Talk about a dream team. Unveiling their much-awaited collaboration on Thursday (Oct. 4) on Zane Lowe’s Apple Music’s Beats 1 show, Anderson .Paak and Kendrick Lamar got funky for their new joint track “Tints.”
Back in 2015, the MCs met when both artists were featured on Dr. Dre’s Compton, and earlier this year, Lamar recruited .Paak for his curated soundtrack for the blockbuster Black Panther. “Tints” serves as the second single from .Paak’s forthcoming record Oxnard — following the big-money-making anthem “Bubblin.”
Both from California, .Paak and Lamar share more than a home state — they both approach music from their heart, oozing passion and ambition through their craft with thoughtful lyrics and mesmerizing beats that make them two of the most prominent hip-hop artists of their generation.
On “Tints,” they show off their undeniable chemistry by complementing each other organically. .Paak glows with his trademark jazzy, raspy voice, while Lamar slides in smoother than ever with his notorious razor-sharp flow. The funky bass line is both sultry and full of energy — signatures of their individual works.
Exploring his newfound life in the spotlight and the necessity of respecting an artist’s space, .Paak raps in the chorus, “I can’t be riding, riding around that open street/ I need tints/ Windows tinted, I need my windows tinted/ I can’t be flying down that 110 with a bad bitch in my whip.”
Offering a blissed-out, beach vibe, “Tints” will be featured on .Paak’s upcoming record Oxnard — the much anticipated follow-up to 2016’s Malibu, completing his beach-inspired triptych (which started with 2014’s Venice) and marking .Paak’s first release on Dr. Dre’s Aftermath imprint. During his interview with Beats 1, .Paak also confirmed that the forthcoming album will have features from Pusha T and J. Cole.
Check the official cover art and listen to Anderson .Paak and Kendrick Lamar’s new collaboration “Tints” below.