At the beginning of this month, multi-talented rapper, drummer, producer, and bandleader Anderson .Paak shared a brand-new single, “Tints”, featuring his fellow Southern California-native hip-hop star/Dr. Dre protege Kendrick Lamar. The track was initially unveiled during an appearance by Anderson .Paak on Beats 1 with Zane Lowe after multiple weeks of teasing the collaboration.The track’s beat evokes the aesthetic of the golden-age, West Coast hip-hop in which both artists grew up and which .Paak kept alive on his Grammy-nominated sophomore LP, Malibu. “Tints” begs to be blasted with the windows down as you cruise down the 405—something both artists were no-doubt aware of when they cleverly made the song about needing tints on their windows to keep the paparazzi out of their business (“Bitch, I’m Kendrick Lamar. Respect me from afar”).Now, as the lead-up to .Paak’s highly-anticipated new album, Oxnard, intensifies, he has shared a new official music video for “Tints” directed by Colin Tilley. The surreal video features a number of shocking visuals of .Paak and Lamar, as well as a cameo from Dr. Dre. Mirroring the sentiments of the track, the video begins with a quote from Edgar Allen Poe: “Believe none of what you hear, and only half of what you see.”You can check out the new video below:Anderson .Paak ft. Kendrick Lamar – “Tints” [Official Music Video][Video: Anderson Paak]From various recent interviews, we know that Anderson .Paak has two different new albums on the way—one with his band, The Free Nationals, and one solo album (dubbed Oxnard, after .Paak’s hometown) executive-produced by Dr. Dre. According to the recently-leaked tracklist, we now know that “Tints” will appear on Oxnard, due out November 16th. Check out the track listing below:Anderson .Paak Oxnard Tracklisting1. “The Chase” featuring Kadhja Bonet2. “Headlow” featuring Norelle3. “Tints” featuring Kendrick Lamar4. “Who R U?”5. “Six Summers”6. “Saviers Road”7. “Smile/Petty”8. “Mansa Musa” featuring Dr. Dre and Cocoa Sarai9. “Brother’s Keeper” featuring Pusha T10. “Anywhere” featuring Snoop Dogg, The Last Artful, Dodgr11. “Trippy” featuring J. Cole12. “Cheers” featuring Q Tip13. “Sweet Chick” featuring BJ The Chicago Kid – Bonus Track14. “Left to Right” – Bonus TrackView ‘Oxnard’ TracklistingWhile Kendrick Lamar hasn’t dropped much material of “his own” since 2017’s DAMN.—aside from the soundtrack he curated for Marvel‘s Black Panther, which also featured .Paak—we’ve seen him appear as a featured artist on various recently released tracks, including his highly buzzed-about collaboration with Lil Wayne, “Mona Lisa”, on Weezy’s recently released Tha Carter V.For updates on Oxnard and more, head here.
Ghana Football Association President Kwesi Nyantakyi sharply disagrees with the asserting that Black Stars returnee Michael Essien is taking advantage of Ghana to revive his career which seems to be faltering.The Chelsea midfielder took a break from international football following injuries he sustained playing for Ghana- first was at the 2010 Nations Cup.The 30 year old, who is yet to play in the premiership for his club side Chelsea after returning on a season long loan from Spanish side Real Madrid this season has been described as an opportunist and is only returning to the Black Stars because he wants to revive his career by some football pundits.But Nyantakyi who doubles as chairman of the Black Stars management committee disagrees.“We should appreciate the fact that Essien has gone through a lot, the two career threatening injuries that afflicted his life all occurred during his time with the national team,” said Nyantakyi“I don’t agree with that suggestion because there is no guarantee that if he plays for the national team it will enhance his career opportunities, I do not think that is the motivation for him to come back and play but is out of the love he has for his country. “All the players are patriotic Ghanaians and that is why they have decided to come and play for Ghana, if you read ulterior motives to their actions you may not be fair to them.”