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On “Tints,” Anderson .Paak & Kendrick Lamar Step Out Dripping in Swagger

With ceremonious horns and the prattle of hollow drums, “Tints” is the soundtrack to stepping out on the town every moment of your life.

It is Anderson .Paak season; the season of giving. 

On “Tints,” the first official single off .Paak’s forthcoming album, Oxnard, Anderson and Kendrick Lamar keep the summer alive in sound and in form. With ceremonious horns and the prattle of hollow percussion, “Tints” is the soundtrack to stepping out on the town every moment of your life.

.Paak and Kendrick take us to sunny California, where it never rains and the roof is always down. “Tints” is celebratory and bright, but doesn’t teeter into blinding, cloyingly sweet territory. Instead, the song is endowed with a flawless and effortlessly flowing swagger. Lamar’s verse is equally boastful, with a dash of his cadence alluding to his “Fuckin’ Problems” verse (“Bitch, I’m Kendrick Lamar, respect me from afar") before reminding everyone he is not to be trifled with.

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“Tints” is equal parts thrilling and free spirited, just loose enough to tumble into before catching a downwind and coasting by. Whipping “110 with a bad bitch,” .Paak makes the lawless sound frivolous and fanciful. 

It may be fall on the East Coast, but with his Aftermath debut Oxnard on the way, we are getting served a truly endless summer. Anderson .Paak might need tints bad, but hip-hop needs the album ten times more.

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