Arriving just six months after the solid Oxnard, the new LP features special guest collaborators André 3000, Smokey Robinson, late rapper Nate Dogg, Brandy, and Jazmine Sullivan, among others. It spans a total of 11 tracks, with titles such as “Make It Better”, “Come Home”, “Yada Yada”, and “King James”, which is expected to hit streaming platforms Thursday evening. Update: You can stream “King James” here.
Additionally, .Paak revealed the Ventura album cover. Its image shows the R&B/hip-hop musician snuggling up to what appears to be his young son, Soul Rasheed.
Ventura was recorded at the same time as Oxnard and again finds Dr. Dre acting as executive producer Like its predecessor, the new album was inspired by his early days growing up in Southern California:
“Growing up in Oxnard gave me the grit and the church to find this voice of mine. One town over I went further and found my depth. The duality of each place inspired me greatly and from that I made two albums at the exact same time but held one back because that would have been too many songs to perform live for you all! I like ending things on an even number so welcome to Ventura.”
Peep the album artwork and full tracklist below. To get hyped, make sure to stock up up on .Paak’s vinyl releases by heading on over here.
01. Come Home (feat. André 3000)
02. Make It Better (feat. Smokey Robinson)
03. Reachin’ 2 Much (feat. Lalah Hathaway)
04. Winners Circle
05. Good Heels (feat. Jazmine Sullivan)
06. Yada Yada
07. King James
08. Chosen One (feat. Sonyae Elise)
09. Jet Black (feat. Brandy)
11. What Can We Do? (feat. Nate Dogg)
— Anderson .Blacked (@AndersonPaak) March 14, 2019
.Paak is out supporting Ventura on his “Best Teef in the Game Tour”, which is currently in Europe and is scheduled to hit North America in May. Joining him on the entire trek is Thundercat, while select dates will feature Earl Sweatshirt, Noname, and Mac DeMarco. Grab your tickets here.
Last summer, .Paak appeared on an episode of This Must Be the Gig, where he discussed some of his earliest concerts. Revisit that below.
Revisit Oxnard single “Tints” featuring Kendrick Lamar: