Music Review: Mac Miller – “Blue Slide Park”
By: Josue “Josh” Alvarez Mapp (a.k.a. DJ Mappquest)
“Blue Slide Park” was just released on November 8th. This has been a long time coming. Up until yesterday, most people only heard Mac Miller from his various mixtapes, such as “Best Day Ever” that came out earlier this year, “K.I.D.S.”, and “The Jukebox: Prelude to Class Clown.” If you haven’t heard those mixtapes, go look them up. Get on it now so you can school your friends who say, “Dude, have you heard this new guy named Mac Miller? He just came out and he’s dope.” And you’ll be like, “Bro, Mac Miller has been spittin’ since 2007. I heard his mixtapes, where were you?”
So if you haven’t figured it out yet, Mac Miller is a rapper. To bunch him with most other rappers would be way unfair, however. He’s a lot better then them? How? He has flows like Drake, but his songs and videos can be entertaining like Spose and Wallpaper. But that’s not to say that Mac Miller’s “Blue Slide Park” is pure jokes and fun. The album has depth and dimensions to it that makes it a good buy.
Overall I am happy with the album, but it isn’t my favorite album of all times. However, it is different and thus a great addition to a collection when you are looking for something different. Off this album, I especially love Party of Fifth Ave which makes me move and enjoy it very similar to an early song of Mac Miller called Donald Trump. Another good track is Smile Back.
Some of the more serious songs on the album that are worth a listening if you are looking for something “real” is “Diamonds & Gold,” “Of the Soul,” and “Hole In My Pocket.”
On a scale one 1 to 10, 10 being the best, I give this album about an 8’ish, give or take a few decimals. It is well worth the buy, hands down. But if you are picky about your music, or don’t have the $9.99 to blow, then go ahead and download a few (including my favorite, “Party on Fifth Ave”). With Mac Miller on the rise, the rap and hip hop scene is looking better already.
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