NxWorries “Yes Lawd!”

Art by Jaye Jungmin Ahn

Art by Jaye Jungmin Ahn

Fresh off of the heals of his fantastic sophomore album, “Malibu,” R&B singer and rapper Anderson.Paak teams up with producer Knxwledge, forming the group NxWorries and releasing their first LP, “Yes Lawd!” Anderson.Paak continues to be one of the most promising new talents of the year, if “Yes Lawd!” is anything to go by. Paak is a lively presence in this entire album, with a silky smooth voice that fits right into Knxwledge’s beats. Speaking of which, the production provided by Knxwledge is also top notch. With prominent bass grooves and fuzzed out backing vocals, most of these songs are extremely lively and great to groove to, especially songs like “Link Up” or “Lyk Dis”. The samples also add to the theming of the album, the most noticeable one being a sample from the television show “Rick and Morty” in the song “Can’t Stop,” a standalone track by Knxwledge.

“Yes Lawd!” provides sheer enjoyment most of the way through, although it is clear that the album is more of an experiment than a cohesive project. The album definitely has standout moments, such as humorous skits such as on “Jodi” where Paak (with a pitched up voice) and Knxwledge retell a post-sex scene, or moments of heartfelt reflection on songs like “Best One”, where Paak shows his appreciation for a woman who let him live with her when he was homeless for a time. However, the songs themselves don’t easily stick in the memory. This is mainly because there are 19 songs on this album, all of which are three minutes or less in length.  However, as an experiment, it works well, and proves how well of a pairing these two can be.