The wait is over: Anderson .Paak’s new album is out now.
Named after his California hometown, the smooth and funky Oxnard is the rapper, drummer and all-round renaissance man’s third record under the .Paak moniker. Executive produced by Dr Dre (who also features on a track), the album is chock-full of guests from rap’s A-list: Kendrick Lamar on “Tints,” Pusha T on “Brother’s Keeper,” Snoop Dogg, J Cole and Q-Tip elsewhere.
Oxnard’s been out only a few days, but the culture was clearly waiting with bated breath—it rocketed to number one on the US iTunes charts upon release. And .Paak, too, knew even before the album dropped that it would be a career milestone.
“This definitely feels like a welcome home—like, ‘Dang man, I’m proud of what we did,’” he said in an NPR interview. “All these different people we met. I’ve gotten to see the world, I’ve gotten to share all these experiences with people in my hometown and introduce my hometown to the world. It just feels great. This is what we dreamed of.”
Stream the album below:
And if you’re hankering for more when you’re done, check out these five underrated .Paak cuts.