Our first glimpse of Anderson .Paak’s new album, Ventura, is here. It’s “King James,” a slice of that irresistible funk-rap the California renaissance man does so well.
Contrary to what the title might have you think, the tune’s not entirely a tribute to LeBron James, though .Paak does tip his hat to the basketball titan in his second verse. Rather, “King James” is a celebration of .Paak’s community and all they’ve accomplished. “Cold stares can never put the fear in me / What we built here is godly / They can’t gentrify the heart of kings,” he sings.
Later on, .Paak addresses police brutality and Colin Kaepernick’s career-derailing protest: “We couldn’t stand to see our children shot dead in the streets / But when I finally took a knee / Them crackers took me out the league / Now I’m not much for games / But I play for keeps.”
“King James” has certainly set the bar high for Ventura, which arrives April 12. Stream the song below:
After you’re done grooving, check out some deep cuts from Anderson .Paak’s discography here.