Hip-hop’s relationship with gospel music has really surged over the past year or so. While there was always gospel sounds on the scene, it wasn’t always as out in the open as it has been recently. 2016 saw the release of both Kanye‘s The Life Of Pablo and Chance The Rapper’s Coloring Book, which relied heavily on mixing hip-hop beats and sounds with gospel choirs and soulful singing. Now Anderson Paak has graced our ears with a fantastic new version of his Malibu track Come Down, collaborating with the Hometown Gospel Choir to give the song an incredible new feel.
The video is part of The Grammy’s “Believe In Music” ad campaign, launched in the lead up to the 59th Grammy Awards. Anderson .Paak is one of the “Best New Artist” nominees, and it’s clear that he’s loving the recognition. He’s up against the afore mentioned Chance The Rapper, along with The Chainsmokers (ugh.), Maren Morris, and Kelsea Ballerini. You can check out the rest of the nominations here, but no matter who wins (except The Chainsmokers. Please no.), it’s great to see artists like Chance and .Paak get some awards love.
Check out the video below, as it’s really great to see a different spin on such a good track, especially utilising such beautiful gospel elements.
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