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Anderson .Paak Drops 'Oxnard' Album, Explains How "Trippy" Collabo With J. Cole Happened By Accident

The two talked about how the song came to be on the latest episode of Paak. House Radio on Apple Music. 

Anderson .Paak's long-awaited Oxnard (Nov. 16) album has finally reached the online music circuit along with a dose of commentary on his latest .Paak House Radio show.

With both released Friday (Nov. 16), the extraordinary musician delivers funk and R&B vibes with tracks focusing on lust like "Headlow," love and compassion on "Smile/Pretty" along with life's constant worries on the lead single, "Tints."

Paak also uses the album to paint a picture of his close yet distant views from Oxnard, the So-Cal city the multifaceted artist came up in. But though the album favors the town, spotlighting it in its title, there is an absence of nostalgia but hints of underlying sentimentality. In a press release, the artist opened up about the lessons he learned with mentor Dr. Dre on the road to Oxnard.

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"I feel like he [Dr. Dre] along with the team assembled, brought the best out of me," he said. "We had fun tackling every mood and genre. We learned so much since Malibu. We've seen the world twice and now it's time to bring it back home. Same man, new car!"

On the latest episode of .Paak House Radio, the vibrant artist welcomed friends and collaborators to his crib like Thundercat, comedian Zach Fox, SiR and J.Cole. While on the phone with Cole, the two discussed how their collaboration "Trippy" was a matter of chance and fate. The song is a lovely ode to social norms on love, status and ego.

"I had went to see Dre just on some random sh*t in LA, he was playing a bunch of your joints. This was the joint that stuck out. When he played that song, I was like, 'Yo, what the f**k is this?'" he said.  "All the sh*t he was playing was crazy though, by the way. I was like, "Oh my God, this n*gga album is crazy." But he played that joint and I was particularly like, "Yo, that's the one."

Cole also penned his verse at a friend's house, who happened to live on Oxnard St., where .Paak grew up.

"It just showed me right then and there, it didn't even show me that I was on my path, which it showed me that, but it really showed me that 'Okay, you're on your path,'" he added. "Whatever you're doing- To me, that was like the confirmation for the sh*t you had going on was strong, with this album, you know what I mean?"

The LP, comprised of 14-expertly-produced tracks arrives at 56-minutes. Intertwining itself between genres, Oxnard reaches the depths of jazz influence, while dipping its toes in Carribean culture, and staying true to the Cali vibes associated with Dr. Dre's recording artists. He also pays tribute to Mac Miller on "Cheers" with Q-Tip.

To celebrate the release of Oxnard, the artist is throwing a now sold out, old-school carnival in Oxnard  Saturday (Nov. 17). Events include with games, food, and rides with a live performance, a Q&A with a very special guest and screening of a mini-doc about the album.

Stream Oxnard below and listen to his latest episode of .Paak House Radio here.

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Aaron Aye Delivers Bop-Worthy Truths On New LP, 'F.E.A.R."

Some artists love to boast about their bars and nayhoos, but Aaron Aye truly has it all. The singer and rapper blend both talents with easy on his LP F.E.A.R.

F.E.A.R. which stands for "False Evidence Appearing Real," sees Aye get personal in his lyrics. In lead single"Roots," the artist highlights loss in many ways. From losing his mother to cancer and losing hope in his dreams, Aye gives out plenty of motivational vitamins to make it past your worries.

It's a recurring theme on F.E.A.R., which isn't a downer at all. Songs like "Over My Head" hand out valuable lessons while providing a groove only the 23-year-old can deliver. He's been compared to A-List talent like J. Cole and Drake for his honest storytelling, a factor that drifts in and out of popular music way too often.

With F.E.A.R., Aye speaks of peace and the importance of faith. Through the LP fans can hear how the L.A. artist overcame grief, depression and anxiety while building a positive sonic forcefield.

Make sure to give Aaron Aye a listen, he's more than worth it.


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Listen To An Unheard J Dilla Production On Common's "HER Love"

Grammy Award-winning rapper and entertainer, Common, has dropped his new single and music video entitled "HER Love," featuring Daniel Caesar with a special appearance from Dwele. The track also features an unreleased beat from the late J Dilla. 

"HER Love" has a signature beat from J Dilla and a soulful hook from Caesar. Common delivers a story that is dedicated to hip-hop, much like his 1994 classic “I Used to Love H.E.R.” Before his untimely passing, Dilla and Common worked on a vast amount of the rapper's music, including the albums Like Water For Chocolate, Electric Circus and Finding Forever cuts "Southside" with Kanye West and "So Far to Go" with D'Angelo.

"HER Story" plays out like a State of the Rap Union as he addresses the rise and expansion of hip-hop throughout the past 25 years while highlighting his own journey.

"At 21, you knew I was savage/ But you said, "Common, you will never be average "/It's a cold world, we need JAY/If you could dot com, you could dot K." The rapper pays homage to some of the hip-hop's current artists and goes also to pay respects to YG, Gucci Mane, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, among others.

Director of the cinematic visual, Savanah Leaf introduces her thought-provoking perspective. Leaf has partnered with an extensive list of elite clients including Roc Nation, Sony Music Group, Nike, Adidas and Capitol Records.

The music video was screened at The Annenberg Space for Photography in association with "CONTACT HIGH: A Visual History of Hip-Hop" an exhibit on display in Los Angeles.

"HER Story" is the single from his forthcoming album Let Love Have the Last Word. 

Reflecting on his music, the artist tells VIBE, “I love music so much. And on Let Love, this recommitting, rebirth and 're love,’ if that’s a word, just came to fruition. Music has always been the genesis of my creative life and it feels more than fulfilling more than wonderful, and a joy that is hard to wrap up, to be giving my whole self to it again.”

Check out the visual for "HER Story" below.

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DaniLeigh To Bring Her Killer Dance Moves To Chicago's Ruido Fest

DaniLeigh is making this year's Festival SZN one to the remember. The Dominican multi-hyphenated artist is heading to Chicago this weekend for Ruido Fest.

Ruido Fest, also known as the Latin Alternative Music festival will run from June 21 to June 23 with some of the best Latinx emerging acts in music. Fresh off the success of her remix for "Easy" with Chris Brown, the singer will perform on Saturday at the Toyota Music Den. Her set along with other performances from Girl Ultra, Jesse Baez and Marrón is in tandem with the Toyota Latino platform.

Este lineup está 🔥. Chicago, nos vemos este fin de semana en #RuidoFest para que la música se escuche #MásLoud. pic.twitter.com/GAFUdZwJU7

— Toyota Latino (@ToyotaLatino) June 18, 2019

DaniLeigh recently delivered  sultry visuals with Brown for the remix to her latest single, "Easy." Their chemistry was undeniable in the Divad-directed video as the two danced in sync to her chill track. The video quickly went viral on YouTube and has reached over 7 million views in a matter of days.

The 22-year-old South Florida native got her big break in the industry when she directed a music video for her late mentor Prince. Her recent release The Plan featured her buzzy single "Lil Bebe" which also spawned a remix by Lil Baby.

Other talented chicas at Ruido Fest include Jarina De Marco, Tatiana Haze and  Tomasa Del Real.

Check out the music video for "Easy (Remix) below.


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