Anderson .Paak Looks Back At Ventura From His Newfound "Winners Circle"
The consensus around the net thus far is that Ventura is a marked return to Anderson.Paak's humble beginnings. The album's fourth song is adequately placed to bridge the new from the old, an underdog spirit to yep you guessed it: "Winners Circle." Cheeky Andy drives the song's intended message by channeling back to the days when boxers like Rocky Marciano, Sugar Ray Robinson, and Joe Lewis embraced the sport like a life or death proposition.
That's where Paak draws his inspiration for "Winners Circle," the boxing archetype of old is a euphemism for a passionate person who fights for something greater than themselves. If you saw Anderson's GQ quizzer, you'd know that he cherishes his family above everything, even the one of a kind wolf bag he copped in Tokyo. Paak makes it a point to elucidate this idea winners circle is bigger and more precious than a fleeting vanity proposition.
Then there's the subtext of a singular love story Andy gives the listener remote access to the whole way through. This subjective stance centered around past experiences from his days in Ventura crops up again and again. "Winners Circle" like all things Ventura on this record, is Anderson. Paak in the most thorough manner possible.
They gon' have to come for me
Came out my comfort zone to be your missing company
Somethin' about the way you never gave it up to me
But let me know that I can get it any day of the week
If talk is cheap, well then, I'm broke.
- Anderson. Paak