The West Coast continues to be a breeding ground for talent. Though decorated with household names like Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Ice Cube and Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre showed California so much love with his comeback album Compton, a companion to the blockbuster N.W.A film Straight Outta Compton. Poke around the credits of Dre's set, though, and a flurry of rising acts joined the bill, including Oxnard, Calif. native, Anderson .Paak.
After rolling out his 2014 debut Venice and teaming with production duo Blended Babies earlier this year for The Anderson .Paak EP, the soulful singer-songwriter is dropping his second full-length effort called Malibu via OBE, Steel Wool Entertainment and ArtClub International. The forthcoming LP -- whose wavy artwork can be seen below -- hosts .Paak's latest two singles, "The Season/ Carry Me" and the 9th Wonder-produced "Am I Wrong" featuring ScHoolboy Q
For the uninitiated, .Paak was raised a Southern Baptist in L.A. who spent his early underground career as Breezy Lovejoy, rolling out independent projects like 2010's Violets Are Blue. His experimental sound genre-hops from hip-hop to rock to R&B and shows a knack for storytelling (see: the dark banger "Milk N' Honey," the funky jam "Luh You" and the smooth love note to Venice "The City").
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Malibu will feature other collaborations with The Game, Talib Kweli, BJ The Chicago Kid, and Rapsody, as well as production from 9th Wonder, Callum Connor, DJ Khalil, Madlib, Kaytranada, Pomo, Hi-Tek, Chris Dave, Robert Glasper and Dem Jointz. .Paak's new album will land on Jan. 15.
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Bands Perform for Virtual Reality Viewers in New VRC Recording Studio (Exclusive)
SEPTEMBER 30, 2015 | 02:30PM PT
Senior Silicon Valley Correspondent
The next performance of your favorite band may happen in your living room — or at least it may feel that way, thanks for virtual reality.
More and more musicians are looking to record live performances and music videos for virtual reality (VR) headsets, and Southern California-based Virtual Reality Company (VRC) is building a dedicated VR recording studio at the Mack Sennett Studios in Los Angeles. The studio is being built in cooperation with Steel Wool Entertainment.
The new studio will record both 360-degree video and binaural audio. It is being designed by VRC co-founder Robert Stromberg, who previously worked on major Hollywood blockbusters including “Avatar,” “Alice in Wonderland” and “Maleficent.” “Virtual reality creates the sense of being with the band on the stage, backstage, in the audience and more — it’s a 360-degreee experience that enhances live performances by introducing a new dimension of entertainment,” Stromberg said.
VRC will start to record first performances in the new studio in the coming days as part of a soft-launch. The company isn’t the only one looking to musicians to produce VR content. IM360 recently recorded a 360-degree video of Taylor Swift on behalf of American Express and Jaunt released a VR recording of Paul McCartney a year ago.
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Dr. Dre's announcement of his upcoming Compton album feels like a fever dream. The most worrisome aspect of Detox, Dre's oft-promised, oft-delayed follow up to The Chronic 2001, was the sense that waves of culture were continually passing the album by: after producing a classic rap record that was so far ahead it was literally timestamped two years into the future, how could Dr. Dre keep up with the shifting sounds and stars that'd sprouted up since?
The answer, he made clear, was that he wouldn't try. Detox was scrapped in favor of Compton, tethered to the upcoming N.W.A biopic. It's a deft move, allowing the producer to engage in nostalgia while pushing forward: the teased tracklist includes stalwarts like Eminem, Xhibit, and DJ Premier alongside just-breaking acts like BJ The Chicago Kid, King Mez, and Anderson .Paak, who clocks in at least four credited contributions.
June 25 // Club Bahia // Los Angeles, CA*
June 27 // The Middle East // Boston, MA*
June 28 // The Cutting Room // New York, NY*
July 2 // Underground // Stoke On Trent, UK
July 3 // Craufurd Arms // Milton Keynes (Blakelands), UK
July 4 // South at Bussey Building // London, UK
July 5 // Turnbridge Wells Forum // Wells, UK
*performing with Hayley Kiyoko
Steel Wool Entertainment and Media just signed four directors to its roster. We're very excited to be working with such talented people. Check out Jackson Adams, Mike Dempsey, Kyle Morrison and Tony Yacenda's work here: http://www.steelwoolentertainment.com/production
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