EP Review | Blended Babies – The Anderson .Paak EP

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If any of y’all listened to Dr. Dre’s new album (which you definitely should), you probably remember a guy named Anderson .Paak, who was one of the most pleasant surprises on the project. He kinda sounds like a more soulful version of Kendrick Lamar. He has a fantastic voice. It’s really different sounding. The only thing I can really say about Blended Babies is that they are a production group. That’s really all I know. I think they’re from Los Angeles, but I don’t know for sure. I know I’ve heard some shit that’s been produced by them before, but I can’t remember what it was. I’m pretty sure they’re dope, but I’m really here for Anderson .Paak tho. That motherfucker’s voice is just so great. I’m not really sure why this isn’t being promoted as a joint project, but I guess it doesn’t really matter. I’m expecting this to be really dope. Hopefully I’m not let down. Every track is obviously produced by Blended Babies.

Track 1: So Slow Feat. King Chip

Should I say that every track is featuring Anderson .Paak? Do I really have to? Fuck it. If you didn’t know before you do now. King Chip isn’t an amazing rapper or anything, but I can enjoy his shit from time to time. A lot of it is wack, but he comes through sometimes. .Paak’s singin’ the hook right now. Yes. This is dope. This beat is smooth as fuck. Yup. Blended Babies did they fuckin’ thing on this shit. King Chip is goin’ in on the first verse. To be honest, they probably should’ve put .Paak on the first verse. It doesn’t really make sense that the first verse on The Anderson .Paak EP isn’t from Anderson .Paak. It’s not really that big of a deal tho. Chip’s verse was cool. Okay, here we go. Anderson .Paak is goin’ in now. Hahaha YES. This shit is so cold, man. He sounds so dope when he comes in on this shit. “Young nigga; fresh’ than a son’ bitch / My white ho got her nose in the fun dip.” This is so fuckin’ dope man. I don’t even know what to call this. I can’t say it’s hard because this isn’t really gangsta. I guess it’s smooth. Anderson .Paak is just smooth af. This is some of the smoothest shit I ever heard. Yes. This is fuckin’ great. I definitely fuck with this. Well… I don’t know if I can call it dope af since it didn’t really seem that amazing until Anderson .Paak came in, and to be honest I think I might be ridin’ his nuts a little bit. I really enjoyed it tho. King Chip’s verse wasn’t necessary tho. This could’ve used less King Chip and more Anderson .Paak. I still really like this tho. This is dope. 4/5

Track 2: Make It Work Feat. Asher Roth & Donnie Trumpet (Co-Prod. RamiBeatz)

I think the only song I’ve ever heard from Asher Roth was called I Love College, and if I’m remembering this correctly… It was fucking awful. I don’t know. It’s been a while since I’ve heard it. I’ve also heard that he’s actually really dope, and that that song was only created after he turned into a sellout. I don’t know what to think, so I’m just gonna go into this with no bias (which is honestly rare for me lol). I also don’t know anything about Donnie Trumpet other than the fact that he works with Chance The Rapper a lot, who I don’t even listen to. I’m kinda hoping he’s just a random ass trumpet player. That would actually be dope. Okay, I’m finna start the track now… This beat is dope. .Paak’s singing at the beginning. I cannot get over how fuckin’ smooth this motherfucker’s voice sounds. He did his thing on the hook. This shit is so smooth. I cannot believe how smooth this is. Asher Roth’s about to go in. Damn… This verse is actually kinda dope. I actually really liked his verse on here. He just kept goin’… His laid back delivery was perfect for this production. His verse was dope. Goddamn…

Cosby

Is that Donnie Trumpet? This motherfucker is playin’ that instrument like a motherfucker. This is so goddamn smooth. The trumpet sounds so fuckin’ good over this shit. I usually don’t like songs like this, but it’s just so goddamn smooth and sonically pleasing that I can’t help but fuck with this. Every artist on this bitch did they thing. I definitely fuck with this. This is dope af. Oh shit… I almost forgot to check out the video… Woah… Okay, I’m only 15 seconds in, but I like the direction in which this shit is goin’. They used a bunch of colors and shit. It actually looks good. This isn’t just the typical music video with the musician performing the song around random places in a random city. To be honest, I don’t really feel like describing this music video to y’all. I just don’t feel like it. I was entertained by it tho. It’s not the most amazing shit I’ve ever seen in my life, but it was definitely above average. It’s dope. And this song is definitely dope af. 5/5

Track 3: Drifter II

Anderson .Paak is goin’ in now. What the fuck… The way this song is mixed is so weird. I pretty much just listened to the whole damn song, and the only thing that really stands out is the disjointed mixing… I don’t know if it’s the beat or the vocals, but something about this song is just off. It’s like the verses are 3 bars too short. The drums don’t come in when you expect (or want) them to. Anderson .Paak did his thing I guess, but I just don’t know about this one. What the fuck? I’m listening to it again, and it’s… Anderson .Paak will stop singing for like 8 seconds, and then the drums come in, but they don’t give it enough time. They come in too early… I don’t know. I can’t really fuck with this one. It’s not bad, but… I don’t know. I can’t get behind the production on this bitch. It’s alright I guess. I don’t know. 3/5

Track 4: Cheap Whisky 70’s Riesling

This beat is dope af. Oh man… This beat is great. Anderson .Paak is singin’ right now. Huh. I think this song might be about his dad. The production has kind of a sad aesthetic, and he’s sayin’ shit like “wish I had a chance to like you,” and “I wish I didn’t look just like you.” Yeah this is definitely about his dad. Oh. The beat just changed. Goddamn. These drums are hittin’ harder than a motherfucker. This beat is dope af. Anderson .Paak’s goin’ in now. “If papa could see me…” This is so dope. The production is dope af, and .Paak’s soulful delivery is a perfect match for it. This is dope af. I definitely fuck with this shit. 5/5

Final Thoughts:

That was dope. I’d definitely love to hear a full project from Anderson .Paak. To be honest, this is more R&B than it is Hip Hop if you don’t count the features. It’s still dope tho. Anderson .Paak just comes off so fuckin’ smooth throughout this project. None of the shit he did on here felt as big as it did on Compton, but he was working with fucking Dr. Dre, so that’s to be expected. He still did a great job. I know he’s one half of a group called NxWorries. The other guy is none other than Knxwledge (the same Knxwledge that produced Mama by Kendrick Lamar), so I’d love to hear a project from them. Oh wow. I just found out that he’s a member of the Hellfyre Club. I didn’t know that. That’s dope. I’d love to hear him make more projects with producers. A project with Shlohmo might be good. It might also be fucking terrible tho. I really don’t know. All I know is that this shit is dope. If you liked what you heard from him on Compton I’d definitely check this out. If you didn’t like what you heard on that one, you probably won’t like this shit. I fuck with this shit tho. This shit is dope.

Favorite Song: Cheap Whiskey 70’s Riesling

Least Favorite Song: Drifter II

Verdict:

85%

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