The debut single from Anderson .Paak’s forthcoming third studio album, “Tints” offered a funky first taste of Oxnard sound. .Paak now expands that palette via the release of “Who R U?,” the second song to precede the production, which is slated to arrive on November 16. Comparatively more aggressive in its flow than the Kendrick Lamar-assisted, ’70s-inflected “Tints,” “Who R U?” sees .Paak vigorously spit bars, in a clear credit to the fluidity of his hip-hop artistry.
The stylistic differences across “Tints” and “Who R U?” suggests an overall diversity of construction to come on the Dr. Dre-produced Oxnard. The album’s feature list is somewhat of a sonic sampler of prominent rappers, ranging from J. Cole to Pusha-T to Snoop Dogg.
Anderson .Paak is on a roll, and he’s ready to continue his winning streak with the launch of his own aptly titled new Beats 1 show .Paak House Radio on Apple Music. Ahead of the ultra-anticipated release of his forthcoming Oxnard LP, the R&B star will grace the internet airwaves with four episodes of interviews, jam sessions, freestyle cyphers, and more — all with his stellar live band The Free Nationals riding shotgun.
The first episode landed, and the free-wheeling format of the show will continue to give .Paak an extra platform get fans in the groove ahead of his November 16 album drop. The album will be the first solo Anderson .Paak project since 2016’s critically lauded Malibu LP, and the hype is currently at an all time high with a fresh new single and music video for the Kendrick Lamar-assisted “Tints.” With a radio show on air, and album up his sleeve, and a steadily successful promotion junket in the rearview mirror, its safe to say Anderson .Paak is riding quite the wave right now.
Anderson .Paak and Kendrick Lamar appear to be actors who rap in their spare time, rather than big-league hip-hop artists who act on the side, in the newly released music video for their feel good collaboration, “Tints.” .Paak’s hook vocalizes his need for “tints,” and when it comes to the necessities, all that the third single off of .Paak’s forthcoming Oxnard album needed was a visual. Now, the auditory and the visual coalesce in the video, which harnesses the ’70s funk of the single as the camera follows .Paak’s and K Dot’s clothing and subsequent character changes for a near five-minutes of cinematic action.
.Paak doubles as both as a dad and a kidnapping victim, among other fictitious roles in the video, while Lamar makes his way to the strip club, and finds unusual company in the grim reaper when not surrounded by strippers and singles. The fluidity of personality shifts within the video mirrors the song’s mellifluous sonic progression, striking a harmonious balance between what listeners hear, and what they see in the video. Oxnard is slated for a November 16 releases, meaning that streamers will have to maintain their patience just a little longer before fresh material from the R&B’s hitter lands.
The next Anderson .Paak era is officially on its way, with the R&B superstar announcing his forthcoming LP Oxnard will arrive on November 16. .Paak broke the news on Open Late with Peter Rosenberg, and shortly after dropped the album’s official cover art via Twitter.
Anderson .Paak monstered the music scene with his 2016 album Malibu, which won him boatloads of fans and acclaim on the strength of monster tracks like “Come Down” and “Am I Wrong.” Although the singer has had his hands in side projects and features since, Oxnard’s release will mark his first true solo LP in almost three years. Even without that hype-worth distinction, .Paak’s momentum is already juggernaut status. After striking gold early with lead single “Bubblin,” the star followed it up with the groovy Kendrick Lamar-assisted “Tints.” If that wasn’t enough, Dr. Dre himself has reportedly handled extensive production on the album, which will arrive via Dre’s Aftermath imprint. The album’s artwork is pure .Paak, and if the lead singles are any indication, Oxnard is shaping up to a new high bar for the singer.
TIDAL has announced the headliners for its annual charity concert, TIDAL X. After announcing earlier this year that the proceeds of the show will support criminal justice reform non-profits, the streaming platform has announced its stacked lineup of performers for its return to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on October 23.
Headliners will include Lil Wayne,Meek Mill, Anderson .Paak and the return of Ms. Lauryn Hill. Kaskade will return to the event as well. This year’s lineup also features Vic Mensa, Black Thought, Teyana Taylor and more. Tickets for TIDAL X and livestream information can be found here.
Anderson .Paak has set the music world ablaze with the release of his groove-filled new single, “Tints,” featuring Kendrick Lamar. Produced by Om’Mas Keith alongside .Paak himself, the track glides through sultry guitar chords, a funky bass line, and authentic hip hop percussion. Lamar’s voice dances alongside the bass line, setting up for the hook sprinkled with dissident horns and a harmony between the two rappers’ voices.
“Tints” serves as the lead single from .Paak’s upcoming album, Oxnard, set to be released off Dr. Dre‘s Aftermath Entertainment, exclusively distributed by 12 Tone Music. Dr. Dre is reportedly the executive-producer on the project, and J. Cole and Pusha-T are said to be other featured artists off the LP.
This new output doesn’t mark .Paak and Lamar’s first joint effort with Dr. Dre. In 2015, the two rappers were featured on the iconic producer’s Compton track, “Deep Water.” Additionally, in early 2018, Kendrick featured .Paak on “Bloody Waters” off KDOT’s curated soundtrack, Black Panther: The Album.
Recently, Anderson .Paak posted a photo with fellow hip-hop heavyweight Kendrick Lamar to his Instagram page with the caption “October 4th,” and understandably set the internet ablaze.
.Paak recently revealed to Rolling Stone that he will release the follow up to his Grammy-nominated 2016 album Malibu, this time entitled Oxnard, by the end of the year. Paired with this photo, fans can undoubtedly expect a joint project from the upcoming release to be released on of course, October 4. This will be the two artists’ first official collaboration together, barring a feature together on “Deep Water” from Dr. Dre‘s 2015 album Compton.
Speaking of The Doctor, the Instagram Easter egg was later followed by photo confirmation of the hip-hop icon’s involvement in Oxnard. The Aftermath head honcho has been on album mixing duties, but he’s not the only rap veteran getting in on .Paak’s new project. The latest addition here appears to be Q-Tip, though the capacity of his involvement still remains to be confirmed. Paak captioned the photo, “Take a second to appreciate what’s happening around you…” as he sits surrounded by hip-hop greatness.
While a release date for Oxnard has not yet been confirmed, October 4 is right around the corner, and a K. Dot feature seems imminent.
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.