On Yes Lawd!, .Paak – who calls the album “my best work” – plays theatrically brash version of himself who sings like a ’70s superstar and talks shit like a stone cold player. But the performance is seeded with details from his life, which has seen a fair share of struggle and hard-won triumph. Meanwhile, Knx weaves a tapestry of sampled bits and live fragments-bass, brass and violin-that smooths everything over, reminding us that despite whatever struggle it took to get here… well, you already know the name: NxWorries.
Knx, aka Knxwledge, is a beat maker raised in central New Jersey and Philadelphia, now dialing-it-in at home in Los Angeles. Anthology is the essential instrumentals curation from the forty some-odd Knx Bandcamp releases 2009-2013. At fifty three tracks, Anthology is now available as a limited collector’s edition 2LP.
Buttrskotch is an EP release from Knxwledge – 6 beats b/w 5 beats – first released on tape, and now on 7-inch vinyl. Knxwledge makes beats. He came to Los Angeles via NJ and Philadelphia, dropping about a thousands tracks on Bandcamp along the way. Following the Buttrskotch tape, he released Anthology with Leaving Records, and the all-new original album Hud Dreems with Stones Throw. His latest project is Nxworries, a collaboration with Anderson Paak – see the Link Up & Suede vinyl EP.
Third album on All City from LA via Philly beat machine Knxwledge, coming out on cassette! Straight up rap remixes culled from his Wrap Taypes series.
After ”Suede”, a song he recorded with beatmaker Knxwledge under the name NxWorries, caught Dr. Dre’s ear, .Paak became a significant part of Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre, making six appearances on the album. Not surprisingly, those songs combined for .Paak’s big break, and now, eight years after deciding he wanted to make music his livelihood, he’s released his best project yet, an affecting album that masterfully marries hip-hop, R&B, and soul.
CD also available.