Every so often, an artist comes along with the creative capability to coax just about any sound or feeling. And it doesn’t take long to reach the heart of Anderson .Paak’s new album, Malibu.
After rolling out his 2014 debut Venice, decorating Dr. Dre’s comeback album Compton, touring much of the year with his Stones Throw outfit NxWorries and teaming with production duo Blended Babies for The Anderson .Paak EP, with all things considered, Anderson .Paak is on cloud nine right now. The multi-dimensional artist and musician Straight Outta Oxnard, California has found his path in the industry, all without any ties to a major label. His experimental sound genre-hops from hip-hop to rock to R&B, with a funk twist of a modern day pimp to add to his knack for storytelling.
Debuting his sophomore project Malibu, last night in Hollywood, CA at the Sayers Club, Beats presented the full-length studio album to an intimate crowd of fans, celebrities and record contributors. Hosted by Soulection’s co-founder and lead dj Joe Kay, .Paak talked album inspiration, collaborating with credited artists, to recounting his early days of building the project.
“There was a time I was in the studio, like 9 to 5,” .Paak said. As for the journey and process winding from Venice to Malibu, he adds, “I feel like Malibu is the maturation.”
Teasing snippets of all 16-tracks, featuring cameos from The Game, Schoolboy Q, BJ The Chicago Kid, Rapsody, and Talib Kweli, Anderson .Paak closed out the night with a live-set backed by his band The Free Nationals. Performing “The Season/Carry Me,” “Suede,” and “Am I Wrong” with surprise guest Schoolboy Q, .Paak celebrated his success in high-spirits surrounded by a full room of believers he called his, “guiding inspiration through it all.”
Malibu is powerful art, with a beautiful reminder that no matter what you’ve endured, setbacks or glorious heights, you can endorse your greatest aspirations at any given moment.
Malibu is set to release January 15 via OBE Steel Wool Entertainment.