Earlier this year, Anderson .Paak promised fans not one, but two albums in 2018: one solo record and one with his band The Free Nationals. New music from Anderson .Paak is highly anticipated within the hip-hop community following the enormous praise generated by his Grammy-nominated breakthrough album, Malibu, in 2016. So far this year he’s appeared on the Black Panther soundtrack, and his music was featured in a visually striking Spike Jonze-directed Apple commercial starring FKA Twigs. Today, .Paak released a brand new solo track, “Bubblin”, which was originally debuted on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 radio program this morning.
In this morning’s radio interview, .Paak expressed that “Bubblin” is just one of “65,000 songs in the vault.” The new song is influenced by Jahlil Beats and Antman Wonder, who .Paak described as a “whole lot of fun.” Describing it as “black-007-action-adventure-high-speed-chase type of music,” .Paak said that he also tried to get Lil Sims on the song before he decided to write it alone.
Later in the interview, Anderson .Paak revealed that he’s been working alongside Dr. Dre on the forthcoming solo record, who he says has “been very instrumental to taking it to the next level.” Dr. Dre has apparently been involved in the entire creative process, from writing melodies to putting together video ideas. “That’s the whole point when you’re working with a really good producer,” .Paak emphasized, “you let them produce.”
There has yet to be an official album announcement from Anderson .Paak on either album, though this single release is certainly a step in the right direction. Dig “Bubblin” by Anderson .Paak below:
Anderson . Paak – “Bubblin”
Watch the official music video below, starring Anderson .Paak, an ATM machine, his adorable break-dancing son, and a bunch of strippers:
Watch Apple’s commercial for HomePod, featuring Anderson .Paak’s “‘Till It’s Over”, available exclusively on Apple Music, below: