Review: How Anderson .Paak’s ‘Malibu’ Sent VIBE’s Staff Into A Dancing Fit After Just One Listen
2015 proved to be an outstanding year for singer, rapper, producer, Anderson .Paak when he gained worldwide recognition for his credits on Dr. Dre’s first record in 16 years and showcased his talents on the likes of The Game and Goldlink’s major releases.
Just two weeks into the new year, the Oxnard, Calif. native has followed up his groundbreaking contributions with the release of his sophomore album, Malibu. On Friday (Jan. 15), the VIBE TRIBE gave the 16-track project a first spin, sending all into a dancing fit. Thus far, critics are hailing his effort as a new classic that nods to everything we love and long for in soul and R&B music today.
So of course, we had to get in on the action as well and share our thoughts. From our EIC who finds .Paaks “body rocking swing of the early 90s G Funk Era” irresistible to several editors who found no shortage of feels on this album, there’s a lot of layers to peel back and digest in Anderson .Paak’s latest release.
Click through the gallery as our staff breaks down Malibu.