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NXWorries’ ‘Why Lawd?’: A Masterful Blend of Soul and Hip-Hop

  • June 15, 2024
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NXWorries’ ‘Why Lawd?’: A Masterful Blend of Soul and Hip-Hop

Nxworries, why lawd?, Anderson paak, thundercat, keepher, hip-hop, r&b

Album Rating: 8/10

NXWorries, the dynamic duo of Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge, make a triumphant return with their second studio album, Why Lawd?. Eight years after their debut album, *Yes Lawd!*, the pair delivers a rich blend of neo-soul and hip-hop that continues to push the boundaries of their genre.

The album begins with “ThankU,” featuring a surprising yet fitting appearance by Dave Chappelle, setting a reflective and soulful tone. Following this, “86Sentra” and “MoveOn” keep the momentum with their smooth, intricate beats and .Paak’s compelling vocals.

Knxwledge’s production shines throughout the album. Tracks like “Distractions” and “Lookin’” showcase his skillful use of samples and beat-making prowess, creating a soundscape that’s both modern and nostalgic. The seamless blend of old-school soul and contemporary hip-hop is a testament to his production mastery.

Anderson .Paak’s lyrical content delves into themes of love, struggle, and perseverance. The title track “Why Lawd?” stands out with its introspective lyrics, questioning life’s hardships and societal issues. “Daydreaming,” another standout, is a nostalgia-soaked love song with an 80s vibe, featuring synths and a killer guitar tone.

“KeepHer,” featuring Thundercat, and “FromHere,” with guest appearances by Snoop Dogg and October London, are highlights that blend infectious rhythms with thoughtful lyrics. “WalkOnBy,” featuring Earl Sweatshirt and Rae Khalil, is another gem that perfectly captures the essence of NXWorries’ style.

The album boasts an impressive lineup of guest artists. Collaborations with H.E.R. on “Where I Go” and Charlie Wilson on “NVR.RMX” add depth and variety to the album’s sound. These features complement .Paak’s versatile vocals and Knxwledge’s unique beats, creating a cohesive yet diverse listening experience.

Why Lawd? is a compelling follow-up to NXWorries’ debut, showcasing their growth and evolution as artists. The album is a powerful blend of soulful melodies, intricate production, and thought-provoking lyrics. For fans of Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge, this album is a must-listen, offering a rich and rewarding musical journey that cements NXWorries’ place in the contemporary music landscape.

Overall, *Why Lawd?* is an album that demands multiple listens to fully appreciate its layers and nuances, making it a standout release in 2024. Check out “KeepHer” below:

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