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Anderson .Paak says forthcoming album Ventura will pay homage to Outkast & Notorious B.I.G.


Mike Coppola/Getty Images for BillboardAnderson .Paak has shared new details about his forthcoming album, Ventura — which, like his previous albums Oxnard, Venice and Malibu, is named after a place in his home state of California.

In a new interview with VIBE, the “Bubblin” lyricist explains, “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.”

.Paak also revealed that his highly-anticipated effort will pay homage to the likes of Outkast and Notorious B.I.G. According to .Paak, both the Atlanta duo and late rapper have heavily influenced his current sound.

“[Ventura is] kind of an ode to [Outkast’s 2003 album] Speakerboxxx/The Love Below and albums that really molded me, like [Bigge’s 1997 album] Life After Death and the era I came up in,” he explains.

He adds, “It’s one of those crazy things where you need some chill stuff, something that’s soothing but also still got that bop to it.”

.Paak also dished on the process of crafting the project and his experience working with “icons” like Dr. Dre on the album, who he says gave him free range to have fun. 

“[I’m] just having such a creative spurt,” the Grammy-winning artist said. ”I don’t know when it will happen again, but I feel like I got that off on this one.”

Ventura is due to arrive on April 12, and serve as a follow-up to 2018’s Oxnard, which was released back in November.

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