Posthumous projects have been a way to keep the legacies of deceased artists alive, but when Anderson .Paak passes away, he’s hoping that fans remain content with the music he released during his time on Earth. On Monday (Aug. 16), the “Leave the Door Open” singer took to his Instagram Story to share a photo of his new tattoo, which includes his dying wish.
“When I’m gone, please don’t release any posthumous albums or songs with my name attached,” read the tat. “Those were just demos and never intended to be heard by the public.”
Posthumous albums have become popular in recent years after the sudden deaths of Juice WRLD, XXXTentacion, Pop Smoke and other artists whose careers were cut short at their peak.
The records have excited fans who long to hear new music, but a few critics question whether the projects go against the late artists’ wishes or are released in a way that they would have approved.
Recently, for example, Pop Smoke’s second posthumous album FAITH was the center of controversy in the days following its release, receiving negative feedback from his best friend, Mike Dee.
“For anybody saying why did I anybody drop this or that. I had no involvement in my dawgz album didn’t even know a[n] album was dropping until it got broadcasted on this internet shit,” he wrote. “I’m upset my damn self at it cuss I know he wouldn’t even want this like this.” He later encouraged fans to stream the project, which may be the last new songs Pop has in the tuck.
During a recent interview, he told radio host Kalisha Perera that he believes that FAITH “is what he (Pop) had left in the vault.”
“I feel like instead of dropping all thirty songs, I would have waited until now, till next year, that way his name will stay alive instead of just dropping it all at one time,” he said.
See Anderson .Paak’s post below.