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4.0 out of 5 stars Well Rounded & Crafted Debut, November 13, 2011
This review is from: Blue Slide Park [Explicit] (Audio CD)
College frat-styled rappers come and go and tend to be popular for only a season. Asher Roth had some short-lived success with his massive single "I Love College" which peaked at #14 on the Billboard 100, not mention his album Asleep in the Bread Aisle peaking at #5 on the Billboard Album Charts. Sam Adams's EP/album Boston's Boy (Dig) made a little bit of noise, particularly with the Annie Lennox sampling "Drivin Me Crazy." Malcolm McCormick, aka Mac Miller seems to have more substance and a wider audience than either of his contemporaries. At the young age of 19, Miller has garnered millions of fans via his mixtapes and youtube videos, helping to set up his impressive full length Blue Slide Park up for instant success; the effort is expected to top the Billboard 200.

After the quasi-sung interlude "English Lane," Blue Slide Park gets off to a fast start with it old-school title track. Miller's flow is solid here, showcasing the 19-year old's charm and enthusiasm. While only two and half minutes, Miller `nails it' easily. "Party on Fifth Ave.," the follow-up single to "Frick Park Market" follows, further embodying the `old-school' sound with a tasteful use of synths and hard, pummeling drum programming. Again, Miller easily impresses, keeping the energy and momentum at nothing short of gargantuan. "PA Nights" wouldn't dare `break the chain' of hits, using nice chordal synths within the production work to give the track somewhat of an `airy' sound. "Frick Park Market," a brilliant choice of first single is as alluring as all else with a memorable if somewhat corny hook: "I'm gon' feed the world, you can put it on my tab...anything you need you can find it at the market..." Regardless, Miller's `larger than life personality' translates so well on Blue Slide Park that he makes up for any lyrical improprieties easily.

"Smile Back" features a nice array of synths to open the cut, then explodes into a dark, `street' track, for lack of better words. The minute Miller begins rapping, a huge surge of machismo is injected into the cut. As always, Miller possesses great agility as a rapper. "Under the Weather" has a pop/rock-reggae tinge. The hook is corny, but even at a shade less impressive than other cuts, "Under the Weather" still possesses `fire.' "Of the Soul" has more of a stream-of-consciousness feel and is less appealing - perhaps because Miller takes things a bit more seriously? "My Team" possesses a unique beat, but the first seven full-length cuts `smoke it.' The creative "Up All Night" arrives just in time, yielding one of the efforts most unique showings. The cut erupts into a punk-rock styled rap and only a jokester, big personality like Miller could make an odd-ball cut like this work. The track lacks substance, but continuing with Miller's `party-it-up-because-I'm-young' attitude, it is perfect.

"Loitering" has a darker timbre that contrasts the party vibe of "Up All Night," and manages to yield a catchy hook: "I'm way too old to be chillin' at the playground...." etc. After a brief interlude ("Hole in My Pocket"), Miller delivers solid, if somewhat less exceptional performances with "Diamond & Gold" and "Missed Calls," with the latter cut eclipsing the first. "Man in the Hat" once again injects Blue Slide Park with unrequited greatness, while "One Last Thing" is definitely an appropriate closer.

Overall, Blue Slide Park is an exceptional debut effort from the young MC. Well produced, well performed and with no outright filler, Blue Slide Park deserves the buzz and accolades that it is receiving. One of 2011's more interesting efforts for sure and definitely a boost to the indie-market.
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Initial post: Nov 16, 2011 2:29:11 PM PST
akain8033 says:
I hate being a corrector, but please don't compare Mac Miller to a college frat rapper just because he's white. He's from "the streets" more or less and I believe he dropped out of high school. He's a better rapper than at least 3/4 of what's out there regardless of race. #thumbsintheair

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 24, 2011 5:51:03 PM PST
David says:
I hate to be a corrector, but he did indeed graduate High school- although i agree with you both! He has amazing talent
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