Anderson .Paak Releases ‘Make It Better’, Talks Collaborating With Smokey Robinson: ‘He’s Still Got It’

Anderson .Paak is no stranger to experimenting with his sound and his recent collaboration with Smokey Robinson is a testament to that.

The “Bubblin” singer spoke to Zane Lowe about the “Make It Better” collaboration on Apple Music‘s “.Paak House Radio”.

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“Lord knows I had different lyrics before. He came and changed the whole thing up,” the artist revealed. “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 f**king 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,'” .Paak said. “[He] came back, ‘It’s easier to run away than to look at what would make you stay.'”

What Robinson delivered absolutely blew .Paak away. “I was like, ‘Goddammit, Smokey!’ Yeah, yeah. It was great, man. It was a beautiful collaboration,” he shared. “Shout-out to Smokey, shout-out to the Last Artful, Dodgr, who also helped on there.”

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“I got to work with — finally got something with the Alchemist, Fred Rack, who was all in there vibing,” he continued. “Yeah, just like we was all looking at each other like, ‘What the hell is happening right now? Smokey’s really in here.'”

.Paak will release his fourth studio album — under the name Anderson .Paak — titled Ventura on April 12.

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