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Anderson .Paak Oxnard

Singer, rapper, and drummer Anderson .Paak stole the hearts of critics and fans alike with his debut solo album, Malibu, in 2016. But, Greg argues that his half dozen features on Dr. Dre's 2015 album Compton initially put .Paak on the map for many listeners. Dr. Dre returns the favor here, producing Oxnard: Anderson's ode to his hometown of Oxnard, California. Both Greg and Jim agree that the production shines here, and Jim is happy that the sound returns to the groovy, old-school roots of West Coast G-Funk. He thinks the album has a "wonderful, sunny vibe"; but, Oxnard is ulimately“a letdown.”According to Jim, tracks like "6 Summers" sum up“everything that's wrong with the record.”He laments that lyrically, .Paak has“nothing to say”and can‘t decide whether he wants to be a“mack daddy”or“woke.”Greg complicates that idea, noting that the conflictedness of the album reflects .Paak’s upbringing: he was raised in church in a community surrounded by a darker street element. They both agree that the record loses steam by the end, and that it's propped up by big-name cameos from rappers like Kendrick Lamar and Q-Tip. Greg adds that .Paak is a better artist than that and should be making records that don't need those kind of crutches."

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Black Panther The Album Music From And Inspired ByBlack Panther available on iTunes

Kendrick Lamar & Anderson Paak & the Weeknd & SZA & Vince Staples Black Panther

The film Black Panther has broken all sorts of box office records, but its the soundtrack that has caught Jim and Greg's attention. Helmed by Kendrick Lamar, the album features a stars like SZA, the Weeknd and Anderson Paak; but Greg notes that lesser known artists like singer Jorja Smith and South African rapper Yugen Blakrock are“the real revelation”here. Greg says Blakrock goes toe to toe and holds her own against Vince Staples on Opps. He adds that producer Sounwave contributes a“haunted”Carribean sound. Jim loves the "musical variety: R&B, rap, afro soul, and South African pop. He notes that though the album isn't as closely connected to the film as Curtis Mayfield's 1972 classic Super Fly, it is "a wonderful companion to the film". Jim and Greg give the album a double Buy It.

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Go to episode 640
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Best Albums of 2016…So Far

Greg and Jim just couldn't wait until December to talk about some of their new favorite albums. They discuss some of the best records of 2016 so far. Here are their complete lists:

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Best Albums of 2016

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SXSW 2016

The South by Southwest Conferences in Austin, Texas showcase a whole host of creative content from films to developing technologies to new media. But for Greg and Jim, the chief purpose of attending is to discover their favorite new artists. Check out their picks for the best of 2016's SXSW.

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