Denmark Vessey, the Detroit rapper named in honor of the man behind the planning of what could have become the largest slave revolt in North America in 1822, dropped Sun Go Nova, an album broken into two parts: a 5-track EP produced entirely by Earl Sweatshirt and Knxwledge and a beat tape produced by Denmark himself.
A soulful and intricate production, Denmark describes his work as “alternative and left-field… not light substance-wise, but light in that I want people to think of it as a treat, a little instance of coolness, a flash in the moment but not to be forgotten.” I can attest that while simply listening to the album can get anyone to bob their head, understanding the immense substance and meaning he’s spitting in his verses is an experience that’ll really get the mind going. From drawing analogies from the sun to expressing the need for Ethiopian coffee, Denmark delivers on his chilled, unique beats at an energetic and passionate pace.
As one of the leading duos currently in the game, Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge show no signs of slowing anytime soon. The force recognized as NxWorries dropped off their debut album last October, titled Yes Lawd!, showcasing their unparalleled sonic chemistry throughout each of the tracks.
On the heels of his constant stream of catchy loosies and remixes, New York’s own GEOTHEORY hits our pages for the first time with his stellar remix of “Suede.” GEOTHEORY injects the already smooth lead single from Yes Lawd! with an array of melodies that seamlessly dance together in a call-and-response fashion. Topped off with electrifying synths and basslines, GEOTHEORY strikes gold with his latest flip.
Stream GEOTHEORY’s remix of “Suede” below
NxWorries, the brain child of Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge, dropped one of the smoothest albums last October titled Yes Lawd! Since then, the duo has kept the ball rolling with performances on The Tonight Show and F is For Fendi—leading the pack today with the visuals for “Scared Money.” The Calmatic-directed video pays homage to Paid in Full as a throwback to 1988, standing as the latest Yes Lawd! track to receive a proper visual treatment. Wrapping up with a fresh remix of “Best One,” set to be featured on the full-length Yes Lawd! remix album, NxWorries continues to expand their repertoire of top-notch content.
Check out the visuals for “Scared Money” below.
It’s been a banner year for Anderson .Paak, who earlier this January erupted into the scene with his triumphant Malibu album. On the heels of touring with his band The Free Nationals, .Paak shows no signs of slowing anytime soon as he expands his creative endeavors with acclaimed producer Knxwledge, together known as NxWorries. The powerful duo recently unveiled their debut album named after .Paak’s iconic tagline, Yes Lawd! Building upon “Suede” and “Lyk Dis,” the project showcases a blend of lo-fi hip-hop production and sensual, seductive lyrics throughout to create one of the smoothest listens you’ll hear in 2016.
Stream Yes Lawd! below and grab your copy on here.
Anderson .Paak has been having an insane year.
Fresh off his Malibu tour and the critical acclaim surrounding his debut album, .Paak and producer Knxwledge, known together as NxWorries, have announced Yes Lawd! will drop October 21. Their debut album is named after .Paak’s infamous cry and follows last year’s Link Up & Suede EP. Yes Lawd! will feature both “Link-Up” and “Suede,” the latter of which helped .Paak score six features on Dr. Dre‘s Compton, as well as a spot on Aftermath Entertainment.
To commemorate the release, NxWorries has shared another single titled “Lyk Dis,” showcasing a combination of .Paak and Knxwledge’s combined talents. With silky smooth instrumentation supplementing his sultry vocals, the latest peak of Yes Lawd! is sure to hold us down until the full release.
Check out “Lyk Dis” below, with Yes Lawd! available for pre-order digitally and on vinyl.
[Cover image by Tom Johnson]
As part of the Adult Swim Singles Series, Earl Sweatshirt and Knxwledge have shared their latest collab, “Balance.” Knxwledge, who’s also slated to release a full-length album with Anderson .Paak later this year as NxWorries, lays up Earl with ethereal production with distant melodies. Earl spills introspective verses with ease, demonstrating his knack for brevity. Although the track runs a hair over a minute long, its smooth vibes make for a repeat-worthy joint.
Stream and download “Balance” below.
As promised, the multitalented duo of Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge, known together as NxWorries (“no worries”), released their Link Up & Suede EP tonight. With six smooth tracks to showcase their seamless synergy, the project is a little taste of what we can expect from their currently untitled full-length collaboration set to drop next year.
Earlier today, Paak also officially announced the release date of his upcoming album, Malibu, the follow-up to his wavy Venice album from 2014. Malibu is scheduled to drop next year on January 15th, with appearances from the likes of Madlib, BJ the Chicago Kid, Rapsody, and more.
Enjoy the soul and groove-laced trip below and snag your own copy of Link Up & Suede on iTunes. Also be sure to secure a vinyl copy here.
UPDATE: The pre-order for Malibu is also live on iTunes.
Anderson .Paak: Twitter // SoundCloud
Knxwledge: Twitter // Bandcamp
As the sonic duo NxWorries (“no worries”), Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge are continuing to shake speakers worldwide with their latest track, “Link Up.” The track is the second single we’ve heard off their upcoming Link Up & Suede EP, which is set to be released December 4th via Stone Throw Records. For the (somehow) unfamiliar, Paak is Oxnard’s multitalented rapper, singer, producer, drummer, overall artist who recently launched an onslaught of powerful tracks into the industry. Knxwledge has well over a whopping 50 projects of productions, flips, and the like under his belt, alongside production credits for Joey Bada$$, Blu, and Kendrick Lamar, and has crafted his own unique style manifested by versatility.
Although Zane Lowe premiered the cut earlier this morning via his Beats 1 radio show, “Link Up” has been under our noses for a while now, as the two performed the track to open their Boiler Room set in Moscow earlier this year (albeit we were and still lack an official studio version).
Currently only available to pre-order on vinyl, the EP will feature six tracks, as well as the instrumentals for “Link Up” and “Suede.” NxWorries is also planning a full-length project for due for release sometime in 2016. Secure your pre-order of Link Up & Suede here and peep the full Boiler Room set below.
Anderson .Paak: Twitter // SoundCloud
Knxwledge: Twitter // Bandcamp
Oxnard’s Anderson Paak and Jersey-born, now LA-based Knxwledge have recently formed the sultry duo recognized as NxWorries. Paak has been generating well-deserved buzz lately with his appearance on Dr. Dre‘s Compton, and since then has been pictured in the studio with hip-hop legends like 9th Wonder. If Knxwledge doesn’t ring a bell, he is an ever-growing producer with an equally extensive discography (see for yourself) and has produced for hip-hop moguls including Joey Bada$$, the late Capital Steez, and even Kendrick Lamar.
NxWorries blends Paak’s saucy vocal work over Knxwledge’s wavy production. Their debut single together “Suede,” showcases their seamless chemistry and draws from soul icon Gil Scott-Heron. Currently wrapping up the 2015 Ready to Leave Now tour alongside Earl Sweatshirt and Remy Banks, NxWorries continues to push the boundaries of music, refusing to be confined by genre barriers.
Catch the visuals for the track below and cop it on iTunes.