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The first great hip-hop record of 2016
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The first great hip-hop record of 2016
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Inglewood’s Anderson .Paak has a terrific new album out today called Malibu. You may recognize Paak’s briny voice—at times so reminiscent of Kendrick Lamar—from some of the finest moments of Dr. Dre’s successful 2015 album Compton. (He appeared on six of that album’s tracks.) Malibu is not Paak’s first album—he released Venice last year, and two other projects in 2012 as Breezy Lovejoy—but it does feel like his hard-earned breakthrough.

The album’s 16 tracks will cost you just over an hour, but there isn’t a bum note on here. These note, by the way, are gorgeous. Paak fills Malibu with the sunniest vibes from To Pimp a Butterfly—think of it as the TPaB you’d actually want to play at a barbecue. In fact, after parts of Compton, and that snippet of Kanye’s “No More Parties in LA”, Malibu feels like the proper arrival of post-TPaB hip-hop.

Listen below, via Spotify: 

Want more? Here’s Venice:

Anderson .Paak’s 2016 Tour Dates

THU 11 FEB 2016 BELGIUM ORANGERIE @ BOTANIQUE
FRI 12 FEB 2016 HOLLAND PARADISO TOLHUISTUIN
SUN 14 FEB 2016 DENMARK PUMPEHUSET
MON 15 FEB 2016 SWEDEN DEBASER STRAND
TUE 16 FEB 2016 NORWAY PARKTEATERET
THU 18 FEB 2016 GERMANY LIDO
SAT 20 FEB 2016 AUSTRIA PORGY & BESS (LATE NIGHT SHOW) 
SUN 21 FEB 2016 GERMANY AMPERE
TUE 23 FEB 2016 SWITZERLAND EXIL
WED 24 FEB 2016 FRANCE LA BELLEVILLOISE
THU 25 FEB 2016 UK XOYO
FRI 26 FEB 2016 UK RUBY LOUNGE (9PM CURFEW)
SAT 27 FEB 2016 UK ABC2
SUN 17 APR 2016 INDIO, CA COACHELLA
SUN 24 APR 2016 INDIO, CA COACHELLA