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Album: Blue Slide ParkReleased: 2011
The title track of Mac Miller's debut album is named after the rapper's favorite childhood hangout, a section of Frick Park in his home city of Pittsburgh. It's known as Blue Slide Park because of the blue slide carved into a small hill.
Mac's older brother, Miller McCormick, designed the album cover.
Blue Slide Park was released through Rostrum Records, and was the first independently-distributed debut album by an act to reach #1 on the Billboard 200 for 16 years. The last (and only previous) time this happened was back in 1995 when Snoop associates Tha Dogg Pound's Dogg Food, which was independently distributed via Priority, debuted at the summit. Miller told MTV News that his team preferred to do things on their own. "I never really got far enough to see an offer for real," he said. "I got no hatred towards major labels or anything. I never got a chance to hear what they had to say. We just really wanted to stick with our home team and keep it in the family."