Anderson .Paak Says Dr. Dre Has Been ‘Instrumental’ in Taking His Music to the ‘Next Level’
Anderson .Paak is prepping to drop his new album on Aftermath soon, and he's just dropped off comical visuals for a new track, "Bubblin."
The song follows his last release, “Til It’s Over" and is produced by Jhalil Beats and Antman Wonder.
“I had the beat from Jhalil Beats and Antman Wonder. Jhalil sent me a pack of beats, you know 50, 60 beats. I loved them all. I was just writing to all these beats and that was one of them that I just loved off top," he told Zane Lowe at Beats 1 Radio about the song. “It sounded like some black 007 action adventure high speed chase type of music. Originally I was trying to get Lil Sims to rap on it first because she was in the studio too. I remember trying to get other people on it, then eventually I just wrote on it. It took me a couple of days. I did it. I started it in L.A. and I finished it in New York. And it was just one of them ones. It gets the energy going, gets the blood going.”
Anderson also talked about working with Dr. Dre on his upcoming project, as the Cali native is signed to Dre's Aftermath label.
“He’s got a whole lot of trust in me,” he explained. “He let me just run free. He told me just do your thang. I would love to be a part of it. He told me, do I have to be part of it, no, but I really want to be. I was like you’re definitely going to be a part of this, bro. And we’ve just been going back and forth with this music man for over two years now and just getting the right album that we really feel proud of."
This new project will follow his most recent releases, 2016's stellar Yes Lawd!, which was a collaboration album with producer Knxwledge under the group title, NxWorries. It also follows his 2016 album, Malibu.
Anderson says working with Dre has elevated his musical output.
“He’s been very instrumental to taking it to the next level," he said. "That’s the whole point when you’re working with a really good producer, you let them produce. It’s dope, we got a lot of mutual respect for each other. He’s in there producing beats. He’s in there producing melodies, writing, ideas on sequencing, everything. Just the biggest help just having him as the filter, everything. It’s like whatever we need. Ideas for the videos, all that. We breaking everything down with the big homie.”
Check out his video for "Bubblin," which features cameos from his son and The Free Nationals, above.
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