Anderson .Paak‘s forthcoming solo album Oxnard Ventura will enlist the help of Aftermath Entertainment CEO, Dr. Dre.
“He’s in there producing melodies, writing ideas on sequencing, everything. Just the biggest help just having him as the filter, everything. It’s like whatever we need. Ideas for the videos, all that. We breaking everything down with the big homie” Anderson .Paak told Zane Lowe of his in studio collaboration with Dre as the famed rapper mixes Oxnard Ventura, while attending to all other creative facets involved in the album’s production.
Aftermath Entertainment head of A&R Ty Cannon further confirmed Dre’s involvement in Oxford Ventura, via an Instagram picture of Dr. Dre hard at work in the studio.
Dr. Dre boasts a storied career when it comes to assistive production; in the past, Dre has worked on projects from Eminem, 2Pac, 50 Cent, and Snoop Dogg, among those of other prominent artists active in the rap game.
Disco funk legend Nile Rodgers announced mid-June that he and his storied band Chic had a new album on the way, the band’s first effort in 26 years. Modern day maestros of the genre — and a few unassuming additions — were enlisted for the making of the record, including Anderson .Paak, Vic Mensa ,Stefflon Don, and Craig David and now, we’re getting a taste of the madness that’ll ensue with the LP’s first single, “Till The World Falls.”
A tantalizing and glitzy new disco track with a Vic Mensa verse and Mura Masa guest appearance; “Till the World Falls” is a meeting of glorious past and present funk extravagance. Anderson .Paak, NAO, and anaïs each had a hand in the track’s songwriting.
Nile Rodgers & Chic’s record is fittingly titled It’s About Time and will arrive September 7.
Dedicated to inspiring the next generation of producers, Razer Music announced they have partnered with Grammy Nominee Anderson .Paak as the face of their new production program. Anderson .Paak will be curating exclusive content on the newly platform, where members of the Razer community will able to share insights into their own creative process.
Razer Co-founder and CEO Min-Ling Tan states:
“Artists continue to delight the senses in new and creative ways, creating music and visual experiences that are as technologically incredible as they are sensual….today’s producers demand the same level of mobile computing performance as game developers and players, which we’re proud to provide in our Blade series of laptops.”
As the new factotum for Razer’s refreshed interface, Anderson .Paak teased his upcoming single, “Twink Hop” in a video posted to Instagram, where he is seen creating the new tune using Razer’s interface. Moving past Carnage’s infamously hilarious production tutorial, Razer has aligned with new partners including Purity Ring, Noisia, Universal Audio, and Splice as part of the company’s new relaunching campaign.
It appears Chance the Rapper and Anderson .Paak are in the studio together again with another collaboration in the works. Hip-hop’s two brightest up-and-comers first linked on last year’s “Blessings (Reprise)” from Chance’s Grammy-nominated gospel masterpiece Coloring Book. Now it appears a follow up effort from Chano and .Paak is underway, and the pair have shared a short teaser that already packs a healthy dose of hype.
Currently, details on the new collaboration are scarce, but .Paak is already known to have an album on the way in 2017 with his band, The Free Nationals, and although Chance is still riding the wave of what could prove to be a historic record come Grammy night, he’s rumored to have new projects dropping in 2017 as well. This soulful new funk instrumental is likely to turn up in an official capacity soon, signaling that hip-hop’s mainstream spotlight isn’t going anywhere in 2017 with these two at the helm.