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In his relatively short career, the prolific Anderson .Paak has self-published over 100 songs to market. .Paak has acquired an impressive list of collaborations including acts such as Mac Miller, Chance the Rapper, Rapsody, A Tribe Called Quest, and his band The Free Nationals; a steady stream of requests to work with some of the industry’s most renowned artists, and an instant hit "Til It’s Over", heard in the Spike Jonze directed commercial 'Welcome Home' for Apple’s HomePod starring FKA Twigs. In 2018, his monster single "Bubblin" saw a Jimmy Kimmel Live! Performance and won him his first GRAMMY for Best Rap Performance in 2019.
.Paak also made his debut SNL appearance performing "Tints" as well as "Who R U?" off his recent album "Oxnard", his third LP and first on Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment. The album marked a career high for him debuting as the #1 Independent album in the US according to Billboard as well as debuting at #5 on the Rap chart, #6 on the hip-hop / R&B chart and #11 on the Top 200. The phenomenal album was executive produced by Dr. Dre and features the likes of hip-hop legends Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, J. Cole, Q-Tip, and Pusha T. Following the album’s release, .Paak has been on a sold-out tour in both the US and Europe, with fans anxious to see his energetic and captivating live performances.
Only five months after Oxnard’s release, Anderson .Paak’s latest project Ventura switches gears to soul from the grit and urgency that Oxnard brought acting as a juxtaposition to the two towns where .Paak grew up. Anderson explains:
'Growing up in Oxnard gave me the grit and the church to find this voice of mine. One town over I went further and found my depth. The duality of each place inspired me greatly and from that I made two albums at the exact same time but held one back because that would have been too many songs to perform live for you all! I like ending things on an even number so welcome to "Ventura".'
Barry says: An absolutely killer new outing from senior .Paak here, brilliantly displaying a refracted rainbow of R&B influences, brought together with his forward thinking lyrical content and staggeringly effective rhythmic flow.
1. Come Home (feat. André 3000)
2. Make It Better (feat. Smokey Robinson)
3. Reachin' 2 Much (feat. Lalah Hathaway)
4. Winners Circle
5. Good Heels (feat. Jazmine Sullivan)
6. Yada Yada
7. King James
8. Chosen One (feat. Sonyae Elise)
9. Jet Black (feat. Brandy)
11. What Can We Do? (feat. Nate Dogg)