Anderson .Paak Shares New Song "King James," Details Forthcoming Album Ventura

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Anderson .Paak Shares New Song "King James," Details Forthcoming Album <i>Ventura</i>

Anderson .Paak has shared the first single from his forthcoming album Ventura, titled “King James.” It’s a funky, soulful cut that finds .Paak saluting LeBron James’ activism with the line, “And we salute King James for using his chains to create some equal opportunities.” The track was mixed by .Paak’s Aftermath Entertainment label boss and frequent collaborator Dr. Dre.

Along with the new single, .Paak has also revealed some new details about Ventura, his quick followup to last year’s Oxnard. The genre-defying artist’s fourth solo record is out April 12, and features appearances from André 3000, Smokey Robinson, the late rapper Nate Dogg, Brandy, Lalah Hathaway, Jazmine Sullivan and Sonyae Elise. .Paak announced the news in a tweet on Thursday, saying, “3 years between Malibu and Oxnard ... you know I couldn’t do that to y’all again.”

.Paak is currently wrapping up his “Andy’s Beach Club tour” in Europe and has already announced a star-studded run in support of Ventura called the “Best Teef in the Game Tour.” The extensive tour features a performance by bassist extraordinaire Thundercat at every stop, as well as special guest appearances by Earl Sweatshirt, Noname, Mac DeMarco and Jessie Reyez on select dates. The tour kicks off in Nashville on May 17 and concludes in San Francisco on June 27.

Listen to “King James” and check out .Paak’s full list of tour dates below.

Anderson .Paak Tour Dates:

March
15 – London, U.K. @ Alexandra Palace
16 – Manchester, U.K. @ O2 Victoria Warehouse
18 – Dublin, Ireland @ Olympia
22 – Berlin, Germany @ Columbiahalle
23 – Frankfurt, Germany @ Jahrhunderthalle
25 – Milan, Italy @ Fabrique
26 – Munich, Germany @ Tonhalle
27 – Vienna, Austria @ Gasometer

May
17 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Ascend Amphitheater %
20 – Cleveland, Ohio @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica %
21 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ The Met Philadelphia %
23 – Uncasville, Conn. @ Mohegan Sun Arena %
26 – Westbrook, Maine (Portland) @ Maine Savings Pavilion at Rock Row %
28 – Baltimore, Md. @MECU Pavilion %
30 – New York, N.Y. @ Madison Square Garden %

June
01 – Toronto, Ont. @ RBC Echo Beach *
02 – Detroit, Mich. (Rochester Hills) @ Meadow Brook Amphitheatre ^
04 – Chicago, Ill. @ Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island *
06 – Raleigh, N.C. @ Red Hat Amphitheater *
07 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Cadence Bank Amphitheatre at Chastain Park *
08 – New Orleans, La. @ Bold Sphere Music at Champions Square *
11 – Houston, Texas @ Revention Music Center #
12 – Dallas, Texas (Irving) @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory #
14 – Denver, Colo. @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre %
16 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort %
19 – Vancouver, B.C. @ PNE Forum %
20 – Seattle, Wash. @ WaMu Theater %
22 – Portland, Ore. @ McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheatre %
27 – San Francisco, Calif. @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium %

Thundercat is on all dates
Earl Sweatshirt = %
Noname = *
Mac DeMarco = #
Jessie Reyez = ^

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