Wednesday, December 2, 2015

DJ Zane Lowe & Stones Throw Present: Anderson .Paak & Knxwledge's Nxworries Silky Smooth, G-Funk-leaning "Link Up" (Beats 1 World Record)

Heralded as a greenhorn rapper-producer project that's "shaping up to be easily the best thing on Stones Throw in [recent] years," despite the fact that they only have a mere two released tracks under their belt; Nxworries (pronounced: No Worries) have managed to hone in a unique sound that could characteristically be best described as the missing link between George Clinton's ground-breaking Parliament-Funkadelic and N.W.A. & Snoop Dogg's G-Funk sub-genre of 1990's West Coast Hip-Hop that Clinton himself unknowingly helped inspire. Once distilled down to its R&B-leaning Hip-Hop core, Nxworries is essentially a sparse Jaylib-indebted "2 turntables and a microphone"-style project consisting of New Jersey-bred beatsmith Knxwledge and Dr. Dre's latest protégé, LA crooner Anderson .Paak. "He was a big part of me finding a sound that I was looking for and a tone that people are more familiar with now... when I started working with [Knx] and getting on his productions, it kinda helped me find this tone that I was looking for," Paak told Zane Lowe during a brief Tuesday afternoon phone interview, following the Beats 1 World Record premier of "Link Up."

"I was a huge fan of him before we met and we connected through through Twitter. We did a lot of our music before we even met in person and then, after we had a large part of the album down, we actually got to meet in person and we started creatin' you know, in the studio together and you know, we still make joints all the time," Anderson .Paak continued on the formative genesis of his Knxwledge collaboration, which he candidly self-describes as "some of [his] best material." Fresh on the heels of a nation-wide tour with former Odd Future emcee Earl Sweatshirt, Nxworries are currently putting the finishing touches on their hotly-anticipated full-length Stones Throw "debut" slated for a 2016 release. Link Up & Suede EP, which will become available this upcoming Friday, December 4th, "includes the new single "Link Up," "Suede," and "Droogs," a Knxwledge re-make of the Anderson .Paak single, along with instrumental bonus beats," reads a brief Stones Throw 12-inch product description. Nxworries' 8-track EP will presumably consist of as-yet-unreleased material culled from Knxwledge & Anderson .Paak's rough, 21-minute set filmed at a Boiler Room & Ballantine's Stay True Russia showcase this past summer.

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