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Blue Slide Park (Album Review)
Released 8 November 2011
45:49 in length
1.) English Lane
2.) Blue Slide Park —— 3.5/5
3.) Party on Fifth Ave —— 2.75/5
4.) PA Nights —— 2.75/5
5.) Frick Park Market —— 3/5
6.) Smile Back —— 4/5
7.) Under the Weather —— 2.75/5
8.) Of the Soul —— 3.25/5
9.) My Team —— 3.25/5
10.) Up All Night —— 0/5
11.) Loitering —— 2.5/5
12.) Hole in My Pocket
13.) Diamonds and Gold —— 3.25/5
14.) Missed Calls —— 2.75/5
15.) Man in the Hat —— 2.75/5
16.) One Last Thing —— 3/5
Blue Slide Park opens with an intro track that Mac spits a few bars on, English Lane. There’s really nothing to report on this as it’s all of one minute and thirty-five seconds. I’m not rating this track.
And now we’re into the title track, Blue Slide Park . I actually liked the production, quite a bit. I found myself bobbing my head almost instantly. Mac rides the beat pretty well with one of the better flows he spits from the entire album. He’s got some comical lines here, “I’m nuttin’ in her mouth, you tongue kissin’ her after” and a line that I was admittedly a little impressed with, “It’s like I planted money seeds right underneath the fuckin’ tree” but then again, he also has some corny lines like, “We just tryna go bananas like it’s Donkey Kong” and “Creep in your kitchen, start eating your food”. < — Not so fly
Third track, Party on 5th Ave starts with an instantly recognize sample of The 45 King’s “The 900 Number”. Mac again, shows that he can flow. My biggest beef with this track is definitely the hook. It just oozes with white suburban flavor. But then again, Mac embraces that image extremely well, so it’s hard to hate it. Nonetheless, it’s not something I like and according to critics and other users, they don’t either. But once the track is over, I’m not sure what just happened – in a bad way. Nothing was standing out and if there was something I liked, the hook erased it.
On Blue Slide Park’s fourth track, we get the introspective PA Nights. Mac spits over a slowed down beat (compared to the previous “party” track) with some more personal lyrics. Mac does a good job at painting himself as a classic underdog, and on this song, Mac is insisting to the listeners that though he’s getting bigger, he’s not changing. “The type to change because of fame, I’m just not that guy/Still sippin’ on my 40 when the cops drive by” – however personal he may be getting, it’s still super cheesy. I have a hard time enjoying a song from someone under age that’s bragging about consuming alcohol. The beat is quite forgettable and yet again, another lame hook. Mac’s a little all over the place here, saying that he won’t change, saying that he’s living the good life and that he’s “thinkin’ ‘bout my people who was murdered in the Holocaust”.
When Frick Park Market starts, I was kind of excited to hear that electronic beat. I dug the first verse, Mac had quite the flow. And then the beat kind of trickled out after the chorus, which per usual, was awful. Again though, Mac has some nice lines here, I won’t deny him that, “Every time I rhyme I get that Punxsutawney feeling” but as always, Mac has shitty lines that reference his long nights and party lifestyle and this song reminds me way too much of “Donald Trump”
We’ve now reached my favorite track on the entire LP. Smile Back doesn’t boast one of the best hooks ever, but Mac’s flow is as inviting as ever. The beat does a wonderful job of backing up Mac’s content – which this time, addresses haters. And for the most part, Mac stays on point throughout the whole song, which is quite rare for him. My only problem with this one is that it’s too damn short. 2:44! That’s something that needs to be on a mixtape, not an album.
Mac starts going hard on cheesy beats. It’s just something that I’ve noticed. And that’s basically the premise for Under the Weather. As corny as this sounds, this beat makes me feel “under the weather”. For whatever reason, it’s depressing. The hook is miserable. I think its Mac trying to sing? I don’t know. But I just disliked the song. “I always do it big like Jewish nose”. Ugh. And this was the longest song? The only track over 4:21…
Of the Soul starts with Mac stating that this is the first time he wrote a song down on paper in quite a while and then lets us know that his hand writing is bad… Anyways… I liked the beat in the beginning and then as it developed, it just sounded like the beginning of “Donald Trump” repeated over and over, the piano I thought was a nice touch. The hook wasn’t bad actually. He’s still saying some of the most childish shit though, “At the amusement park scared of heights – ferris wheel/Double dare me to kill?”
The slow starting My Team begins with some lines that go with a flow so extremely close to Drake’s “The Motto” it’s scary. Much like the rest of the album, Mac shows off a nice flow with some comical lines but then goes right into the awful hook. “Chicken sandwiches and turquoise beads/Tattoo sleeve, pair of Levi jeans/Never get no sleep, you know all about me”. Yes Mac Miller, we know all about you. 4/5 songs that you make are all about you.
