Anderson .Paak Is On A Tear. He Transitions From Dr. Dre To Asher Roth Seamlessly (Audio)
Dr. Dre’s Compton formally introduces a number of new artists with an array of talents. Along with longtime independent artist King Mez and Dallas, Texas’ Justus, Anderson .Paak may be the biggest standout. With a versatile ability to rap, sing, and play multiple instruments, Anderson—who hails from the same Oxnard, California as Madlib and Oh No is making noise.
Beyond Dr. Dre’s ear-grabbing return to album-making, .Paak is hard at work with Los Angeles, California production outfit Blended Babies. After appearing with B.B. and onetime Kid Cudi protege Kid Chip, Anderson stays in the lab with the Babies, frequent affiliate Asher Roth, and Social Experiment’s Donnie Trumpet.
“Make It Work” is a wavy presentation, heavy on instrumentation, mood-setting vocals, and hard drums. Donnie’s trumpet and Anderson’s vocals showcase throughout, as the break is set for Asher Roth to come in nicely—a fitting extension of 2014’s Retro Hash. This is deeply musical, and feels like true collaboration.
The first single from The Anderson .Paak EP can be purchased, as the project comes down the pike September 25.