Hip Hop this week: Anderson .Paak and Kendrick Lamar finally unite on new track, 'Tints'

Plus, we put the spotlight on rising talent Xavier Mayne.

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A long awaited collaboration between Anderson .Paak and Kendrick Lamar has finally landed with the release of ‘Tints’, loaded with funk and 80s boogie; it’s a taste of what’s to come for .Paak, with his forthcoming album, Oxnard. Produced by .Paak and Om’Mas Keith, it is reminiscent of .Paak’s 2016 album, MALIBU and is the perfect track to get you grooving in the warmer weather. .Paak promised in a recent interview Oxnard would be filled with sprawling psychedelic grooves, and is the album he dreamed of making in high school, when he was listening to Jay-Z’s The Blueprint, The Game’s The Documentary and Kanye West’s The College Dropout. You can catch Anderson .Paak when he headlines this year’s Falls Festival as well as a groovy Melbourne sideshow at Festival Hall on January 10. 

The often-forgotten city, Perth, is feeling the love thanks to the two-day music festival, Origin Fields, celebrating its 12th year of success in 2018. Held over Sunday December 30 and 31, West coasters can rejoice with the new addition of hip hop, electronic and pop acts, including a mix of international artists and Aussie faves. Joining the likes of Khalid, Migos, Pendulum and Duke Dumont out in WA is M.I.A, Denzel Curry, Chase & Status as well as DJ Fisher, who just took the 2018 Listen Out festival by storm. On the lineup punters can also look forward to Cardi B, Winston Surfshirt, Sampa The Great and Keys N Krates. The lineup hits Langley Park over New Year’s Eve.

Inspired by the likes of The Weeknd, Frank Ocean, Post Malone, Kid Cudi and The Internet, this week’s local artist spotlight is on Xavier Mayne from far North Queensland, who blends instrumental production and hooks with raw, lyrical flow. Teaming up with life-long friends CHASE ATLANTIC, the artists have released Mayne’s debut single, ‘SHLEEPIN’, which tells the story of the artist’s isolated mind during a difficult period in his life. The rapper is now back with his second single, ‘Understand’, featuring Goon Des Garcons and Jay Cooper; a down-tempo groove revolving around the concepts of sexual tensions and emotional attachment. 2018 brings exciting things for Xavier Mayne, with upcoming collaborations and tours in the works.