“Just don’t forget the dot though…’Cause they slept on me for so long, now they have to pay attention to everything. Details.”
Anderson .Paak discussing his moniker on Hot97
Hailing from Oxnard, California, Anderson .Paak is a musical force to be reckoned with! He’s a singer, songwriter, drummer and producer with a soul/funk/r&b/hip hop sound. His style is born from his lived experiences in the baptist church, playing the drums from the age of 12, singing and playing in cover and wedding bands, and growing up in the suburbs an hour north of L.A. With a few years under his belt, Anderson .Paak has worked with some greats (and some of my favs), like SiR, Doja Cat, Blended Babies, MadLib, Schoolboy Q, Knxwledge, TOKiMONSTA, The Game, and Dr Dre just to name a few. Like he stated in the quote above, people seriously need to start paying attention.
Now in the middle of writing a new chapter in his artistry, Breezy Lovejoy has evolved into Anderson .Paak. This new name pays tribute to his family history, his Korean background, and is also a play off his government, Brandon Paak Anderson. On this new path of his musical journey, .Paak is grabbing new ears and walking away with real fans. I was first introduced to him through “The City” off of his debut EP with the new moniker, Venice (2014). I was caught by the clean production, his distinctly raspy yet soothing voice, and his unique style.
In early 2015, Anderson .Paak formed a duo with Knxwledge, calling themselves NxWorries. Trust me when I tell you… this… team… is… sick! They released Link Up & Suede (2015) and I believe this debut EP is just a bite size introduction into the madness they plan to release in the future. With the amazing beat production skills of Knxwledge, to the slick tongue of Anderson .Paak, I’m excited to see what else they will create together.
Throughout 2015 .Paak was putting in work collaborating with a few artists, including Dr. Dre’s Compton and The Game’s The Documentary 2.5. All of this, while also building his next master piece, Malibu (2016). During an interview with 106KMEL, .Paak described Venice as an exploration of sound, showing his musical range. Malibu, produced by him and his band, The Free Nationals, was more like reaching “a certain destination. We’re kind of exploring that… We’re still at the beach, riding the waves.” And I whole heartedly agree. Compared to his previous album, Malibu has true stylistic focus – full of funk, soul and r&b. There are a few songs where I just cannot stay put it my seat while I’m listening. And other songs that are like stories, containing bits and pieces of personal reality, like .Paak losing family members to incarceration or substance abuse.
This album features beat production from the likes of Jose Rios (a member of The Free Nationals), Callum Connor, Madlib, KAYTRANADA, 9th Wonder, and Hi-Tek. Some of my favorite tracks include: “The Waters” ft BJ the Chicago Kid, “The Season|Carry Me”, “Room in Here” and “Come Down”.
Anderson .Paak’s presence in the music scene is refreshing, eclectic, and energizing. I think his soulful sound has been missed in the airwaves and I’m excited for all of his future projects. Nothing but great tunes will come from him and his team. Also, I must say that I’m SUUUUPER hyped because I’m going to BC Festival and The Roots Picnic, both of which he will be performing at! Definitely cannot wait to see him and his band live. Much respect Anderson .Paak.
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