You might know Anderson .Paak’s original moniker was Breezy Lovejoy, you probably know he’s collaborated with West Coast big dog; Dr. Dre, you might know Knxwledge’s real name is Glen Boothe and you probably know he produced Kendrick Lamar’s Momma. But following the digital release of YES LAWD! on Friday we wanted to find some things about NxWorries that you might not know…
1. The increasingly infamous duo first connected on Twitter, Knxwledge hit .Paak up, sent him a load of beats and the rest is history.
2. Knxwledge was raised in Philadelphia on a steady diet of religion and music. He used to help clean his family’s church and if there were ever any disused instruments he would get to take them home.
2.1) After years of hoarding Boothe eventually persuaded his parents to buy him a sampler, the Roland SP-303.
3. Similarly, .Paak grew up drumming in his family’s church; the St. Paul Baptist Church in Oxnard, California.
4. When brainstorming about what to call themselves, .Paak and Knxwledge came up with the name SayNxMore before settling on NxWorries.
5. Knxwledge’s first ever gig was at San Diego University alongside fellow Stones Thrower; Samiyam, The Gaslamp Killer, “Detroit’s hip-hop ambassador” House Shoes and a relatively unknown, Danny Brown.
6. The album is named after .Paak’s catchy exclamation; “YES LAWD!” The phrase features on 4 of the 19 songs on the album.
7. The album artwork for YES LAWD! was created by Jeff Jank. Jank is also responsible for nearly all the Madlib and Quasimoto’s designs and illustrations, as well as J Dilla, MF DOOM and Dam-Funk’s and no less than two Bonafide covers(!)
8. Knxwledge’s favourite video game is power stone 2_
9. In 2011 .Paak was the tour drummer for American Idol finalist Haley Reinhart.
10. Knxwledge used to work at a drug store in Philadelphia with fellow producer Mndsgn, they would work all night and make beats all day. He has now earned the title of prolific beat maker and boasts a Bandcamp collection of 75 tapes.
Words: Holly Hollister
Illustration: Howie Thompson