Review: Anderson .Paak - Malibu

Straight outta Compton into a future classic

Anderson .Paak formerly known as Breezy Lovejoy is a singer, rapper and producer from Oxnard, California. You probably heard his prominent feature in Dr Dre’s critically-acclaimed (and Grammy nominated) album Compton last summer, where he collaborated on 6 out of 16 tracks. Standouts were tracks like “Animals”, “Issue” and “Deep Water”. A few months went by and he was featuring in yet another big hip hop music release of 2015 collaborating in two tracks in The Game’s album The Documentary 2. Paak also appeared in the track “Unique” from Goldlink’s last album And After That, We didn’t Talk.

 

It was to be expected that all this major feature work, including overshadowing Dre on his very own album, was going to lead to some important own project and he gave us a taste of it with the release of the EP Link up & Suede in December 2015, the result of the musical duo NxWorries formed by Anderson Paak and Knowledge. The single “Suede” alone has exceeded 1 million plays on Soundcloud and made it to the ‘top ten songs shared on Spotify’ according to good ol’ New York Times.

 

Only two weeks into 2016 and former Breezy Lovejoy has already gifted us with a masterpiece of solo album that will surely be making the list of ‘best albums of 2016’ no matter how many other musical treasures we are presented with in the months to come. Malibu was released under OBE (Paak’s own co-founded label alongside his partner and manager Adrien Miller), Steel Wool Entertainment and ArtClub International imprints and features artist such as  ScHoolBoy Q, Talib Kweli, The Game, Rapsody and BJ the Chicago Kid with productions from Madlib, 9th Wonder, Kaytranada and Hi-Tek.

 

This album is the perfect blend of sounds ranging from RnB to 70’s soul, 90’s funk era, jazz and hip hop. On Malibu, Paak proves himself as a sensational songwriter and musician. Malibu entails a review of Paak’s stories of growing up in Oxnard accompanied by an outstanding attention to create the most uplifting and catchy grooves. If, for you, the blend of musical aesthetics and solid lyrical content alone doesn’t make this sound an instant classic, I invite you to check tracks such as “Silicon Valley”, “The Waters” (produced by Madlib and featuring BJ the Chicago Kid) and “The Bird”.

 

Previous releases from Paak include O.B.E. Vol.1 in 2012 under the name Breezy Lovejoy and Venice on 2014. Just a year ago Anderson .Paak was an up-and-coming independent rapper with a lot of talent and a small audience. However, 2016 seems to be his breakout year.

 

We’re expecting Malibu to reach a mainstream acknowledgment his work deserves. Paak’s 2015 features, with some of the giants of hip-hop, ensured his name had the exposure needed for his work to speak for itself. Despite these acclaimed mainstream features Malibu projects an underlying indie and authentic energy similar to the work of Kendrick Lamar. Without compromising Paak’s own creative vision and sound Malibu is the product of a more expansive and refined artistic project. Watch out for Ol’ Breezy Lovejoy because many are pointing at him as the next big thing.

 

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