Battle of the Bands

Anderson .Paak

October 13, 2019 11:00 pm
More than just a detail, the “.” in Aftermath’s Anderson .Paak’s name is a shot fired, putting the world on notice of an artist unlike anything the twenty-first century has ever seen. With a soulful essence harkening back to some of the most iconic voices of the seventies, yet embodying a raw uniqueness fully present in the now, the acclaimed singer/rapper/drummer/producer has managed to successfully alchemize a cross-section of musical styles – R&B, hip-hop, and dance – into a solid, undeniable, irresistible “genre-less sound.”  A rabid worldwide fan base, praise from a host of critics at outlets including Rolling Stone, Billboard,New York Times,Los Angeles Times, and Pitchfork, and electrifying appearances on Ellen, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Tonight Show Starring artists on the music scene today.

Born Brandon Paak Anderson in Oxnard, California, as a teen he played drums in his church band and later famously worked at a marijuana farm, all while honing his musical chops and in pursuit of his dreams. And while shining glimpses of his extraordinary talent were evident in his first incarnation as Breezy Lovejoy, it was fully realized in his transformation into Anderson .Paak, with his debut album Venice and a stellar six-song run on Dr. Dre’s certified Gold COMPTONalbum, that stoked anticipation for what would be the perfect storm of his sophomore release, 2016’s Malibu. A seamless tsunami of soul-stirring, body-shaking, infectious and deeply-personal songs with features by ScHoolboy Q, The Game, Talib Kweli, BJ The Chicago Kid, and Rapsody, also with first-class production by 9th Wonder, Dem Jointz, Robert Glasper, Kaytranada, Madlib, Hi-Tek, and more, the album was a sonic wonder, met with universal rave reviews. .Paak won the 2016 Grulke Prize at South by Southwest, received Grammy nods for Best New Artist and Best Urban Contemporary Album, nods for the BET Hip Hop Award’s Best New Hip-Hop Artist and the NME Award’s Best New Artist, won the Soul Train Music Award’s Best New Artist, Album of the Year at Gilles Peterson’s 2016 Worldwide Awards in London, and Malibu was certified Gold in Europe. His monster hit Come Down was delightfully inescapable, heard in several popular television shows and major commercial campaigns for the NBA and Nike, and Am I Wrong?reached the #1 spot on Billboard and Clio’s Top TV Commercials chart after being featured in the Google ad “Joy Ride by You, Phone by Google.” Later in 2016, as part of the duo NxWorries with collaborator/producer Knxwledge, came the release of the album Yes Lawd! (the title echoing Paak’s signature phrase), a hit with critics and fans alike that reached #3 on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop chart.

In his relatively short career, the prolific .Paak has self-published over 100 songs to market. In 2017, he established the nonprofit organization, .Paak House, committed to creating safe havens for the next generation and cultivating alliances with like-minded nonprofits for a greater united impact. .Paak has also acquired impressive list of collaborations including acts such as Mac Miller (whose song Dang!featuring .Paak was certified Gold), Chance the Rapper, Rapsody, A Tribe Called Quest, and his band The Free Nationals, a steady stream of requests to work with some of the industry’s most renowned artists, and an instant hit Til It’s Over, heard in the Spike Jonze directed commercial “Welcome Home” for Apple’s HomePod starring FKA Twigs, as well as a monster single in “Bubblin” that saw a Jimmy Kimmel Live! Performance and won him his first GRAMMY for Best Rap Performance in 2019. .Paak also made his debut SNL appearance performing “Tints” as well as “Who R U?” off his recent album Oxnard, his third LP and first on Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment. The album marked a career high for him debuting as the #1 Independent album in the country according to Billboard as well as debuting at #5 on the Rap chart, #6 on the Hip Hop/R&B chart and #11 on the Top 200. The phenomenal album was executive produced by Dr. Dre and features the likes of hip-hop legends Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, J. Cole, Q-Tip, and Pusha T. Following the album’s release, .Paak has been on a sold-out tour in both the US and Europe, with fans anxious to see his energetic and captivating live performances.