Hot Shit of the Minute: Mac Miller’s Blue Slide Park

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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