac Miller.

Billboard recently sat down with potential Best New Artist nominee Khalid, whose terrific debut album, American Teen, was just certified Platinum by the RIAA earlier this week.

In addition to talking about who he'd bring to the GRAMMYs as his plus-one (either his mother or his best friend Carlos), the artist he's rooting for at next year's ceremony (Kendrick) and adjusting to fame ("It's overwhelming."), Khalid was asked to share the best advice he's ever received from a fellow artist.

"I recently had a conversation with Mac Miller, and he told me I can’t make everyone happy," Khalid told Billboard. "Sometimes I do need time for myself. I need time to be human and not let all these distractions and all the outside [parts] of my life right now [prevent] me from doing everything that I was doing normally."



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If anyone is in the position to offer up advice on the value of self-care, it's Mac Miller. Following the release of his 2011 debut album, Blue Slide Park, the Pittsburgh native turned to promethazine to help cope with criticism. "I was doing a lot of drugs around that time, which is another difference now: I’m not doing as many drugs. It just eats at your mind, doing drugs every single day, every second. It’s rough on your body," Miller toldBillboard in 2015.

Miller admits he isn't completely sober today, but his brush with self-destruction forced him to wake up and, as he told Khalid, make more time for himself. 

For a deeper look into Miller's drug addiction and recovery, The FADER's 2016 documentary, Stopped Making Excused, is as sobering a 12-minute watch as you'll find on YouTube. 


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