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With Dr. Dre behind him, Anderson .Paak is feeling epic

December 31, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — Getting Dr. Dre to produce his entire album had Anderson .Paak feeling like “the prodigal son,” as he put it, since it’s rare that you’ll find Dre overseeing an entire music project these days.

That project is “Oxnard,” named after Paak’s California hometown. Released last month, it’s the third volume in his “beach series,” following 2014′s “Venice” and 2016′s Grammy-nominated “Malibu.”

Paak, an eclectic musician who blends funk, hip-hop and R&B, was featured on six songs from Dre’s latest album, 2016′s “Compton.” In recent years, Dre has become more famous for pushing the Beats by Dre brand though he’s produced hits for Eminem, 50 Cent, Tupac, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige, and Eve.

Along with Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, J. Cole, Q-Tip and Pusha T also appear on “Onxard.”

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