Albums That’ll Change Your Life: NxWorries — Yes Lawd!
As a huge fan of music streaming, given that it costs me 0 moneys, I rarely buy or pre-order albums. However, in light of Apple Music’s release of “Yes Lawd!,” I am a changed woman. I can safely say that pre-ordering (and paying for) NxWorries’ first album on Apple Music was most likely the best decision I’ve ever made. NxWorries is made up of Anderson. Paak and Knxlwedge, one of the best vocalists in the game right now and an immeasurably brilliant producer. Knxwledge, who has produced for Kendrick Lamar, Action Bronson, Earl Sweatshirt, and more, releases his music almost exclusively as instrumentals on SoundCloud and BandCamp. In the past, his music was referred to as “rapper-proof,” filled with gritty beats, high-tempo funk riffs, and unique time signatures. This, however, was perfect for .Paak, who effortlessly bridges the gap between funk, soul, R&B, and hip-hop. He has dropped two albums, “Venice” and “Malibu,” and recently appeared on “Ellen” and “The Tonight Show.” In early 2015, NxWorries dropped Suede, the first single off the album. It was a quick glimpse into their project, and is undeniably one of my favorite tracks on the album. The track opens with lightly dissonant harmonies and a groovy-as-fuck bass riff, with .Paak’s vocals gliding on top. The second single, “Link Up” followed soon after, filled with finger-slapped bass, rhythmically complex drums, and Knxwledge’s artfully grimy production. It was the perfect way to promote the album, leaving fans eagerly waiting for the album’s release earlier this month.
As NxWorries, Knxwledge and .Paak have created an album of unparalleled quality, that is smooth, rhythmic, and sexy in all the right places. “Yes Lawd!” seamlessly incorporates stellar rap flow, with crazy-catchy funk bass riffs. .Paak’s unique vocal capacity weaved over Knxwledge’s production is something truly revolutionary; and should definitely be a Top Priority Listen. The 19 track album constructs an intimate narrative of love and sex, intercut with wit, flawless vocal runs, smooth beats, trademark Knxlwedge sketches. In the words of a fellow NxWorries stan, Jordan Taylor, this album is “*clenches fists*.” Download it today from Apple Music. Give NxWorries your money so that they’ll make new music. Please.