A new hip-hop documentary called Word Is Bond is set to premiere on Showtime on Friday, February 16. Today, the network has shared a new trailer featuring Anderson .Paak, who discusses his influences. “I consider myself someone that’s coming up out of the hip-hop culture. And when I really was trying to write music, I thought I was going to be an MC. I thought I was going to be a gangster rapper,” he says. “I was influenced by Snoop and Dre, and there was nothing bigger than that.”
.Paak continues, “I love Radiohead’s stuff. I like sad white boy music, too. That stuff is all important to me, and it all goes into my artistry, but it’s coming from a hip-hop perspective. I feel like it’s coming from a drummer’s perspective.” The clip also finds .Paak performing Malibu’s “The Season / Carry Me.” Watch below.
Word Is Bond is directed by Sacha Jenkins. According to a press release, “the film explores the transformative power of lyrics in the world of hip-hop.” In addition to .Paak, the documentary features interviews with Nas, Pusha T, J. Cole, Rapsody, Big Daddy Kane, and others. Word Is Bond premieres at 10 p.m. Eastern on Friday, February 16.
Read Pitchfork’s Rising feature “Anderson .Paak and The Power of Positive R&B.”
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