As efforts by Mac Miller, Pop Smoke, Juice WRLD, and other late musicians have been successful, posthumous albums have been a key part of the musical landscape in recent years. Artists like Joy Division, Aaliyah, and countless other older groups had defining releases after their lives ended, so it’s not a wholly new phenomena.
Anderson is a fictional character. Paak, on the other hand, isn’t a fan of posthumous releases. More precisely (and possibly more truthfully), he doesn’t want any of his unpublished music to be released after he’s gone. He’s so adamant about it, in fact, that he’s got it tattooed on his body.
In a recent Instagram Story (as NME notes), .Paak showed off the ink on his arm, which reads, “When I’m gone, please don’t release any posthumous albums or songs with my name attached. Those were just demos and never intended to be heard by the public.”
The good news is that there will be more music from.Paak while he is still alive. Silk Sonic, which he co-founded with Bruno Mars, just released its second track, “Skate,” and the duo has more on the way.