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Published on December 9th, 2018 | by Guest Editor


Anderson .Paak releases visuals for “Tints” off his just released 14 track LP Oxnard.

In the Colin Tilley-directed visual, you’ll find Anderson taking on different roles as he shifts into different characters with the assist from Kendrick Lamar. At the beginning of this month, multi-talented rapper, drummer, producer, and bandleader Anderson .Paak shared a brand-new single, “Tints”, featuring his fellow Southern California-native hip-hop star/Dr. Dre protege Kendrick Lamar. The track was initially unveiled during an appearance by Anderson .Paak on Beats 1 with Zane Lowe after multiple weeks of teasing the collaboration.

The track’s beat evokes the aesthetic of the golden-age, West Coast hip-hop in which both artists grew up and which .Paak kept alive on his Grammy-nominated sophomore LP, Malibu. “Tints” begs to be blasted with the windows down as you cruise down the 405-something both artists were no-doubt aware of when they cleverly made the song about needing tints on their windows to keep the paparazzi out of their business (“Bitch, I’m Kendrick Lamar. Respect me from afar”).

Now, as the lead-up to .Paak’s highly-anticipated new album, Oxnard, intensifies, he has shared a new official music video for “Tints” directed by Colin Tilley, who’s made videos for artists like Rihanna, Nicki Minaj, Future.  The surreal video features a number of shocking visuals of .Paak and Lamar. Mirroring the sentiments of the track, the video begins with a quote from Edgar Allen Poe: “Believe none of what you hear, and only half of what you see.”  Throughout the clip Paak and Lamar pop up as multiple characters-.Paak appears as a kidnapped man, a father, and more, while Kendrick hangs out in his room with the grim reaper and visits the strip club. Dr. Dre also makes a cameo.

“Tints” is the third track from .Paak’s freshly released, Dr. Dre-produced album Oxnard. So far, he’s released the songs “Bubblin” and “Til It’s Over,” which premiered in an Apple HomePod ad featuring FKA Twigs and directed by Spike Jonze. His latest album Malibu was released in 2016.

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