J. Cole On Anderson .Paak “Oxnard” Collab: It Was “Signs & Confirmations”:
Anderson .Paak’s much anticipated album Oxnard finally dropped yesterday and we’re confident that lots of people are still replaying, sorting through which of the 14 tracks are their favourite. With strong features like Pusha T, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, BJ The Chicago Kid and more the tape is a top contender for fire collabs and for some, agreeing to work with Anderson on the album was something that was meant to be.
Cole chopped it up on .Paak’s House Radio and explained the little signs that made him so sure he was doing the right thing by working Anderson for their track “Trippy.”
“I don’t know if you remember this, but this is the other crazy thing that happened when it comes to this song,” Cole said, via Complex. “I just know there’s signs, when you’re on your path and you’re on your journey and you’re basically in tune, what I call being ‘in tune.’” He added: “I feel like you get signs and confirmations. I feel like God tossed you a sign and basically winked at you, and let you know that ‘Yo, whatever you’re doing right now, don’t trip, you’re in the right spot. Everything is going cool.’”
Cole told Anderson he was working on his verse at his friend’s in-home studio before they linked up to work on it together. Once they were together laying down the final version, Cole noticed the title of the album and was shocked because it was the name of the street his friend’s studio was on.
“I got the chills, because I was like, ‘Bro, you not even gonna fucking believe this,’” Cole recalled. “‘Where I just came from writing this verse, my homeboy’s house was on fucking Oxnard Street. That’s the street he lives on.’”