Oxnard has been carefully curated to accommodate its heavyweight roster of guests, which includes Dr. Dre, J.Cole and Pusha T among others; Snoop Dogg relishes the pre-The Chronic g-funk era beats on Anywhere, as does Kendrick Lamar in lead single Tints. Each guest caters to the spontaneous and chaotic world .Paak has created.
As the musician’s trajectory becomes more inevitably vertical, the pressures of commercial success and backing haven’t stopped him from doubling down on his bubbling individuality. 6 Summers fantasizes about the buckwild, bisexual love child of Donald Trump over a vintage bassline, and Cheers is a cathartic, funk-driven homage to Mac Miller – “How you tell a n-gga ‘Slow it down’ when you’re living just as fast as him?” .Paak raspily ponders.
Full of Easter eggs that will encourage multiple listens, the true joy over the 14 tracks is the artist’s magnetic pull. On Oxnard, Anderson .Paak has truly established himself as an anomaly in hip hop.
Oxnard is out December 14 via Aftermath/12 Tone.
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