Five months after dropping Oxnard, Anderson .Paak returns with his brand new album titled Ventura.
For his latest project, the California native decided to take a more soulful approach, compared to his hip-hop heavy Oxnard.
The 11-track LP is loaded with features from R&B acts including Smokey Robinson, Brandy, Jazmine Sullivan, Lalah Hathaway and Sonyae Elise. It also includes appearances from OutKast’s André 3000 and late rapper Nate Dogg.
Ventura was created at the same time as Oxnard. Originally, both projects were going to drop simultaneously. However, Oxnard ended up coming out first.
In an interview with Vibe, .Paak came up with an interesting analogy to compare the two works. “It’s like one album (Oxnard) you could listen to if you’re going to the city, and the other one (Ventura) you can listen to on your way back,” he said.
He continued, “[Oxnard and Ventura] are both very ambitious albums…I love being able to put them in different contexts. I was able to do that with this album probably the most and at the same time, kind of an ode to Speakerboxxx/The Love Below (OutKast, 2003) and albums that really molded me, Life After Death (Notorious B.I.G, 1997) and the era I come up in.”
Last month, .Paak wrapped up his Andy’s Beach Club 2019 Tour. On May 17, he will kick off his Best Teef in the Game Tour in Nashville, Tennessee with special guest Thundercat. Earl Sweatshirt, Noname, Mac DeMarco and Jessie Reyez will join .Paak and Thundercat on select dates. The tour will conclude on June 27 at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Fransico, California.
In the meantime, .Paak is gearing up to perform at Coachella this weekend.
Stream Ventura by Anderson .Paak below.
Anderson .Paak’s Best Teef in the Game Tour Dates
May 17 – Nashville, TN @ Ascend Amphitheater *
May 20 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica *
May 21 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Met Philadelphia *
May 23 – Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena *
May 26 – Westbrook, ME (Portland) @ Maine Savings Pavilion at Rock Row *
May 28 – Baltimore, MD @ MECU Pavilion *
May 30 – New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden *
June 1 – Toronto, ON @ RBC Echo Beach **
June 2 – Detroit, MI (Rochester Hills) @ Meadow Brook Amphitheatre ^
June 4 – Chicago, IL @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island **
June 6 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater **
June 7 – Atlanta, GA @ Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park **
June 8 – New Orleans, LA @ Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square **
June 11 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center #
June 12 – Dallas, TX (Irving) @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory #
June 14 – Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre *
June 16 – Las Vegas, NV @ Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort *
June 19 – Vancouver, BC @ PNE Forum *
June 20 – Seattle WA @ WaMu Theater *
June 22 – Portland, OR @ McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheatre *
June 27 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium *
Thundercat appears on all dates
Earl Sweatshirt *
Mac DeMarco #
Jessie Reyez ^