Anderson .Paak drops new album 'Oxnard' produced by Dr. Dre: Stream
'Oxnard' is Anderson's first LP under Aftermath Records and is produced by Dr. Dre and features Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Pusha-T, Snoop Dogg and more
Anderson .Paak has unveiled his highly anticipated new album 'Oxnard.' Deriving its title from .Paak's hometown of Oxnard, California, the 14-track effort follows up on his 2016 Grammy-nominated 'Malibu' and marks his first release via Aftermath Entertainment.
'Oxnard' flaunts an impressive list of A-list collaborators, but its not that surprising considering .Paak's stature today and, of course, the clout that Aftermath brings with it. Guest-starring on the album are Pusha-T, J. Cole, Snoop Dogg, Q-Tip, BJ the Chicago Kid, and artist of the moment Kendrick Lamar, who featured alongside .Paak in the music video of the early single 'Tints' and also on lead single 'WHO R U?'.
DOOM and Freddie Gibbs producer Madlib also contributed added some touches to the production of the record, but it was Aftermath label honcho Dr. Dre who oversaw a majority of the heavy lifting and took a deep interest in the project as a whole.
“Just two Aquariuses going at it: two control freaks, perfectionists that just can’t stop working on a project,” Anderson .Paak told NPR of his time spent in the studio with mentor Dr. Dre. But the creative process could hardly be described as grueling, corporate work.
“It’s not like I’m trapped in there with some record execs or A&Rs who are like ‘What’s the single?’” he explained. “Nah, Dre is just trying to have the most fun. I almost have to scale him back a lot of times. Like ‘Let’s go back to the hook, Dre!’ He just wants to make the craziest music ever. Yeah, it was pure creative bliss.”
The album opened to rave reviews on Friday, with Pitchfork giving the album a 7.0 rating, calling it an "approach to the funk canon from a rap perspective, offering a wide-angle portrait of Los Angeles’ hedonistic landscape."
Apple Music and Spotify subscribers can stream the full album below:
In a previous interview about the album and his expectations, .Paak said: “I feel like ambition is missing from today’s music… This is the album I dreamed of making in high school, when I was listening to [Jay-Z]’s The Blueprint, The Game’s The Documentary, and [Kanye West’s] The College Dropout.”