Anderson .Paak hasn’t slowed at all since dropping Oxnard last year. Now that he’s on the verge of dropping yet another album with Ventura, the musician is giving us more of what’s in store upon its release. Our first listen of the set was the jazzy soul of “King James” but one thing that stood out on the tracklist for us was the surprising Smokey Robinson feature on “Make It Better.” He’s now premiered the song with the release of its music video.
So, let’s just get this out of the way. The song features Smokey, yes, but it’s not in a prominent way. Rather than a full-on duet, Smokey instead contributes backing vocals heard throughout the song. Other than that, it’s fully the AP show. We’re not necessarily mad at that, as it’s a great track regardless. Anderson channels the greats of ’70s soul as he weaves the story of a relationship going through the turbulent ups and downs that inevitably come as time goes on. Blending elements of that old-school soul sound with modern production, the song walks the fine line between the two. The video does a good job of capturing this as it shows AP’s relationship with his leading lady in both good times and bad. And before you ask, the main focus here is all about Anderson and his shorty, so no Mr. Robinson doesn’t make an appearance in the clip. However, AP’s band The Free Nationals does make a cameo appearance in the heartwarming clip that ends with him and his girl finding peace with each other despite the turmoil they were going through.
“Make It Better” is just one of the 11 tracks that are included on Ventura, which will arrive in stores on April 12th. Peep Anderson .Paak righting his love wrongs in the song’s video below.