Anderson .Paak’s Throwback Video Teaches That Scared Money Never Gets Paid In Full
In 2016, Anderson .Paak started the year in truly incredible form thanks to Malibu. However, the Southern California MC/singer/drummer/producer was far from done. Amidst an Aftermath Entertainment signing and a clamor of strong features alongside everybody from Mac Miller to ScHoolboy Q, A Tribe Called Quest to Rapsody, .Paak and Knxwledge released their debut full-length project as NxWorries.
Yes Lawd! had many fans speaking its title aloud. It carried a completely different vibe than Malibu. The Stones Throw Records release debuted at #59 on the charts. Absent of guest MCs, the 19 tracks channel a cohesive vibe about the many seasons of relationships, keeping one’s ego standing tall, and keeping the Olds’ Cutlass clean too. With four singles already in circulation, one of the LP’s jewels is “Scared Money.” Telling the listener that “scared money don’t make money, talk is cheap,” the record encourages risks, chances, and seizing every day. While Anderson layers the vocals in to make one man sound as a band, Knxwledge’s production evokes splashes of early ’80s R&B carryovers from ’70s Funk giants like The Gap Band, Commodores, and Kool & The Gang.
The video keeps this in mind too, As NxWorries wear some period correct 1983 fashion, wipe down some BMW 6-series coupes and 7-series sedans (sitting on BBS rims, no less), and toast to simpler times. The chorus itself is slang from the surplus ’80s. Not only did NxWorries make a great song, they nailed it in channeling their Paid In Full-era inspiration. There is a reveal at the end too.
The seamlessly record evolves to a remix of “Best One.” Paak’s band, The Free Nationals, are slated to release an album later this year.