UPDATE: The first single from Yes Lawd has officially dropped titled “Lyk Dis.” The smooth track first made an appearance at the end of the “Suede” video.
During a lengthy interview with LA Weekly earlier this year, Anderson .Paak’s manager Adrian Miller confirmed that the NxWorries album is called Yes Lawd. .Paak’s trademark ad-lib couldn’t be any more perfect.
Yes Lawd is currently available for preorder on iTunes and will officially drop on October 21st! Listen to “Lyk Dis” below:
To say that Anderson .Paak’s profile has blown up is the understatement of the last two years. The Oxnard, CA rapper/crooner has come a long way from Cover Art to signing with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment; not to mention dropping what’s inarguably one of 2016’s best albums so far in the form of Malibu. .Paak even snagged a spot in XXL’s 2016 Freshman Class last week, one of a handful of diamonds in that particular rough. But even given his pedigree as a singer/songwriter/instrumentalist and his raw charisma, few things excite me more than NxWorries.
A synthesis of .Paak’s swagger over the warm muddy beats of producer Knxwledge was all it took to send their first single “Suede” through the stratosphere and create a mountain of hype. They dropped some more morsels in .Paak’s Mass Appeal web series A N I M A L and their Link Up & Suede EP from last December, but have remained tight-lipped since then…until yesterday:
That’s right, the album’s apparently D O N E. There’s no other details about it, but the fact that it’s real is beyond exciting to me; Knxwledge has been on the Bandcamp grind with over 60 projects to his name to date, including his stellar Stones Throw Records debut Hud Dreems but, like .Paak, he also got a hell of a co-sign from a California giant with a production credit on “Momma” from Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly. Their profiles were already high enough, but outside of their music being crazy good, .Paak and Knx’s teaming is big because it might set a new precedent for rap producer/singer collaborations.
.Paak has and probably always will straddle the line between singer and rapper, and Knx’s style is a uniquely steamy musical gumbo of jazz, soul, and gospel-chopped hip-hop that plays to .Paak’s strengths in ways that little else can; that smooth sample backing “Suede” is a slowed-down version of Gil Scott-Heron’s “The Bottle,” after all. Whenever the NxWorries project drops this year (and Stones Throw has promised that it’s coming this year), expect a glut of rap producers backing R&B singers and expect .Paak to have two of 2016’s best albums.