Tune in and turn up

Even before his induction into XXL’s 2016 Freshmen Class, Anderson .Paak had established himself as a musician to keep your eye on this year. His major-label debut album, Malibu, was released in January to rave reviews, and he has only continued to grow in stature as the year has gone by. It was also clear that he had a flair for the artistic, as evidenced by the pop-art like collage of Malibu’s album cover. This style comes to immediate life in a new double music video Anderson Paak dropped last night (with a guest spot from BJ the Chicago Kid), and it exemplifies both his aesthetic and rap prowess.

The epic video starts out as a clip for the album cut “The Season/Carry Me,” and is a nightmarish trip through a surreal land made of CGI collages. It starts out as a day in the fields picking strawberries, but quickly morphs into a variety of oddball situations, including facing down a Donald Trump trash monster, a police shoot-out and an unsettling riverside baptism. This river marks the transition into the second half of the video for the fittingly-titled song “The Waters.” The track (and video) get an assist from BJ the Chicago Kid, who joins Anderson Paak for a visually arresting underwater romp. If only he had time to make a video this stunning for each track.

Anderson .Paak’s Malibu is available for streaming and download now.

In other hip-hop news, check out Gucci Mane’s raunch new visual for “Gucci Please.”

Words by Jake Boyer
Music Editor
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