Pittsburgh native Mac Miller dropped Blue Slide Park earlier this month (specifically on November 8, 2011); the album’s namesake – a section of Pittsburgh’s Frick Park. Miller is now a part of Pittsburgh’s growing musical output that includes Wiz Khalifa (both of which are on independent label Rostrum Records) and Girl Talk.
Blue Slide Park started strong in its release, debuting at #1 on the US Billboard 200 chart. With this achievement, Blue Slide Park became the first independent-label debut (studio) album to hit #1 since Tha Dogg Pound’s Dogg Food (1995).
The album’s released-and-pimped singles, “Frick Park Market” and “Up All Night” are in a completely different, marketable/poppy vein compared to tracks like “Diamonds and Gold”, “Of the Soul”, and “Blue Slide Park”. Better beats, hooks, and rhymes deeper in the line-up show a range to Mac Miller that isn’t readily perceptible in the more widely publicized/played tracks.
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