NxWorries
Yes Lawd!


4.0
excellent

Review

by wtferrothorn USER (36 Reviews)
October 24th, 2016 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2016 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge: After Hours

If you've been keeping a keen eye on the album credits of some of the biggest rap and soul releases to come out in the past few years, there would be no need for an album review to convince you that Yes Lawd! is a collaborative record worth listening to, as the weight that comes with these two names behind NxWorries is more than enough. Anderson .Paak has made the rounds recently, collaborating with the likes of Milo, Dr. Dre, The Game, Madlib, Busdriver, and Chance the Rapper. He's even made quite a splash with his own solo efforts like Malibu, a breakout record that proved he's one of the most entertaining artists in soul music today with the potential to reach even higher. Knxwledge, who's been active since the late-'00s, has 60+ beat tapes, a sign to Stones Throw Records, and a production credit on To Pimp A Butterfly to his name. With their back catalogs, they have both proven they have an ear for the retro, smooth, and soulful side of hip hop, and have helped maintain its niche in today's musical landscape. Yes Lawd! is worthy addition to this niche.

Yes Lawd!, while it may not be as upfront as Malibu songwriting-wise, is a more provocative affair. The first half especially shows the real horndog side of .Paak we've caught only glimpses of on tracks such as “Silicon Valley” and “Your Prime”. .Paak sets this mood on “Livvin”, with lines like “In the city of flawless women, my god, look at all of these bitches, Yeah! / A long way to get out here, but there's a drought here / And I'm winnin'”, which are delivered in a way that paint a picture of .Paak coming across a valhalla filled with women, all of whom he will have the pleasure of sleeping with.“Wngs”, “Best One”, and “Lyk Dis” are soul tracks practically designed for the bedroom, and prime examples of how steamy things get on Yes Lawd!. .Paak's idiosyncratic vocals ooze charisma from the start of the record, and it's a while before there are any signs of it running out. He even gets out more than a few funny lines, like the outro to “H.A.N.” where he takes the role of a preacher, asking his crowd and the listener to pray for all the hoe ass niggas out there trying to take advantage of others' fame.

Fitting the sultry lyrics brought by .Paak is Knxwledge's smooth, loop-centric production; very much in the same vein as the type of stuff you’d expect from a Stones Throw signee. This alluring, soulful sonic direction is carried throughout the majority of the record, and helps carry the record's mood even more than .Paak does. His beats even steal the show on more than one occasion; the horns that pop up on “What More Can I Say” makes up for any shortcomings the track might've had, and “Get Bigger / Do U Luv” was a perfect choice for a single, as it clearly demonstrates the realization of this collaboration’s potential. Some of the beats are lacking the bells and whistles that'd give the listener more to chew on, but they do their job more often than not. The only semi-major misstep is “Scared Money”, where Knxwledge tries out this ‘80s R&B pastiche which only sticks out like a sore thumb in an otherwise consistent sounding record.

As Yes Lawd! slides into its 2nd half, some of the chinks in its armor become evident. The previously mentioned “Scared Money” is the biggest lowlight on the album production-wise and “Link Up” is still the weakest of all the singles released for the record. But the biggest problem highlighted in the 2nd half can be seen in three particular tracks: “Khadijah”, “Jodi”, and “Another Time”. All these tracks have the potential to be album highlights. The first features some great, introspective lyrics from .Paak concerning religion and how he turns to it to cope with the stresses and struggles of life. The latter two feature some wonderful beats from Knxwledge and vocal melodies from .Paak that feel inspired by the older days of soul. It's a shame these 1-2 minutes songs aren't nearly developed enough to become stunners. But that's the nature of Yes Lawd!. It isn't one of those high concept releases where the aim was to become the new Black Star or Madvillainy. The intentions of Yes Lawd! are spelled out loud and clear in the album's press release,”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.” This is the sound of two guys shooting the shit, throwing things at the wall to see what sticks and for how long. It's just so happens that these two guys are a pair of instinctively talented artists at the top of their game.



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wtferrothorn
October 24th 2016


5800 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album Stream and Download: https://nxworries.bandcamp.com/album/yes-lawd



"Suede": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNTNbNtft9g



"Link Up": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PsXaSRBO5kM



"Lyk Dis": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2hEm94gx1y8



"Best One": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CT2DB_U_-Zg



Thanks to JohnnyOnTheSpot, Rowan5215, and danielcardoso for some proofreading!

VaxXi
October 24th 2016


4393 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sorry I wasn't able to help with the proofreading, yetsernight was busy! Will read when I get home.

JamieTwort
October 24th 2016


26988 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Album rules, as expected.

jtswope
October 24th 2016


5788 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

I expect this to rule, yeah.

wtferrothorn
October 24th 2016


5800 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@Vax Don't worry about it. Hope you enjoy when you get the time to read.



@Jamie @jtswope I'd expect no less from .Paak and Knx

JamieTwort
October 24th 2016


26988 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review. You might want to edit out the repeated 'to' at the end of the first paragraph though.

wtferrothorn
October 25th 2016


5800 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I enjoy Malibu a bit more than this, but both have their environments where they're superior. This is definitely the record to chill out to.

FullOfSounds
October 25th 2016


15770 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Great review as always man. Interested in hearing this

wtferrothorn
October 26th 2016


5800 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

thanks toadman



this is much more consistent, but the highlights on Malibu are unf



Though this definitely takes the cake for funnest album title to say this year

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
December 13th 2016


41404 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

that fucking rick and morty sample tho

FullOfSounds
December 18th 2016


15770 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

kinda boring

VaxXi
December 18th 2016


4393 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Not boring, but nothing as impressive as Malibu.

JamieTwort
December 18th 2016


26988 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Better than Malibu tbh.

FullOfSounds
December 18th 2016


15770 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

i just thought it got too samey.

Anderson's voice is amazing and the production is lush, i'll give it that

brandontaylor
December 20th 2016


783 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

this was kinda samey yeah but a surprisingly easy listen considering it being 19 tracks. preferred this to malibu as well.

AsleepInTheBack
December 20th 2016


5930 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

been digging this lately, one of the only albums I've heard in a while that just sucked me into its vibe without me overanalysing everything its trying to do

Rowan5215
Staff Reviewer
December 20th 2016


41404 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

much prefer Malibu, so much more lively

TheMrAlexK
December 29th 2016


10768 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This reminds me of Madvillainy in a way, but like, Neo-Soul instead of Hip Hop.

TheMrAlexK
December 29th 2016


10768 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I think I like this more then Malibu as well

WilliaMega
January 13th 2017


163 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really been feelin' this lately. Clean, soulful production seems to mesh well with Paak's vocals



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