It’s been less than six months since Anderson .Paak dropped his third studio album, Oxnard, which was his highest charting project to date (peaking at No. 11 on the Billboard 200). Fans, however, gave the record mixed reviews, claiming that the characteristically funky debonair lost his identity on the star-studded record, though that notion was quickly dismissed by none other than Anderson’s mother.
But it seems he’s found himself once more on his latest effort, Ventura, which dropped just after midnight on Friday (April 12). The album mark’s Anderson’s second project away from indie labels and under Dr Dre’s label, Aftermath Entertainment. Jam packed with love letters, social commentary and a roster of high-profile collaborators, including Andre 3000, Smokey Robinson and Brandy, Anderson’s fourth project delivers a soulful ambience and an authentically .Paak 11-track set.
Ventura features previously released singles “King James” and “Make It Better.”
“I wanted to keep it as incubated as I could ’cause I wanted to keep the vibes with how we felt at the time,” he recently told Esquire about making the album. “I didn’t want to over-produce, I didn’t want to start second-guessing it, I didn’t want to drive myself crazy. I drove myself crazy with Oxnard. That was almost why I was like, I’m about to put [Ventura] over to the side now, like a ‘break in case of emergency.'”
“[Dr. Dre] let me have a lot of leeway on Ventura,” he continued. He was like, it seems like you got it. I spread my wings on the production and on the writing and on these collaborations.”
Listen to Ventura in full below.