After his first album, Malibu, (released in 2016) he showed us that he was here to bring a new element to today’s music. Listed as a hip-hop act, his music is probably the furthest thing from the grit that originally defined hip-hop. By toggling through singing, rapping and pure instrumentation, .Paak gives us a rare combination of music that shows us the true depths of his talent. However, this gumbo-est approach in his music has catapulted him into a new realm of recognition. Ultimately, this has helped Anderson .Paak lead us into a new genre. A genre that extends much further than hip hop and has the game bubblin’.
With Dr. Dre as the executive producer for the album, the sounds on here can really do no wrong. Over time I have found that Dre brings a different level of quality and authenticity to his signature music and sound. Since his debut in the 80’s, he has kept his music’s sound quality above any producer I can think of. Doggystyle, DAMN., Get Rich or Die Tryin’, Good Kid, MAAD City, The Chronic, To Pimp a Butterfly, and It Was Written are just a few albums produced by him that can speak to this level of quality. The thing is, Oxnard does too.
Throughout every song you can feel that this texture of music is just different. Almost every track holds two separate beats that .Paak effortlessly bounce over. His talk about fame, women, being the greatest, and coming from nothing are mainly the bars given on this album.
With help from some of the best veterans in the rap game, this album definitely doesn’t lack any bars either. Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Q-Tip, J. Cole, and Pusha T are some major names that feature the album. Every one of these featured songs are a staple in the album, yet .Paak had no problem holding his own.
Overall, Anderson .Paak leveled up from his last album Malibu, which really wasn’t easy to do. By having a legend producer in Dr. Dre, and polishing a genre of his own, .Paak might have the best album of the year on his hands. But only time will tell.
My favorite tracks off this album are: Tints (feat. Kendrick Lamar), 6 Summers, Anywhere (feat. Snoop Dogg, The Last Artful & Dodgr), and Trippy (feat. J. Cole).