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Moments ago, Anderson .Paak released his second album in just six months. Ventura follows a series of SoCal city-themed releases over the last five years. Paak follows 2014’s Venice, 2016’s Grammy-nominated Malibu, as well as last year’s Oxnard with another piece of audio geography. The Aftermath/12 Tone Music Group release has some high-profile features. Following last week’s “Make It Better,” featuring R&B legend Smokey Robinson, Ventura also reveals work with OutKast’s André 3000.
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Three Stacks’ rapping is included on album opener, “Come Home.” Like “Make It Better,” this song deals with trying to repair love and family. Anderson opens the song with sweet and soulful singing, begging to be untied and “let loose” from a spiritually damaging relationship. However, fitting for the complexities of any bond, the tone shifts to a plead to “come home” to figure out what needs mending. At 3:00 into the song, ‘Dre appears with a broken flow akin to some of his mid-2000s. “You’re all I need, all of me on my knees / Normally harmony, bumblebee, hummingbird / I’m a nerd, study you / What are you, WWF? / We fightin’, we might need counseling / Possibly more so me / Sounds to me frowns’ll be grounds to leave,” he begins. The style persists with a sprinkle of wordplay and compound couplets that fall in line with Andy’s message. “I’m begging now, pretty please with cherries on top / Hairy wet tw*t / Harriet Tub-man, I don’t give up / And if your gut tells you to strut, then strut / Then I’ll hail you a car, but what man won’t beg? / You know I’m nutmeg / I will show up on a lil’ moped / With a lil’ puppy, it’ll be fluffy / You will un-toughen, we can discuss it / You know I’m sufferin’, I do miss my friend.”
Jairus “J Mo” Mozee plays on the song, the guitarist/producer who has worked with BJ The Chicago Kid, Jill Scott, and Anthony Hamilton, in addition to work on Oxnard. In January, André 3000 appeared on James Blake’s “Where’s The Catch?”
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In addition to new music from the Grammy-winning Anderson .Paak and André, the official AFH playlist includes songs from Billy Danze, Tobe Nwigwe, Aaron May, Audio Push, 2 Chainz, J. Cole, Nas, Westside Gunn, Boogie, Eminem, Big K.R.I.T., Pharoahe Monch, Denzel Curry, Benny The Butcher, Atmosphere, Masta Ace & Marco Polo, Apollo Brown & Joell Ortiz, Drake, AZ, Bun B, Wu-Tang Clan, Evidence, and others.