A couple of weeks ago, the young Californian soul-music polymath Anderson .Paak released the new album Oxnard. It’s not his best work, but it’s a good excuse to get him doing things on television. He was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live last week, and last night, he took a … More »
Anderson .Paak released his latest album, Oxnard, last month. Last night, the California croon-rapper made his Saturday Night Live debut, playing “Who R U?” and “Tints” from his new album. Kendrick Lamar joined him onstage for the latter, while .Paak handled drums and lead vocals. Maggie Rogers, Ella Mai, Lil Wayne, Paul Simon, … More »
Anderson .Paak released his highly-anticipated third studio album Oxnard just a few days ago. Next month, he’ll bring it to Saturday Night Live as musical guest. The episode airs 12/1 and will be hosted by Claire Foy from the recent film The Girl In The Spider’s Web. Previous musical guests for this season … More »
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 getting ready to release the official follow-up to his 2016 breakout album Malibu. Oxnard is out in eight days. Its title is inspired by .Paak’s hometown of the same name, completing his beach-themed trilogy, which started with his albums Venice and Malibu. The forthcoming album was mixed and produced by none other than Dr. Dre. More »
Last month, Anderson .Paak’s live band the Free Nationals recruited Canadian R&B singer Daniel Casear and Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s Ruben Nielsen for a new single called “Beauty & Essex.” Casear takes the reins on the slow-burning groove with his always-impressive falsetto. More »
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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.
— CHEEKY ANDY (@AndersonPaak) October 26, 2018
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