Just less than a year since their debut EP release, ‘Link Up & Suede’, Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge return as NxWorries for the debut of their full length album release coming in at a hefty 18 tracks + instrumental.
NxWorries (pronounced “No Worries”) if you don’t already know, although if you’re a Nation of Billions regular you should know by now, is the joint project from duo Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge. October 21st see’s the release of their debut ‘YES LAWD!’ the album, which kicks off with their first single ‘Lyk Dis’, a signature smooth and instantly repayable single. Teasing us nicely into what promises to be an 18-track project set to play like a mixtape, the duo merge skits, songs, and snippets into a seamlessly fluid groove, rough-cut into rap ‘n’ soul gems.
‘YES LAWD!’ is all about kicking it with a Blaxploitation vibe, locked and loaded with a barrel full of funk and strutting through the melodies with grit. Talking dirty for Anderson .Paak comes packed with a healthy dose of sensuality and good loving, hitting the mark almost like a ’70s superstar who talks shit like a stone cold player. Produced by the loop beast, Knxwledge, a fiend for producing beats sampled from his vinyl cache, the beauty is in his milieu of live instrumentation – brass, bass and violin – that lift the occasion.
Timing is everything and with .Paak and Knx it’s their parallel paths that set the course for everything that’s followed since. Knx landed on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly (“Momma”) after the TDE/Aftermath MC heard one his beats on Knx’s Bandcamp Anthology release. NxWorries’ first single, “Suede,” seeded the attention of Dr. Dre eventually leading to .Paak’s making eight appearances on the Compton album and, ultimately, signing a deal with Aftermath.
NxWorries, are the culmination of a meeting of minds and paths, and on ‘YES LAWD!’, .Paak and Knx take us through struggles that could almost have been lived for a couple of lifetimes, all while dealing in the sound of the gritty and the dirty. There’s only one way to let .Paak and Knx get you in the mood – lay back, light up, and let it go.
‘Lyk Dis’ is featured on the NxWorries forthcoming album ‘YES LAWD!’ out Oct. 21 on Stones Throw.