Anderson and Smokey.
Anderson .Paak’s new album, Ventura, comes out next week. And the rapper is coming with the big guns. On Thursday, April 4th. Paak dropped the song and video for “Make It Better,” his collabo with legendary singer Smokey Robinson.
During his .Paak House Radio show, he spoke with Zane Lowe about the song and what it was like working with Smokey Robinson:
He’s still got it. He came through. He said, “You gotta make it nice, baby. You gotta say something sweet to her, baby. If you want her to fall in love, you gotta make love to her with your words, man.” I was like, “Smokey, this is what I have.” You know. My original was like, “It’s easier to run away than to eat what’s on your fucking plate,” and he was like, “No baby. What in the hell? No, no.” And then he came back. He said, “Burn me a disc, one with the instrumental, one with the lyrics. Ima come back. Ima have it ready for you.” Came back, “It’s easier to run away than to look at what would make you stay.
During the interview, Anderson also talked about the passing of Nipsey Hussle, saying:
My soul has been very vexed. I almost feel sick to my stomach. The world has lost such a pivotal leader, someone who was a teacher and an inspiration, a soldier, an angel. Just one of the most humblest, smartest, bravest men in hip-hop. And not only in hip-hop but just, in general, that the world has known.
Watch the video for “Make it Better” below.