Around the back end of 2015, we were introduced to Anderson .Paak via Benji B's radio 1 show, and we dug it, to say the least. From then on he's been smashing, track after track and gig after gig, providing a breath of fresh air via soulful lyricism, catchy tracks and a consistent and concise cool vibe that runs through everything he does. His Album 'Malibu' is still a regular in the Soleheaven in store shuffle.
Alongside this, we have always been fans of Stones Throw, always. The label understands the origins of Hip-hop, but isn't afraid to combine this with an open mind towards new styles of rap and new production values.
So, when it was brought to our attention that Anderson Paak was linking up with Stones Throws hip-hop guru Knxwledge as NXWORRES, we have been pretty excited, to say the least. Then, to our pleasure, the full album was available to stream one week ahead of release, so here are our thoughts.
Overall, this project is great. Knowledge's experimental style keeps Paak on his toes and allows hm to really showcase his vocal range and styles. Generally speaking, this isn't easy, and experimenting can often lead to inconsistencies in albums, however, YES LAWD swerves this with just enough of everything from the spectrum to keep the listener engaged.
One issue we have is that the tracks released prior to this album's release could be considered the best tracks from the project (Suede, Lyk Dis, Link Up). This has resulted in a certain amount of familiarity with the albums highlights, even though it has only just released. In the grand scheme of things though, it's refreshing to now see these tracks in context, they all slot into their allocated slots in this LP perfectly.