Back in 2016, Anderson .Paak teamed up with Knxwledge for a duo called NxWorries and delivered Yes Lawd!, a project of velvet-trimmed neo-soul rap that really helped take the edge off the first months of the Trump presidency. Since then, .Paak has become a huge pop star with Silk Sonic, his Bruno Mars soul-pop duo that won a bunch of Grammys recently, so news on the NxWorries front has been fairly slim (save for a linkup on Knxweldge’s 2020 tape 1988 called “itkanbe[sonice].”) The drought ends today, with a new track from NxWorries called “Where I Go” featuring the venerable H.E.R.
“Where I Go” polishes up the NxWorries sound ever so slightly while keeping the chemistry intact. .Paak sounds like the soul superstar your parents bemoan doesn’t exist anymore, and Knxledge feeds him energy through a beat with psychedelic soul guitars and seriously fat kick drums. Unfortunately, the healthy dynamic doesn’t extend to the subject .Paak is crooning about in the song — still, toxic relationships rarely sound so smooth. H.E.R. holds her own in the track, refusing to settle for what Paak is offering, no matter how tempting it sounds. Hear the song in the new music video, streaming below.