Album Review: Anderson .Paak – Malibu

Anderson .Paak has arrived. Here are my thoughts on the sunny “Malibu”, an album that could become the best r&b record this year:

To be honest, I hadn’t heard about .Paak before he appeared on Dr. Dre’s “Compton” album last year. I believe his debut project “Venice” caught Dre’s attention back in 2014 and they started working together ever since. He was also one of the notable features that made The Game’s “Documentary 2.5” so good. Now his sophomore album is here, and oh my god it’s good.

The production on this thing is really high quality and blends funk, soul and hip hop in a fantastic way. The album thoughout has this very old school, west coast hip hop/soul vibe that I absolutely love. The songs tell personal stories about his troubled family and past events in his life. There are also some very sensual love songs on the record as well. He’s very versatile as an artist and you can also hear him rapping on the album, but .Paak is definitely at his best when he is singing.

What really makes .Paak great is his unique voice. It just oozes soul and you can really feel the emotion when he sings. It’s almost like he should’ve been born in another time when blues was at its peak! Blended with the smooth instrumentals, the album paints a sunfilled California picture in your mind.

I have very little to criticize this abum for, other than a few forgetful songs and the varying quality of the features. This record is simply so honest and beautiful. It feels like I’m jumping into an old polaroid picture of Malibu and entering a fictonal sunny and gorgeous world every time I listen to this. Anderson .Paak has emerged as a force to be reckoned with and “Malibu” might end up as one of the best records this year. Check it out below:

Fav track: Room In Here

Score: 9/10

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