Release Date: Apr 12, 2019
Record label: Aftermath
Genre(s): R&B, West Coast Rap, Alternative R&B
The Californian rapper and crooner continues his series of brilliant, self-mythologising records, and there's a distinct sense of a chapter coming to a close Rapper and crooner Anderson . Paak has spent his past four albums proper (the run was interrupted by 2016's 'Yes Lawd!', an accomplished collaboration with LA producer Knxwledge) telling his extraordinary life story, though the order's been all jumbled up, his rise to fame presented as a big bang that's ricocheted in all directions - past, present and future. Having broken out with 2014's 'Venice', the Cali musician, real name Brandon Paak Anderson, first achieved trued greatness with 2016's 'Malibu', a lush '70s soul-inflected record that revelled the good life he was living as a #blessed rapper who kicks it with Dr.
I t's not often that an artist's mum feels prompted to respond to criticism of their work, but that is precisely what happened in the wake of Anderson .Paak's last album. Intended as a star-studded, big-budget epic to mark his move from indie labels to Dr Dre's behemoth Aftermath Entertainment, Oxnard turned out to be a Grammy-winning commercial success despite mixed reviews, the most common criticism being that some of his previous work's appeal had been forgotten amid the production gloss and the big-name guest appearances. Perhaps understandably, this interpretation held little sway with the singer/rapper's mum.