NXWORRIES SHARES NEW SINGLE “GET BIGGER”
YES LAWD! LP DUE OUT OCTOBER 21 VIA STONES THROW RECORDS
Credit: Eric Coleman
Two weeks ago, NxWorries, the collaborative project between R&B vocalist Anderson .Paak and producer Knxwledge, announced that their debut LP Yes Lawd! is set to be released on October 21st via Stones Throw Records. Today, the duo are back to share a new single from the album. “Get Bigger” sees Anderson .Paak recounting the point in his life when he first started to make music and realized that it was his true calling. The single mixes .Paak’s uniquely raspy vocals with Knxwledge’s laid back but complex production, and it follows “Lyk Dis,” the first single from Yes Lawd!
Check out “Get Bigger” above, and find “Lyk Dis,” as well as more information about NxWorries and details on Yes Lawd! below.
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YES LAWD! As tempting as it may be to just let that exclamation suffice as your sole introduction to NxWorries, we should go a little deeper. The men at the heart of this LP – make an exceedingly clean pair, even as they deal almost entirely in the gritty: vocals that sound lived in for a couple of lifetimes; beats that kick up dust as they bump; and a 19-track set that plays like a mixtape merging skits, songs, and snippets into a package of fluid groove and rough-cut rap ‘n’ soul gems. You may have heard these two out in the world, on their own or sprinkling some of their musical gold dust on someone else’s songs, but this is what happens when they get home, lay back, light up, and let it go.
If there’s a Blaxploitation vibe to Yes Lawd!, that’s just the depth of NxWorries’ funk and strut showing. If there’s gospel in the grits, that’s the history of the cooks. Each grew up with religion. It was Knxwledge’s job to tidy up the family church in Jersey as a kid, and when he was done, he got to play on the instruments. Better still, when those instruments went bad, he kept them. Similarly, he’d soon find sounds in his growing vinyl cache, and when he moved to Los Angeles in 2008 as a beat maker, his compositions ensured he’d be home at Stones Throw. His hypnotically dank 2015 LP Hud Dreems was the tip of an iceberg – 75 Bandcamp collections, and counting. But .Paak pushed forward, building a career via imaginative albums (2015 Venice, and 2016’s Malibu), and collaborations that always seem to make him the star, even when he’s just there to sing the hook.
So when they got together, of course it was going to flow. As Knx points out, one of the reasons it’s taken so long to deliver Yes Lawd! is the fact that every time they get together, they make more music. Their come-up was strangely synchronicitous too. Knx landed on Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly (“Momma”) after the Aftermath MC heard one his beats on Knx’s Bandcamp-culling Anthology
On Yes Lawd!, .Paak – who calls the album “my best work” – plays a theatrically brash version of himself who sings like a ’70s superstar and talks shit like a stone cold player. But the performance is seeded with details from his life, which has seen a fair share of struggle and hard-won triumph. Meanwhile, Knx weaves a tapestry of sampled bits and live fragments-bass, brass and violin-that smooths everything over, reminding us that despite whatever struggle it took to get here… well, you already know the name: NxWorries.
(October 21, Stones Throw)
Vinyl pre-order: http://bit.ly/2cL4l6P
4. Best One
5. What More Can I Say
7. Lyk Dis
8. Can’t Stop
9. Get Bigger / Do U Luv
12. Scared Money
17. Link Up
18. Another Time