NxWorries (Anderson .Paak & Knxwledge) - Where I Go feat. H.E.R.

I know a lot of longtime fans are thinking, “I hope he doesn’t forget about where he started.” If it wasn’t for Knxwledge and songs like “Suede”, I don’t think I’d be signed to Dr. Dre to this day. That was the song he heard and gravitated towards. That’s what got me in the studio with him. I owe a lot to that sound and I feel good circling back and giving them another album. And even though it’s been a few years, it’s shaping up to be an amazing album.


So what can we expect from this album? Are you two using a different approach to the music or your creative process?

Nah, I just do what Knxwledge says. [laughs] It’s fun because I like working with one producer. At least you know things are gonna be in a certain pocket. It keeps me in certain parameters that I might not be doing as Anderson Paak. If it’s up to me, I’m gonna do a whole array of things. Malibu had a lot of different producers and stuff. It had a lot of different tastes; we floated around different worlds. When I work with only one producer, I’m able to reel it in and create something more cohesive. I’m trying to meet Knxwledge halfway because he’s delivering all the time with the production. He has thousands and thousands of beats. To keep him excited, to keep his attention, you have to deliver and keep it fresh. He keeps me on my toes, so you can expect something fresh and new. We’re doing things we’ve never done before.


That’s whassup. And word on the street is that y’all got a tour on deck too, right?

Yeah, we got a little tour. We’re gonna be in Europe doing festivals and we got some headline dates too. We’ll be announcing some more stuff soon. That’ll be dope to be on the road.


Now, with me being an L.A. resident, I’m familiar with .Paak House, but there are a lot of people out there who aren’t. What made you decide to start doing this event and what about it brings you the most joy?

I love throwing parties. One of my favorite things to do is give people an experience that they’ll never forget. To see people have fun and unite that’s partly why I love deejaying, why I love to perform, and why I started playing drums. I just love having a good time and there are a lot of underserved communities that don’t get a chance to see these world-class shows. There are a lot of people that never get a chance to see what it’s like to be at a festival. That’s a privilege for a lot of us. There are a lot of people that work all year round just to put food on the table and they can’t afford things like school clothes or even haircuts or just one night out to have a good time and see live music. I feel like that’s something that if you’re exposed to early enough, could change the course of your whole life. That’s what happened to me. So if I’m able to create a platform and share that experience, then that’s what I want to do.


It’s been dope because all the artists that are part of it, they all feel the same and they’re all sharing their time. No one’s being paid. They’re coming out and delivering the show and they’re out there with the community. To see these kids’ faces, the adults and everyone there that’s always the highlight of the year. I couldn’t do it without my team. It’s hell to put on. But every year we always look around like, “Damn. We pulled it off again.” We couldn’t do it last year because of the coronavirus and different things, but I’m really excited about this year’s. It’s gonna be one of the best ones yet.


How did the partnership between you and Don Julio come together?

Don Julio’s always been the go-to for the party—the night vibes. They told me they were doing this new Don Julio Rosado and I was like, “Okay, tell me more!” I got a taste and it was automatic. I was like, “Yo, why wait for the night? This is like some daytime party vibe.” You can sip it with a little spritzer or just straight up on the rocks. It’s nice and light, perfect for the daytime. I’ve been deejaying, traveling and going from Miami and New York and all these places and Don Julio is a guaranteed party starter. This new vibe that they got is definitely dope, while the sun is up and takes you into the night. So I was on board, for sure.

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With DJ Pee .Wee? That’s my guy!

Yeah! Ain’t no telling what we’re gonna have, bro!

You know what though? DJ Pee .Wee is cold on the turntables, but it’s the trumpet player that sets it off.


Yeah, he’s kind of a show-stealer, man. [laughs] That’s Maurice Brown, bro. I can’t even do a show without him now! But I really appreciate you, man. Much love to the fans, all the patient people that’ve been riding with me from day one. I love you, I’m nothing without you, and I can’t wait to party with you soon.