Review: Mac Miller’s Blue Side Park

Anna Wonderlich, Co-Editor

170,000 albums sold.
No, this was not Justin Bieber’s Christmas CD, Under the Mistletoe.
It wasn’t Drake’s newest album Take Care, either.
It was actually Mac Miller’s new album Blue Slide Park, which was released on Nov. 8.
According to Billboard.com, 170,000 was the number of copies sold as of Nov. 20.
Now it’s been almost a month since the release of his album and listeners continue to buy it.
So what’s so special about Mac Miller?
Well, in just three years this 19-year-old made a name for himself and gained popularity among many hip-hop and rap fans everywhere –– all without a record deal. In fact, Mac Miller received over 41,000 pre-orders of Blue Slide Park.
I’d say these are some pretty impressive accomplishments.
Up until the time I heard “Party on Fifth Ave.,” one of the most popular songs on his new album, I wasn’t a Mac Miller fan.
After hearing “Party on Fifth Ave.,” I had liked the song so much that I bought the rest of Blue Slide Park, which I enjoyed just as much.
This album includes 16 songs total –– mostly upbeat and quick tempo songs with a few slower ones mixed in as well.
One thing I like about Mac Miller is I can actually understand what he’s saying while he raps, unlike many other rappers.
Although he doesn’t repeat the same lyrics over and over, the beats and background instruments all start to sound the same after a while. At the beginning of almost every song it starts with him just talking, which I think can get annoying.
A lot of adults, my parents included, believe that rap and hip-hop music don’t have any meaning, but Blue Slide Park actually contains songs that do have a deeper meaning.
In “My Team,” Mac Miller is giving thanks to the people he’s worked with for believing in him and helping him get to where he is today.
Anyone who has ever been in a long-distance relationship could relate to “Missed Calls,” because it’s about a couple who’s struggling to make their relationship work while following their own dreams.
“PA Nights” is about when he goes back to his hometown, Pittsburgh, and realizes how amazing it is that he’s been able to travel all over and see all these different places ever since he’s become famous.
The only thing I don’t really like about Blue Slide Park is how Mac Miller sings during the refrains of two slower songs, “Under the Weather” and “Missed Calls” –– his actual singing isn’t the greatest, so he should have just stuck to rapping.
My favorite tracks are “Smile Back,” “Man in the Hat,” “My Team” and “Party on Fifth Ave.” because of the clever lyrics, fast-paced beats and the music in general.
Although this album is definitely not lacking in profanity, there’s always the clean version.
Overall, Blue Slide Park is the type of music that I want to play while driving around with the bass cranked.
If you like artists such as Eminem, Kid Cudi, Wiz Khalifa or Lupe Fiasco, I strongly recommend you give this album a listen –– you won’t regret it.
To buy Blue Slide Park, it can be found on iTunes, Amazon.com or in stores.