Voodoo News: Anderson .Paak Slides Up Ladders

Anderson .Paak slid under the industry’s collective radar for a long time. An R&B singer with a raw, unpolished voice and an old-school hip-hop sensibility, he was relegated to the underground for much of his career. Now, at age 30, he’s got a hit record, a spot in the XXL 2016 Freshman Class, and a catalogue of verses for legendary L.A. artists Dr. Dre and Schoolboy Q.

Last Night: Rae Sremmurd and Lil Yachty Have Fun For Fun's Sake

When "No Flex Zone" came out in 2014, Rae Sremmurd seemed to enter that year’s lengthy canon of one-hit-wonders that also included OG Maco's “U Guessed It,” DeJ Loaf's “Try Me” and Bobby Shmurda's “Hot Nigga." Like those songs, it had a hot beat and catchy, repetitive lyrics, but not much else.

AF the Naysayer Reveals the Soundtracks Behind His Soundtrack

Last year, indie producer AF THE NAYSAYER’s The Autodidact Instrumentals Vol. 1 began life as a set of beats that suddenly had to stand alone when his planned collaboration with a rapper fell apart. His affection for West Coast G-funk and new jack swing shows through in the tracks, so much so that one, “R-96,” got a second life when the Japanese rapper Shizuku Kawahara added vocals to it.

Men of the Year

In this week's Freshly Spilt Milk, our playlist includes new music from rappers Jayaire Wooods and Lil Yachty, as well as tracks by house and techno classicists Erick Morillo and Kevin Saunderson, electronic music made from found sound in Senegal and Gambia, and remixes of Beck, The Crystal Method and Freddie Gibbs.