Anderson .Paak - Oxnard
Critic Score
Based on 25 reviews
2018 Ratings: #494 / 841
User Score
2018 Ratings: #144
Liked by 18 people
November 16, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Aftermath, 12 Tone / Label
Neo-Soul, Hip Hop / Genres / Website
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Northern Transmissions

Though I would rarely say a record slaps in a review, .Paak delivers so consistently on this record that it’s one of the most accurate ways to describe how great this record feels.


It may not be as beautifully consistent as Malibu, but during those glorious pinnacles when Oxnard is firing on all cylinders, it’s undeniably some of the best music of 2018.


Post-mainstream breakthrough, ‘Oxnard’ is a deft dissection of the fallout, just as free-ranging and hopeful as you’d imagine.

The Observer
The third instalment under .Paak’s name motors north up the California coast to his native Oxnard, top down, throwing out grooves and hosting an array of intriguing guest spots.

It may not be quite the full-marks classic he’d hoped, but Oxnard is an intriguing next step for the 2016 XXL Freshman that demands repeat listening and hints that he may have a Blueprint in him yet.


Despite its adherence to the new school of West Coast Funk, and despite .Paak’s brilliant performance as MC – Oxnard does not feel like it will have the staying power of 1993’s Doggystyle, 2005’s The Documentary, or Kendrick’s DAMN. Still, this album bumps.

The Needle Drop

Oxnard has a stronger sense of direction than its predecessor and is a breath of fresh air in the current state of pop rap and neo-soul.

‘Onxard’ is only another step on his path to greatness, and the sky is the limit.
NOW Magazine

It’s less cohesive than the high watermark he set with Malibu, but hitching a ride back to Oxnard is a freewheeling and occasionally exhilarating quest into Paak’s sonic curiosity.

Consequence of Sound

Oxnard boasts several great moments, but the album is merely good.

Pretty Much Amazing

Ultimately, the bigged up production doesn’t suit .Paak’s soulful tendencies, which are further lost in his switch to rap. There are a few highlights, sure, but not nearly enough for an artist who I would’ve placed bets would be the next Big Thing.


Paak can do nearly anything, but that doesn’t mean he should do everything. With its often effortless synthesis of funk and rap, Oxnard is a wide-angle portrait of Los Angeles’ hedonistic landscape—it’s just a little out of focus.


With Oxnard, Paak proves that he’s an artist built to last and a musician who has earned his place among hip-hop’s elite

The Line of Best Fit

Oxnard's penchant for twisting, not sticking, coupled with a Dre-shaped emphasis on beats and bars, leaves it woefully light on actual songs. The hum-able hooks and slow-burning arrangements of previous albums cast shadows over it.


Oxnard doesn't wow on the first, third, or even fifth listen. But it isn't short on bright spots either, even if they take a while to reveal themselves.

The Guardian

This meeting of joy and aggression is what defines Oxnard, and the effect is not always pleasant – it makes .Paak’s trademark grooves difficult to luxuriate in – but it is still a compelling mode, and one that rehomes his old-school tastes firmly in the present.

Rolling Stone

Oxnard doesn’t fulfill his dreams for creating a West Coast hip-hop soul epic for the age, but it’s not for lack of trying.

The Independent

Oxnard isn’t quite the epic final chapter .Paak clearly craved for his trilogy – it certainly fails to compare to his 2016 breakthrough masterpiece Malibu – but you have to wonder if he really cares that much. On so many of these tracks he sounds restless, like he’s already thinking about moving on to bigger and better things.

Spectrum Culture

Oxnard is a breezy and charming listen front-to-back, but while it’s a treat to watch Paak work through his creative processes and explore these funk variations, most of the songs here fail to sink their hooks in in the way it feels like they should, perhaps the fault of releasing such a summery album on the brink of winter.

FLOOD Magazine

Oxnard tries so hard to be a masterpiece that it forgets what made .Paak’s music so compelling in the first place, swapping out his easy-going, straightforward persona for stiff storytelling and jumbled verses that aren’t nearly as engaging as he is.

Prelude: I havent even listened to this yet and Im already pretty confident from the singles thst this is going to be my rap album of the year

Conclusion: Though I was a little off with my prediction this is a very solid Jazz Rap album that really seems to wholely embrance Anderson's personality and the culture of Southern California.

P.s. Tints is one of the catchiest songs all year
After the very disappointing but still decent "Yes Lawd!", I had no idea what to expect from this album, as I had heard that this album leaned toward the more hip hop style of .Paaks music. But after hearing this album... yeah, this was amazing.

"Oxnard" is a very great album, with some of Andersons best production since "Malibu", as tracks like "Tints" and "Mansa Musa" have some incredible soulful production. And the features (apart from J. ... read more
Anderson .paak does a great job of mixing soul with hip hop as it results in an album filled to the brim with feel good tracks like tints and saviers road

The production is great on most of the tracks. The beats are funky, uplifting and unique. Anderson matches this with stellar performances with great singing and good verses.

For the most part the features (which there are a lot of) are pretty good although I feel like 1 or 2 are unnecessary. Snoop Dogg for example didn't need to be on this ... read more

The features, the versatile soundscapes, the incredible soul, this is truly a gem.

I wish Anderson didn’t wear some of his influences so heavy across this album sometimes (TPAB cough cough) but when this thing works, it works wonders. Really fun album
OMG im listening to this with earbuds because I'm going to review it and at the end of ''headlow'' I got scared LMAO. I feel so stupid hahaha, did anyone had the same experience? 😂

The Actual review: I find out this album pretty enjoyable, not as fun and vibrant Malibu, but there are great songs in here. ''Who R U'' was probably the worst songs of the album. Tints is catchy as hell! The features are OK, maybe the Dr, Dre & Cocoa Sarai did not do it for me but, well, it is what it is. ... read more
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Track List

  1. The Chase (feat. Kadhja Bonet)
  2. Headlow (feat. Norelle)
  3. Tints (feat. Kendrick Lamar)
  4. Who R U?
  5. 6 Summers
  6. Saviers Road
  7. Smile / Petty
  8. Mansa Musa (feat. Dr. Dre & Cocoa Sarai)
  9. Brother's Keeper (feat. Pusha T)
  10. Anywhere (feat. Snoop Dogg & the Last Artful, Dodgr)
  11. Trippy (feat. J. Cole)
  12. Cheers (feat. Q-Tip)
  13. Sweet Chick (feat. BJ the Chicago Kid)
  14. Left to Right
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Added on: October 4, 2018