Anderson .Paak wants everyone to abstain from releasing his music after he dies — so much so that he got it inked on his arm as a permanent reminder.
The artist revealed his new forearm tattoo on his Instagram story on Monday, August 16. “When I’m gone, please don’t release any posthumous albums or songs with my name attached,” the tattoo reads. “Those were just demos and never intended to be heard by the public.”
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Posthumous album releases have become commonplace over recent years, with late artists such as Pop Smoke, Lil Peep, Mac Miller and more having demos finished for them and released as albums after their deaths. Smoke’s posthumous debut album, Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon, even broke records with the longest amount of consecutive weeks atop Billboard’s Top Rap Albums.
But despite the often chart-topping success of posthumous projects, the decision of labels to release an artist’s work posthumously has been criticized by those who don’t think an artist’s work should be released without them signing off on it. Needless to say, Paak wants no part in it.
The artist, meanwhile, recently dropped a second single called “Skate” with Bruno Mars as Silk Sonic. The R&B duo debuted with the track “Leave the Door Open” in March and is gearing up for the release of its first album An Evening with Silk Sonic, which will be produced by Mars and D’Mile and feature narration from funk music legend Bootsy Collins.
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