Oxnard by Anderson .Paak
"Anderson .Paak's third studio album showcased the rapper's mission to be bigger and better, and I'd say that mission was accomplished. From the beats to the flow, Anderson .Paak stakes his claim as one of the hip-hop gems of 2018. He's hardly overshadowed by all the major features on the soundtrack, including Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Pusha T, Dr. Dre, and Snoop Dogg, which speaks volumes on his skill.
Anderson .Paak also tackles a number political topics, notably in the song '6 Summers.' He calls out Trump by name, demands gun reform, and encourages the black community to stand up and embrace their culture. His trademark utilization of melody within his raps are also prominent, as is the influence of religion and the church. So he didn't drift away from what put him on the map. He instead evolved his style, and that's the sign of a true artist. Overall, the end result is a 14-track LP that moves and grooves with ease, makes you think, and provides some of the best beats of any album this year. Yep, I said it." — Brea Cubit, celebrity and entertainment editorial assistant