Anderson .Paak wastes no time. He released his third studio album, Oxnard, in November, but it's already over for that rollout. The ink is dry, the envelope has been sealed. Now, the road to his fourth LP, Ventura, is open and the first single, "King James," has been released.
This funky number gives the world its first taste of what the new album is going to sound like and if this is anything to go off of, it's time to break out the platform shoes, tracksuits, and velour shirts. It's time to groove, baby.
.Paak raps in an wide smile that shows off his beautiful teeth. Of course, we aren't in the studio to actually know how he delivers his lines but there's a warmth to how the slight hoarseness in his voice grips the groovy production that he frequents. "King James" magnifies this intensity on funk, with the shoulder-bopping beat bringing the listener back to the beach shores of the 1970s. There are no phones around, no MacBooks, no annoying smartwatches that people are using to talk to virtual assistants. Just you and the laughs of the crowd around you, soaking in the sun on a warm day in spring. On the track, .Paak shows love to basketball elite LeBron James for his work for the African American community. He also takes the opportunity to acknowledge some problematic issues in the country such as the possible building of a border wall and the response to the kneeling of Colin Kaepernick.
"King James" packs the excitement for Ventura. .Paak took to Twitter yesterday to divulge to fans more details about the coming LP. It's going to be a concise affair, clocking in at 11 tracks. There are also some surprising features up there from artists such as Brandy, André 3000, Jazmine Sullivan, Nate Dogg, and Smokey Robinson. The album drops on April 12 so it's right around the corner. In May, .Paak will be embarking on the Best Teef In The Game Tour with his band, the Free Nationals.
Take a listen to the smart, funky tune up above.