Anderson .Paak has been hard at work this year on not one, but two albums: one solo and one with his band The Free Nationals. Still, even for a man of his pace, the past 24 hours have been a whirlwind as two new songs and a wealth of information about the upcoming work has been revealed by the California rapper.
First, he appeared on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio show where he premiered the uplifted, breezy hip-hop stunt “Bubblin’.” While on the show, Lowe and Paak also spoke about Paak’s upcoming solo album and Dr. Dre’s involvement (Paak’s signed to Dre’s label Aftermath). “He’s in there producing beats,” he said. “He’s in there producing melodies, writing, ideas on sequencing, everything. Just the biggest help just having him as the filter, everything. It’s like whatever we need. Ideas for the videos, all that. We breaking everything down with the big homie.”
Paak also featured alongside Doja Cat on producer Sam Spiegel’s “20 Below,” a focused, flying record. Sam Spiegel is the brother of Spike Jonze, and Paak’s last single “Till It’s Over” debuted alongside a Spike Jonze-directed Apple ad, so there’s family history here, and we’re grateful if that background led to this beautiful collaboration.
Here’s the long quote of what Anderson .Paak had to say when asked about his work with Dr. Dre, via HotNewHipHop:
He’s got a whole lot of trust in me. He let me just run free. He told me, “just do your thing. I would love to be a part of it.” He told me, “do I have to be part of it? No, but I really want to be.” I was like, “you’re definitely going to be a part of this, bro.” And we’ve just been going back and forth with this music man for over two years now and just getting the right album that we really feel proud of. He’s been very instrumental to taking it to the next level. That’s the whole point when you’re working with a really good producer, you let them produce. It’s dope, we got a lot of mutual respect for each other.