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Watch Anderson .Paak Freestyle Over James Brown’s “Funky Drummer”

Anderson .Paak recently released a new single titled “Bubblin,” with the song displaying the artist’s rapping abilities. So, it only makes sense that .Paak would continue to show off his rap skills.

WATCH: Anderson .Paak Is A Big Spender In New Surreal “Bubblin” Music Video

The Malibu artist appeared on Sway in the Morning to discuss the “Bubblin” music video, as well as offer a freestyle. The NxWorries co-member was tasked with rapping over James Brown‘s “Funky Drummer” and, well, he doesn’t disappoint.

Here’s a taste of the freestyle:

“Probably could’ve been a doctor, I’m fond of optometry / My vision was like Martin Luther on ‘the mountain peak’ / Valley lows, I left home for more salary / Smuggled O’s across border patrol, casually / Took notes then took control of it, manually / Hand-to-hand til’ it’s white sands and the canopy / Now follow me / I’m too old to act childishly / But every now and then I park the Beamer in the gallery / Show off the paint for spectators and the faculty / Same ol’ ni**as that said they proud of me / Same ol’ ni**as that probably doubted me.”

Last week .Paak released the song “Bubblin” as well as its music video. He premiered the track on Zane Lowe’s Beats 1 show on Thursday.

During his interview with Lowe, he talked about the track, and how it came about:

“‘Bubblin’ is just a whole lot of fun. I had the beat from Jhalil Beats and Antman Wonder. Jhalil sent me a pack of beats, you know 50, 60 beats. I loved them all. I was just writing to all these beats and that was one of them that I just loved off top. It sounded like some black 007 action adventure high speed chase type of music. Originally I was trying to get Lil Sims to rap on it first because she was in the studio too. I remember trying to get other people on it, then eventually I just wrote on it. It took me a couple of days. I did it. I started it in L.A. and I finished it in New York. And it was just one of them ones. It gets the energy going, gets the blood going.”

Elijah C. Watson

Elijah Watson serves as Okayplayer's News & Culture Editor. When he's not writing he's listening to Sade and crying or watching My Hero Academia with his partner.

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