Exclaim!'s Top 15 Soul and R&B Albums Best of 2016

7. NxWorries
Yes Lawd!
(Stones Throw)
Anderson .Paak might be one of the few people who'll be able to look back at 2016 fondly. Undoubtedly a contender for new artist of the year, he was a noteworthy guest on Kaytranada, ScHoolboy Q and A Tribe Called Quest's albums, amongst many more. When not crashing everyone else's studio sessions, .Paak took the time this year to complete and release both his solo album Malibu and this joint collaboration with Knxwledge, Yes Lawd!
Knxledge's dusty, crate-digging production here is meticulous, and the texture of the record is as much a star as its vocalist. Yes Lawd! feels like a split-second photograph that caught a particularly magical moment in Anderson .Paak's ascension. As if it were created without expectation, its brilliance precedes the pressures of success, so whether or not we ever hear another NxWorries album seems beside the point; Yes Lawd! is about recognizing the wonder in what you happen to have in a given moment.
Michael J. Warren