Part of what makes Yes Lawd! so refreshing is that it conveys a deep, unbridled love of music — both the retro and the contemporary. It’s a woozy, imperfect hip-hop fantastia, cribbing freely from the likes of DJ Shadow, Marvin Gaye, Snoop, and so many more.
It’s a restlessly inventive work that adds a uniquely soulful layer to underground Hip Hop 3.0’s resurgent, evolving sound.
It is a credit to NxWorries’ clear creative chemistry that Yes Lawd! easily stands up to their hype.
The result is remarkable consistency across 19 tracks. Indeed, Yes Lawd! is an album best appreciated with complete play-through.
Collaborative projects between a producer and an artist can be hit or miss, but Knxwledge and Anderson .Paak manage to hit on all cylinders with their first full-length outing.
It’s .Paak’s banner year, and its capper, Yes Lawd!, seems to further indicate that he has quite the future ahead of him. What remains to come is his decisive statement. While it's endlessly enjoyable throughout, what we have here feels like a placeholder, a victory lap.
The pair complement each other perfectly; Anderson .Paak’s smooth yet energetic brand of soulful rapping-cum-singing floating as delicately as ever when back by the splashy, jazz infused beats of Knxwledge.
It’s all great, but especially when they put some eyedrops in and really ride the groove, as on the Slum Village-style romancer Link Up, or Scared Money, which beats Bruno Mars at his current retro boogie game.
‘Yes Lawd!’ is a feel-good album that isn't afraid to take a step back and reflect. NxWorries brilliantly capture the sense of being carried by the whirlwind of success — disorientated and bewildered but enjoying the ride regardless.
If not quite as substantive as Malibu, this is one of those albums that can be played continuously without risk of depreciation. Knxwledge and Paak are so occupied with other pursuits that this seems destined to take its place in the Stones Throw discography as one of the label's fine twosome one-offs in the manner of Madvillainy and Champion Sound.
Yes, there’s plenty here to like in the raspy soul over smooth beats. But there is not a lot to love, but I can’t help but think wouldn’t have been the case if two hard-working artists slowed down a little.
The album still ends up being a thrill, due to the duo’s sheer talent, but its caution undermines its competence.
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