Critically Acclaimed Artist Anderson .Paak’s MALIBU Makes NPR’s Top 30 List

Critically Acclaimed Artist Anderson .Paak’s MALIBU Makes NPR’s Top 30 List

27 June 2016,   By ,   0 Comments

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At the start of the year, in the dead of winter, Anderson .Paak released a flawless summer album. If the young rapper made a wave with his buzzed-about features on Dr. Dre’s Compton in 2015, he caught it on his sophomore solo release. In a deep rhythmic pocket, .Paak forged 16 songs that belong as much to Dr. Dre’s G-Funk as they do to Kendrick Lamar’s California conscious rap, but they’re unmistakably .Paak’s own. This is an auteur’s album, with his stamp on every part of it. Rapping, singing drumming and producing, he pulls from the histories of R&B, rap, pop (he even namechecks Hall & Oates) and old surf movies for an ecstatic, immersive toast to the West Coast. These lucid grooves owe a debt to Motown especially, bringing Marvin Gaye to mind with grooves at once detail-obsessed in their assemblage and effortless in their flow (“The Waters” features BJ the Chicago Kid, who’s breathing new life into the storied label). This is irresistible pastiche, and the glue is Anderson .Paak’s irrepressible will to celebrate — a spirit bright like summer, and deep like the ocean off Malibu. —Benjamin Naddaff-Hafrey

http://www.npr.org/2016/06/27/482934244/npr-musics-30-favorite-albums-of-2016-so-far