Watch rap's NBT Anderson Paak stuntin' in TOKiMONSTA's new video for 'Put It Down'
Brainfeeder's first lady has a new mini-album on the way, too.
All eyes and ears have been on West Coast "it guy" rapper Anderson Paak since the release of his incredibly spirited Malibu album (the positive reviews have been flooding in - its currently averaging around 85% on Metacritic), which was preceded by some serious track time on Dr. Dre's comeback album, Compton. Everyone from Macklemore to T.I. wants to record with rap NBT Paak right now, but it's LA Brainfeeder legend TOKiMONSTA that's scored him (for now), for her latest track Put it Down, which came out late last year and this week received a video.
Although it's not the first time they've been in cahoots - the two LA chums worked together previously in 2014, on TOKi's track Realla, and on Red Bull collaboration Found In You, so it makes sense that the feel-good number Put It Down is all about staying true to your fellow musos and supporting them on the come-up.
'Still with your Day Ones / Still can't forget where you came from' raps Paak on the first verse, before a big-impact chorus, that TOKi worked on with Bay Area producer KRNE. Toki's genre-bending production style always been more lush, downstated and textured, so you definitely feel KRNE's influence on this one - however his big trap-inspired percussion actually works surprisngly well with Toki's airy layers.
The track's video is now out, too, an eerie, moody offering from Mike Dempsey and Rami Hachache, shot in black, white and red, and featuring glammed-up ladies brandishing knives. It had a kind of Brian de Palma-esque erotic thriller vibe - certainly a little slicker than your average video. Paak features pretty prominently in it, dancing like some kind of extra from The Matrix in all black, hooded leather.
Watch the video below.
TOKi has a mini album, Fovere, out March 4th on Young Art Records, featuring this track, as well as collaborations from Kiya Lacey, a l l i e, Jonny Pierce of The Drums and Gavin Turek. TOKi's also due to play Coachella in April.
10/10 Would Listen: TOKiMONSTA