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Blue Slide Park is the debut studio album by American rapper Mac Miller. It was released on November 8, 2011, by Rostrum Records.[2][3] In July 2011, the title was announced, having been named after a section of Frick Park (which is known as Blue Slide Park) in Pittsburgh. The park section is at the corner of Beechwood Blvd and Nicholson Street, which is just two blocks from Taylor Allderdice High School where Miller attended. The album cover was designed by his older brother Miller McCormick and Redtape Design.

Blue Slide Park
Mac Miller - Blue Slide Park - Album Cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 8, 2011[1]
Recorded2010–11
Rostrum Records Studio
I.D. Labs Studio
(Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania)
GenreHip hop
Length45:49
LabelRostrum
Producer
Mac Miller chronology
I Love Life, Thank You
(2011)
Blue Slide Park
(2011)
Macadelic
(2012)
Singles from Blue Slide Park
  1. "Frick Park Market"
    Released: August 18, 2011
  2. "Party on Fifth Ave."
    Released: October 28, 2011
  3. "Up All Night"
    Released: December 13, 2011
  4. "Missed Calls"
    Released: June 22, 2012

Contents

PromotionEdit

On July 5, 2011, Mac Miller announced the name of Blue Slide Park on his YouTube page. On August 22, Miller announced via Twitter that the first single, "Frick Park Market", would be released on August 18 along with a music video. Since the video's release, it has reached over 22 million views.[4] The song has also debuted at number 60 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[5] Miller announced there will be no guest appearances on the album. "Smile Back" was released on September 23.[6] The title track, "Blue Slide Park", was released October 13. Miller had said the track would be released once he received 25,000 pre-orders, which occurred that same day.[7] On October 21, Miller held a private album listening session for NYC journalists, receiving positive reviews.[8]

SinglesEdit

The album's first single, "Frick Park Market", was produced by I.D. Labs, and released on August 18, 2011. The song peaked at number 60 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. At the time, it was Miller's highest charting single, surpassing "Donald Trump", which charted at number 75.

The album's second single, "Party on Fifth Ave.", also produced by I.D. Labs, was released on October 28, 2011. The song debuted at number 64 on the Hot 100. Following the album's release and chart success, the track "Smile Back" became Miller's highest-charting song at the time by reaching number 55 on the Billboard Hot 100, despite not being released as an official single.[9]

The album's third single, "Up All Night", was released digitally via iTunes on November 15, 2011. The song peaked at number 123.[10] It was officially released on December 13, 2011.

The album's fourth single, "Missed Calls", was produced by Ritz Reynolds. It was officially released on June 22, 2012.[11] The music video was released on July 31, 2012.

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic58/100[12]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllHipHop6.5/10[13]
AllMusic     [14]
HipHopDX     [15]
Pitchfork Media1.0/10[16]
RapReviews.com6/10[17]
Rolling Stone     [18]
Spin4/10[19]
XXL3/5 (L)[20]

Blue Slide Park received generally mixed reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, a site that calculates an aggregate score based on a number of professional reviews, the album has received a score of 58/100 (based on 12 articles) which indicates "mixed or average reviews".[12] Jon Garcia of AllHipHop.com gave the album a rating of 6.5 out of 10, criticising the production and claiming that "it's as if he hasn't found his sound yet".[13] XXL viewed the album's production more positively, but noted that Miller still has "room to evolve".[20] Jordan Sargent of Pitchfork Media gave the album a 1.0 out of 10 rating and wrote "Miller's world is a hermetic one, and unless it's one you inhabit, the album holds no appeal."[16]

Commercial performanceEdit

Blue Slide Park debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 145,000 copies in its first week, making it the first independently-distributed debut album to top the chart since Tha Dogg Pound's Dogg Food (1995).[21] In the second week, the album fell to number 24; at the time it was the sixth-largest drop from #1, tied with Michael Bublé's 2011 Christmas album. As of August 2012, the album has sold 344,000 copies.[22] On May 14, 2018, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for combined sales and streams in excess of 500,000 units in the United States.[23]

Blue Slide Park earned 12,000 album-equivalent units in the week following Miller's death on September 7, 2018, thus allowing the album to re-enter the Billboard 200 at number 49.[24]

In Canada, the album debuted at number eight on the Canadian Albums Chart.[25] On December 18, 2012, the album was certified gold by Music Canada (MC) for shipments exceeding 40,000 units in Canada.[26]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleMusicProducer(s)Length
1."English Lane"
  • Dominic Angelella
  • Malcolm McCormick
Ritz Reynolds1:35
2."Blue Slide Park"
  • Eric Dan
  • Jeremy Kulousek
  • McCormick
I.D. Labs2:25
3."Party on Fifth Ave."
  • Dan
  • Kulousek
  • McCormick
I.D. Labs2:53
4."PA Nights"
  • Benjamin Hazlegrove
  • McCormick
  • William Lane Shaw
Mansions on the Moon3:04
5."Frick Park Market"
  • Dan
  • Kulousek
  • McCormick
I.D. Labs3:17
6."Smile Back"
  • Dan
  • Kulousek
  • McCormick
I.D. Labs2:44
7."Under the Weather"
  • Dan
  • Kulousek
  • McCormick
I.D. Labs4:21
8."Of the Soul"
  • Dan
  • Kulousek
  • McCormick
I.D. Labs3:28
9."My Team"
  • McCormick
  • Michael Volpe
Clams Casino2:23
10."Up All Night"
  • Dan
  • Kulousek
  • McCormick
3:29
11."Loitering"
  • Dan
  • McCormick
  • Lloyd Ohmedhebo
  • Young L
  • I.D. Labs
3:11
12."Hole in My Pocket"
  • Angelella
  • McCormick
Ritz Reynolds0:36
13."Diamonds & Gold"
  • Dan
  • Kulousek
  • McCormick
I.D. Labs3:20
14."Missed Calls"McCormickRitz Reynolds2:58
15."Man in the Hat"
  • Dan
  • McCormick
  • Ritz Reynolds
  • I.D. Labs
3:17
16."One Last Thing"
  • McCormick
  • Volpe
Clams Casino2:59

Notes

  • On some physical copies of the album a 17th song, "Donald Trump", is incorrectly listed as a bonus track on the reverse cover track listing. Miller confirmed via his official Twitter page that this was due to a factory error and that the album would contain 16 new songs.

TourEdit

Europe – The Incredibly Dope TourEdit

Miller toured Europe in early September 2011 to promote the album. The United Kingdom leg of The Incredibly Dope Tour ran from September 1 to 4, making up four dates in London, Manchester, Birmingham, and Glasgow.[27] The tour also extended to mainland Europe, beginning in Amsterdam on September 6.[28] Two dates in Paris were also announced, as well as Opwijk before Mac's return to the United States to perform at the 2011 edition of Rock the Bells in Boston. Later dates also saw Miller performing in Germany, and Scandinavia.[29] He also performed at The National and other famous venues.

United States – Blue Slide Park TourEdit

Miller's tour of the United States ran from September to December 2011. The Blue Slide Park Tour began on September 22, 2011, at the Irving Plaza in Manhattan, New York City. The final date was on December 9, with Miller performing in his hometown of Pittsburgh.[30]

ChartsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (2011) Peak
position
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan)[31] 8
French Albums (SNEP)[32] 175
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[33] 185
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[34] 178
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[35] 40
US Billboard 200[36] 1
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard) 1
US Top Rap Albums (Billboard) 1
US Independent Albums (Billboard) 1

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[26] Gold 40,000^
United States (RIAA)[23] Gold 500,000 

^shipments figures based on certification alone
 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

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