The worst motherfucking song on this album, Up All Night. If he didn’t curse in this song, it would be on the Disney Channel. Here Mac explains to us how fun life is, so enjoy it. And I enjoy it the most by never hearing this song again.
Yes, Loitering is about loitering. And yes, it’s just as cheesy as other Mac Miller songs. The beat really isn’t the worst thing I’ve heard, the hook (I think this is a pattern…?) is where the song takes a shit. “Shorty come and kick it at the swaaaaaaangs” The verses are just Mac bragging, the second is just Mac boasting about sex.
Something about Diamonds and Gold doesn’t sound like the rest of the album, and it’s refreshing. Oh! It’s because the song isn’t about Mac Miller. The beat definitely fits in with the rest of the album; the subject matter is certainly different. Mac says that this song was about a girl that’s a boss that can’t find love because of that fact… The hook, better than most of Mac’s, is still not great. The new subject matter for Mac may have been the reason that he didn’t have the usual comical lines
Missed Calls has a beat that sounds like it was lifted straight off of a Super Nintendo game. Is this a love song? Whatever it is, at this point in the album, I’m just about done. I don’t know that I can handle anymore cheesy shit. He manages to put some decent flow onto words that don’t mean shit. And the hook sucks too. This is hardly a rap song.
I’m glad that Mac didn’t end the album with more songs that were hardly rap. He shows off one of his better flows here, Man in the Hat. The beat is nothing that I want to hear and when it comes down to the hook, it’s more of the same shit. I’m not sure how people love this guy. But to be fair, hating him isn’t necessarily fair either. He’s so mediocre that it drives me crazy. Now clap your hands!
The final song! One Last Thing starts off with the signs of a big production. But then it remains chill. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it almost sounds like something that could be off of Drake’s Thank Me Later. The beat actually changes up around the two minute mark, and it’s for the better. I started getting into the song more at that point. There’s no cheesy hook here to harp on, as the song is just one long flow. As far as lyrics, it’s more of the same shit. Opening line: “Everybody wanna ask where I came from/Young kid who bang drums, money don’t you worry, I’mma make some”. He does a good job with his flows; I can’t take that away from him, but Mac… How can anyone not know where you’re from? You are the subject of 99% of all of your songs.
Now don’t get me wrong, I really do enjoy that Mac is doing his thing. I really like that he reps his own city constantly – that’s a very respectable trait to me. It’s also obvious, through his lyrics and his music videos that he’s having the time of his life right now. But as far as the quality of music that Blue Slide Park offers, it’s quite the bore. The whole thing just kind of blends together as one forgettable body of work. I understand why kids in high school get into this guy, but just know, appealing to high school kids is only going to get you so far. Mac Miller does tote around the ability to flow, but the subject matter that he writes/raps about is just dumb. I wouldn’t put it past him to have a song about the French bread pizza he made for lunch, you know? Another great aspect of Blue Slide Park is that Mac didn’t feature any artists on any of the tracks, which is hard to do, especially on a debut LP. I was also a little surprised to see how short all of these songs were on the album. There’s only one track that’s over 3:30 in length (which is the radio single average), and that’s “Under the Weather.” The overall production isn’t bad but it’s forgettable; I could bob my head to quite a few of the beats, but I can find plenty of other albums to do that to. One thing that I would like to mention is AllMusic’s review of Blue Slide Park, they gave it an overall 4/5 and said, “… think Eminem without spite or baggage and you’ve got Miller in a nutshell.” The only thing Mac Miller and Eminem have in common is their skin color. I’m not even that big of an Eminem fan and I find that quote offensive. Mac Miller isn’t close to being as talented as Eminem, and I think making the comparison is beyond ignorant. I would like to thank jheck.
Final ratings: 39.5/70 = 56% =
Definitely another great review from the legendary reviewer 6x. Agree with almost all points. The album is too poppy for me, I’d give it a 2/5…at best.
Excellent review, as usual, 6x. Props on the formatting, as well.
Aside from that, fuck Mac Miller. His dick doesn’t deserve to be ridden.
However, that an independent artist could achieve those first week sales is impressive. If only a more worthy indie album would’ve gotten those numbers.
Music critics will compare anything to Em if it’s white enough. I could send dick pics to Rolling Stone and it would get compared to him
brb, gotta masturbate to this
^just type with the other hand brah. no need to leave
Hey man. FUCK YOU I put a lot of work into this album. Nobody recognizes real music anymore…
Nappy, I can tell you were on your grind. Keep your head up b, haters gonna hate.
btw someone tell Miller it’s not loitering if you’re in a fucking park
All serious you should review Los’s new mixtape.
You have really good reviews and I’d just be curious what you think of him/the tape if you really sat down and gave it a spin all grudges aside, etc
I love Mac, I’m a huge fan…KIDS and Best Day Ever were amazing albums. But this album was pretty bad. I’d say 2/5.
Anybody like the album?
^ask any white kid under voting age