By Tory Rosso
Easy, breezy, beautiful, like the west coast where he was born and raised, Anderson Paak’s Oxnard elevates the artist to new heights. Being the final release in the trilogy of his “California” records, with Venice (2014) and Malibu (2016) preceding, Oxnard is easily his most decorated album to date.
This is Paak’s first release after signing with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment and he spared no expense garnering all the bells and whistles when it came to production and collaboration. With Dre acting as executive producer, you can hear his signature west coast production throughout, crafting a luxurious amalgamation of hip hop and funk. A recipe so delicious, it’s just what the Doctor ordered. On top of all the glamorous arrangements, the album also boasts some impressive features, from an all-star cast that includes Kendrick Lamar, Pusha T, Snoop Dogg, J. Cole and Q-Tip.
A delightful boost to the contemporary hip hop sound, Oxnard is eclectic in that it can take you back to the ’90s era of G funk and still make time for a trap beat or two. Paak Stated, “This is the album I dreamed of making in high school” and it just might bring you back to yours if you let it.Aftermath Entertainment, Anderson .Paak, Oxnard, Record Review