Anderson .Paak funks it up on “King James”

He’s here to celebrate achievement in the face of adversity.

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.”

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“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.

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