Fall in love with the lively sounds of Anderson Paak in Oxnard, released November 16th.
Oxnard is a sweet set of Anderson Paak’s diverse sound, drawing inspiration from love, experience, and his perspective. The features, including Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg and Dr Dre, hold nothing back in their contribution to this pinnacle of an album. Throughout Oxnard, Paak eloquently ties in a variety of genres from grime and afro beats, intricate instrumentals, rap soul and classic groove.
Unexpectedly so, it appears he has love on his mind. Smile/Petty expresses the complications of love, and the special kind of anger you can have for a significant other. However, unlike other rap artists, Paak isn’t afraid of commitment. In Trippy with J Cole, the pair are narrators of this wavy fairytale, a song about love and compromise. 6 Summers was a stand out. This solo track plays off the dramatization of spoken word poetry, metaphor, and historical reference to address current politics and reform. Unique to Paak, he delivers his message in a way that insists peace instead of anger. This is only one example of his use of music as a medium to discuss his philosophies. Brother’s Keeper follows this track with accompaniment by Pusha T; the certainty in his verses are sure to leave listeners with goosebumps. In part, this song becomes a message to Pusha T’s brother and their path together in the music industry where they’ve encounter both great success and the dangers of drug dealing.
Overall, Paak keep us on our toes with the jokes and subject matter, all while delivering his fans with quality west coast vibes. His bass filled flavor is sure to make this album a memorable addition to the Anderson Paak collection.