Am I Wrong
Label: Steel Wool / OBE / Art Club / EMPIRE
Anderson Paak promises, “Keep your eyes on me/Your heart don’t stand a chance.” He’s probably right. The L.A. musician has ascended in tastemaker circles following a star-making appearance on Dr. Dre’s Compton, and his Malibu finds him at his loosest and most charismatic. It’s not as focused as his 2014 future soul valentine to his hometown Venice, and he often sounds like he’s riffing, floating between raspy-sounding vocals and straight-up rapping on “The Waters,” and dipping into fusion jazz on “Your Prime.” As he flips a deep house groove on “Am I Wrong,” and claims he’s “a product of the tube and the free lunch” on “The Dreamer,” he sounds like he can do anything he wants.