Anderson .Paak Confirms Heavy Dr. Dre Role On Aftermath Debut
Since signing with Aftermath Entertainment back in January of 2016, Anderson .Paak has released a lot of music—but none of it has forecast his chemistry with label founder Dr. Dre. Heads, of course, heard a taste ahead of the contract, thanks to Dre’s 2015 Compton album. The good doctor co-produced “Deep Water,” with DJ Dahi, Focus…, Cardiak, and Dem Jointz, as well as “Issues,” again alongside Focus… and Dem Jointz, as well as Neff-U. Both tracks featured then-apprentice Anderson .Paak, who was throughout the #2-charting Aftermath release.
Anderson, who has worked with a litany of other profiled producers such as 9th Wonder, Hi-Tek, and Madlib, told Australia’s Triple J Radio that the chemistry is soon coming to the public surface. “[Dr. Dre] had a heavy role in this new album that’s almost done,” said the twice Grammy-nominated NxWorries co-founder. “[We are] just going through the mixing phase. I won’t say any dates, but you can definitely expect it [in 2018], sometime.” The Oxnard, California representative added, “It’s dope to be around like legends like that, and you can feel the mutual respect. That’s what I always did it for; I wasn’t really thinking about money or fame. I just wanted the respect from the people I look up to, musically.”
Elsewhere in the article, it is reported that Anderson’s band, The Free Nationals, will also release a 2018 album. Features will include past collaborator Mac Miller, Daniel Caesar, and Kali Uchis, as well possible appearances from T.I. and the Unknown Mortal Orchestra.
In 2017, NxWorries dropped the Yes Lawd! Remixes on Stones Throw Records. Meanwhile, the singer/MC/drummer appeared on albums by Rapsody and Talib Kweli. Last month, he collaborated on “Black Hole” with Chis “Daddy” Dave & The Drumhedz.