They say you should never go home with a first date, but after one listen of NxWorries’ debut Yes Lawd! I’m ready to go home with it, move in together, open a joint bank account and get married to the smoothest album of the year.
NxWorries is the effortlessly cohesive collaboration of producer Kxwledge (best known for his work on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly) and man-in-demand Anderson .Paak. Neither outshines the other, either; Knxwledge’s production chops are nothing short of trailblazing – think J.Dilla’s Donuts as a comparison – and you haven’t heard anything as smooth as .Paak since Marvin Gaye and Luther Vandross were steaming up your bedrooms.
It’s apparent that every detail of the 19-track debut has been carefully curated, from the samples and dusty drums in Intro to .Paak’s soulful hum in Another Time. Lead single Lyk Dis is a highlight but the tracks preceding it (Wngs and Best One) set the scene perfectly: rounded but sharp, holy but horny. Scared Money is an ‘80s throwback and the beat on Suede, dare I say it, is perfect. When newborns overpopulate the world in nine months, I’ll blame NxWorries – this is baby-making music.