Anderson .Paak, Smokey Robinson just want to “Make it Better”

Old and new school collide on the loved-up song.

Anderson .Paak has collaborated with Motown legend Smokey Robinson on a soulful new song, “Make it Better.”

.Paak’s sings over a groovy beat, romantic strings and subtle keyboards, while Robinson joins in on the chorus with soulful harmonies. “And it’s easier to run away / Than to look for what would make you stay / Do you wanna make it better? / Do you wanna stay together?” they sing.

The song was released alongside an Andy Hines-directed video that follows a relationship that’s long past the honeymoon phase. .Paak and his lover go on dates and have squabbles, but despite all the highs and lows, they find their way back to one another.

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“Lord knows I had different lyrics before [Robinson]. He came and changed the whole thing up,” .Paak told Zane Lowe on Beats 1. “My original was like, ‘It’s easier to run away than to eat what’s on your fucking plate,’ and he was like, ‘No baby, what in the hell? No, no.’”

“Make it Better” is the second track released from .Paak’s upcoming album, Ventura, following last month’s “King James.” The LP is set to arrive in a week’s time, on April 12.

Watch the “Make it Better” video below:

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Want more? Check out five of .Paak’s most underrated songs here.

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