Anderson .Paak Releases Latest Album "Ventura"

Only five months following the release of his Aftermath Records debut, Anderson .Paak returns with his fourth studio album, Ventura.
Where .Paak dressed up the production and ran up the budget for high-profile collaborations on Oxnard, he strips it down and zeroes in on his authenticity withVentura. Take one of the album's singles, "Make It Better," for example, which features Smokey Robinson - one of .Paak's predecessors and leading soul influences:
Make It Better (feat. Smokey Robinson) - Anderson .Paak
The project opens with angelic harmonies and airy piano strokes on "Come Home," where .Paak glides through the production like a kite on Malibu beach. The track is assisted by Andre 3000, who bounces and bubbles on his verse leaving no beat untouched.
That same cadence is interlaced throughout the album's 11 tracks. If .Paak's Malibu bows in the direction of decorated funk production, and Oxnard in the direction of G-funk inspired hip-hop samples, Ventura triumphs in striking a balance between the two.
.Paak embraces a more mindful approach to re-centering his versatile sound. Tracks like "Jet Black," and "Yada Yada" demonstrate a more laid-back take on his abilities as a rapper. "Winners Circle" and the late Nate Dogg assisted "What Can We Do?" highlight the smooth funk-rock elements that pillar his sound.
The project's lead single, "King James," exhibits .Paak's dedication to Black empowerment and political action, all while mingling eclectic neo-soul and jazz forces.
Watch him perform the track with a live band at BBC's 1Xtra Live Lounge:
Anderson .Paak - King James in the 1Xtra Live Lounge
It's obvious .Paak has hit a stride onVentura, returning to form with more grace than we've ever seen from him. He iterates on his preceding ventures with a new breathe of confidence and clear-headed resolution.
.Paak is slated to play both weekends of Coachella - today, April 12, and next Friday, April 19. He's also announced his headlining "Best Teef In The Game" tour which will kick off in Nashville on May 17. The tour drafts special guests Thundercat, Mac DeMarco, Earl Sweatshirt, Noname, and Jessie Reyez.
Check out the full tour schedule below, and cop tickets here.
"Best Teef In The Game" Tour Schedule
05/17 – Nashville, Tennessee – Ascend Amphitheater 05/20 – Cleveland, Ohio – Jacobs Pavillion at Nautica 05/21 – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – The Met Philadelphia 05/23 – Uncasville, Connecticut. – Mohegan Sun Arena 05/26 – Westbrook, Maine – Maine Savings Pavilion at Rock Row 05/28 – Baltimore, Maryland – MECU Pavilion 05/30 – New York, New York – Madison Square Garden 06/01 – Toronto, Ontario – RBC Echo Beach 06/02 – Detroit, Michigan – Meadow Brook Amphitheater 06/04 – Chicago, Illinois – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island 06/06 – Raleigh, North Carolina – Red Hat Amphitheater 06/07 – Atlanta, Georgia – Cadence Bank Amphitheater at Chastain Park 06/08 – New Orleans, Louisiana – Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square 06/11 – Houston, Texas – Revention Music Center 06/12 – Dallas, Texas – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory 06/14 – Denver, Colorado – Red Rocks Amphitheater 06/16 – Las Vegas, Nevada – Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort 06/19 – Vancouver, British Columbia – PNE Forum 06/20 – Seattle, Washington – WaMu Theater 06/22 – Portland, Oregon – McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater 06/27 – San Francisco, California – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
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Last updated: 23 Apr 2019, 10:43 Etc/UTC