The men at the heart of the YES LAWD! LP—soul styler Anderson .Paak and loop beast Knxwledge—make an exceedingly clean pair, even as they deal almost entirely in the gritty. If there's a Blaxploitation vibe to Yes Lawd!, that's just the depth of NxWorries' funk and strut showing. If there's gospel in the grits, that's the history of the cooks. Knxwledge moved to Los Angeles in 2008 as a beat maker. His hypnotically dank 2015 LP Hud Dreems was the tip of an iceberg. Paak was neck deep in those songs when Knxwledge reached out. The singer grew up in Oxnard drumming in his own family's church. .Paak built a career via imaginative albums (2016's Malibu), and collaborations that always seem to make him the star, even when he's just there to sing the hook.

Their come-up was strangely synchronicitous too. Knx landed on Kendrick Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly ("Momma") after the Aftermath MC heard one his beats on Knx's Anthology release. And it was NxWorries' first single, the unforgettable "Suede," that got Dr. Dre's attention, earning .Paak's no fewer than eight appearances on the Compton album and, ultimately, a deal with Aftermath. Neither is a stranger to the head-down hustle, even if each was born for the spotlight.

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Top SongsAlbum
Link UpYes Lawd!3:31
DroogsLink Up & Suede5:04
IdntrememberwellYes Lawd! Remixes0:43
Scared MoneyYes Lawd!2:57
Bstwun (Chppd)Yes Lawd! Remixes1:34
IntroYes Lawd!0:48
SuedeLink Up & Suede2:57
Scared Money (Remix)Yes Lawd! Remixes3:00
FkkuYes Lawd!2:11
What More Can I SayYes Lawd!2:36
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