Despite releasing Oxnard just last November, Anderson .Paak’s follow-up Ventura is already in the works. The musical polymath recently released the lead single for his upcoming record, “King James.” Teasing his new project, the song builds on an upbeat and funk-heavy tune that hints on Ventura’s possible sonic direction. The 11-track album will feature guest verses from André 3000, the late Nate Dogg, Smokey Robinson, Brandy, Jazmine Sullivan, Lalah Hathaway and Sonyae Elise.
In a recent interview, he admits that he was acting as more of a “vessel” for Dr. Dre during Oxnard’s process, saying, “I wanted to keep it as incubated as I could ’cause I wanted to keep the vibes with how we felt at the time. 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.” He adds, “[Dre] let me have a lot of leeway on Ventura. He was like, it seems like you got it. I spread my wings on the production and on the writing and on these collaborations. Again, very ambitious, working with icons on this one as well.”
Stream “King James” on Spotify and Apple Music below. Ventura drops on April 12.
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