Favorite Albums of 2016: #04 – ‘Malibu’ by Anderson .Paak


My favorite memory… listening to ‘Malibu’… was on the return to Hollywood (from WonderCon) with “The Danger Sandwich” rolling in the passenger seat. At the corner of my eye, I could see his fingers tapping on my window to the beat of “Celebrate”. Must’ve been speeding beyond 70mph on the 5 Freeway; crisp clear Saturday all around us. Anytime that human to music connection happens in my car shows me how great the collective experience of truly listening to music is. Talk about primo music conditions for an album like this. Because Paak’s  ‘Malibu’ defines my California soundtrack.

Anderson Paak @ Hard Summer

Anderson Paak @ Hard Summer

Anderson .Paak’s 2016 sophomore LP heightens lazy days in LA. You can’t go wrong with its melting pop of musical genres & vintage interludes. The multi-talented Dr. Dre Protégée builds this eclectic structure within simple means. But each lyric not only defines Paak as a artist, but as a man. You can learn so much of his past struggles just by examine each lyric. It doesn’t get any more personal then Malibu. You can even smell the sweetness of a honey comb tree through each precise beat. There is no fluff. Just good times. Blame the drums. Which Anderson performs masterfully. Had the chance to see Paak live twice in 2016 & they both rank quite high on my favorite shows of the year too. Especially that surprise BET Experience spot.

Your life will change if you walk down the Malibu boardwalk starting with track one. Trust me… that heart won’t stand a chance.

Noteworthy Tracks:

  • “Come Down”
  • “Celebrate”
  • “Heart Don’t Stand A Chance”
  • “Put Me Thru”
  • “Silicon Valley”

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