Kendrick Lamar

Anderson .Paak brings Los Angeles to Baltimore and forges connections between both cities

Anderson .Paak brings Los Angeles to Baltimore and forges connections between both cities

The new pastor of The First Church of Boom Baptists is Anderson .Paak. The Los Angeles-based rapper/singer/producer/songwriter mixes Donny Hathaway's soul with D'Angelo's musicianship, and crafts songs that capture some of the evocative spirit of Marvin Gaye, Bobby Womack, and Curtis Mayfield. All the while, hip-hop remains his stylistic bedrock because .Paak is just as much Kendrick Lamar as Eddie Kendricks, whose songs recall recently resurrected soul obscurity like Shuggie Otis and the inarguable legend Otis Redding. His well-regarded sophomore effort "Malibu" is already a career-defining project, even though it seems like his sermon is just getting...

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