This Just In: Yes Lawd!

NxWorries is a collaboration A LOT of people have been excited about, and their full-length drops today on Stones Throw. Knxwledge has been one of Sweat’s best-selling hip-hop artists for a couple years, and Anderson .Paak’s releases are highly sought after, especially after his appearance on Dr. Dre’s Compton album. Oh, and Knx contributed to Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly, which, as you all know, was a global hip-hop phenomenon. As a group their influences span soul, r&b, funk, gospel, and of course, hip-hop – all of which are represented thoroughly on Yes Lawd! The overall quality isn’t super shiny and polished either, which ads the the atmosphere and feel, creating an immersive, almost live listening experience, uncommon to a lot of currently popular hip-hop and rap. This stuff is definitely tried and true. Take a listen to a track below and come grab the record before it sells out (yes, it will). Hip-hop not your thing? Lots of other great in-stocks this week as well in the list below… -MLE

NxWorries – Yes Lawd! 2LP
Listen: “Get Bigger”
YES LAWD! As temping 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 — soul styler Anderson .Paak and loop beast Knxwledge — 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 an 18-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 .Paak and Knx 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. .Paak was neck deep in those songs when Knxwledge reached out. The singer grew up in Oxnard drumming in his own family’s church. His folks got locked up when he was a teen, and while he’d eke by on odd jobs (grocer, trimmer, personal assistant), he was homeless for a spell with a newborn son. But .Paak pushed forward, building a career via imaginative albums (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 release. And it was NxWorries’ first single, the unforgettable ‘Suede,’ that got Dr. Dre’s attention, earning .Paak’s no fewer than eight appearances on the Compton album and, ultimately, a deal with Aftermath. The point is: neither is a stranger to the head-down hustle, even if each was born for the spotlight. Which feeds back into the theme of NxWorries’ debut.

On Yes Lawd!, .Paak – who calls the album ‘my best work’ – plays 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. -Stones Throw


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Like (of Pac Div) – Songs Made While High LP*
Love & Rockets – S/T (200g) LP*
M83 – Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming 2LP
Madonna – Ray Of Light 2LP*
Makaveli – The Don Killuminati 2LP
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Michael Jackson – Bad LP
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Miles Davis – Birth Of The Cool LP
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Red Hot Chili Peppers – Greatest Hits 2LP
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