Everything That Went Wrong Between Anderson .Paak and Dr. Dre On ‘Oxnard’

Just months after his last album and hours away from the release of Ventura, I take a look at why this epic collaboration failed to execute.

HipHopUnrapped
Apr 11, 2019 · 5 min read
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.Paak Lost Track Of His Identity On Oxnard

Just five months ago, Anderson .Paak dropped his long-awaited album, Oxnard. The hype was real — with executive production from hip hop legend Dr. Dre and coming off the undeniable success of Malibu, it seemed like .Paak was preparing to deliver another masterpiece.

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How Much Of An Influence Did Dre Really Have On Oxnard?

When the project was first announced, .Paak posted this screenshot of a text where Dre says:

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Source: .Paak for Esquire / Jameson

.Paak Plans To Keep It Incubated On Ventura

Not only does Anderson promise the return of soul on Ventura, but he told Esquire Dre will play much less of a role on this album, saying:

“‘I wanted to keep it as incubated as I could…I drove myself crazy with Oxnard. That was almost why I was like, I’m about to put [Ventura] over to the side now, like a ‘break in case of emergency.’”

Elaborating on how the recording process of his new project would differ from that of Oxnard, .Paak added that:

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Anderson’s Mom Responds To The Oxnard Haters

Regardless of how I felt about it, when faced with criticism, .Paak turned to the person we can always count on to be in our corner — his mom.

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Anderson .Paak Clearly Hasn’t Lost His Touch

While there’s no denying that he threw us for a loop with Oxnard, Andy’s statements indicate that he took the criticism to heart and is ready to return with a vengeance.

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