Anderson .Paak delivers one of hip-hop’s most hotly anticipated projects of the year, ‘Oxnard’
The name “Anderson .Paak” now bespeaks a trifecta of studio albums, as the raspy voiced rapper guides listeners from album anticipation to gratification with the release of his third longform production, Oxnard. Titled in homage to .Paak’s California hometown, Oxnard touts 14-total tracks, which facilitate the album’s polished movement between .Paak’s differently styled flows, while simultaneously evidencing .Paak’s versatility as a vocalist and verse layer.
Oxnard’s second song, “Headlow,” luxuriates in a mellifluous soulfulness that continues into the equally groovy, and previously released lead single, “Tints.” Oxnard streamers will perceive this tonal shift as the ‘old school’ inflected seconds of “Tints” time out, to transition into the fourth inclusion of the album, the comparatively more vigorously spat “Who R U?” Oxnard bears witness to cameos from a number of high profile rappers, including Pusha T, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, and J. Cole. The expansive Dr. Dre produced effort harnesses and merges .Paak’s hip-hop artistry with narrative lyricisms, resulting in an expert third studio showing from .Paak that arrives with plenty of depth, surely enough for listeners to submerge themselves in .Paak’s sound, with no need to come up for air.
H/T: High Snobiety