After tantalizing fans with his robust track list for Oxnard earlier this month, Anderson .Paak finally released his 14-track project a week before Thanksgiving (Nov. 16). Not only does his hearty entree features appearances by J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Pusha T and Dr. Dre but it also exudes sheer musicianship by one of hip-hop’s brightest stars.
“This is the album I dreamed of making in high school, when I was listening to [Jay-Z]’s The Blueprint, The Game’s The Documentary, and [Kanye West’s] The College Dropout,” .Paak told Rolling Stone in September.
For Paak, his back-to-basics mentality served as an inspiration for his new album. “Everything we made for Malibu we made from the dirt. We had the bare minimum,” said the SoCal crooner. “Fast forward two years: Now, it’s trying to keep that same mentality, but when you have everything. When you’ve been eating calamari and lobster, when you’ve been going to festivals and playing for 40,000 people. You finally have a tour bus. You have two kids now, and a wife to support. You’re trying to keep the same principles you had when you just had a couch.”
Take a listen to Oxnard below.