Anderson .Paak on 'Oxnard': "This Is the Album I Dreamed of Making in High School"

“I feel like ambition is missing from today’s music.”
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Anderson .Paak’s highly anticipated third studio album under the .Paak moniker, Oxnard, is nearly here. With thousands of songs in the vault for the record, and with Dr. Dre’s guiding hand, the album is shaping up to be .Paak’s potential opus. Speaking with Rolling Stone, the 32-year-old revealed that the drive to execute Oxnard has been part of him since high school.

“I feel like ambition is missing from today’s music,” he said. “This is the album I dreamed of making in high school, when I was listening to [Jay-Z]’s The Blueprint, The Game’s The Documentary, and [Kanye West’s] The College Dropout.”

That’s not a bad list of inspirations, to say the least. As .Paak prattles off the seminal works he hopes Oxnard mirrors, it’s easy to get excited about the quality of the album, which .Paak also revealed will be executive produced by Dr. Dre and contain at least one beat by revered producer Madlib. Yet, with a jury of JAY-Z and Kanye West, Anderson .Paak is thankfully not cracking under the pressure.

“I just think it’s gonna be the next album, you know?” he explained. “If you’re only as good as your last album. I put everything into this man. My wife fucking hates me, I’m not even getting to see my kids all the time because I’m in the studio all the time. This is it. This is everything I have.”

With Anderson .Paak combining his long-standing passion for music with an impressive drive and uncanny ability to consistently exceed expectations, it’s likely Oxnard may be his Blueprint. At the very least, it is one of the most anticipated albums of 2018.

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