Label: Steel Wool, OBE, Art Club, EMPIRE
Released: Jan. 15

Malibu is the perfect title for Anderson Paak's sophomore album because it conjures a sunny Southern California day. But it ain’t all sweet. Nestled comfortably alongside the smooth vibes are raw, deeply personal looks into one of the most prolific artists of the year. On the album’s intro, “The Bird,” Paak speaks on his family life growing up—one that involved a gambling mother and an imprisoned father. On “The Season/Carry Me,” Paak sings his heart out about his first time putting on a pair of Jordans, meeting his first love, and trying to make enough money so his girl wouldn’t get deported. Malibu is a 16-song opus featuring production from Paak himself, Kaytranada, 9th Wonder, Madlib, and others, and it crosses several genres. This is as much a hip-hop album as it is an R&B and rock one. Paak refuses to be boxed in. —Angel Diaz