Anderson .Paak has confirmed that he will release his new album at some point in 2018. He told Triple J that he's been working with Dr Dre on the follow up to 2016's Malibu and that he's currently mixing the record.
Dre "had a heavy role in this new album that’s almost done," .Paak is quoted as saying. "Just going through the mixing phase. I won’t say any dates but you can definitely expect it this year, sometime."
Speaking about the influence of his mentor Dre, .Paak added: “It’s dope to be around like legends like that and you can feel the mutual respect. That’s what I always did it for, I wasn’t really thinking about money or fame, I just wanted the respect from the people I look up to musically. It’s amazing.”
He also spoke about his presence on the Black Panther soundtrack, something he wasn't expecting to be involved with. “We were in South Africa, we had literally just got off the plane and I got a text from Kendrick [Lamar], he was like ‘I hear you on the song I don’t hear nobody else on it.’ I just go to South Africa, ‘I’ll try my best to get it done’. So we just booked a studio that night and I recorded it and sent it back – he loved it. Couple weeks later it was on the soundtrack.”
The Kendrick Lamar-produced "Black Panther OST" is released this Friday, February 9.