With a dot before .Paak to symbolize an attention to details, Anderson .Paak’s flair and difference is enough to grab listener’s attention and acquire a record deal with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath. Born Brandon Park Anderson and formerly known as Breezy Lovejoy, the artist lived an interesting childhood filled with privilege, violence, and gambling. His adulthood was no less strenuous as he dealt with unemployment and homelessness while having a family. Anderson Paak always had a knack for music, playing the drums at church in Oxnard, California.
Combined with his artistry and hardships, he has managed to make great music for the soul. His first project, Venice, was released in 2014, but didn’t quite make a dent in the industry. However, his latest project, Malibu, earned the singer plenty of attention, with its jazzy production, storytelling, and smoky vocals. Anderson .Paak’s style is all over the place, in a good way, and with so much talent, he showcases it throughout the project. “Silicon Valley” discusses his attraction to a woman who are fake in body and personality as he tries to penetrate her mind. “Without You” ft. Rapsody offers the male and female perspective of a relationship as they try to figure it out.
The singer also offers introspective songs about his turbulent childhood and troublesome parents in songs like “The Season/Carry Me” and “The Bird”. Being a singer and a rapper, Paak manages to interweave both of those abilities, which he demonstrates on his song “Suede”. Though the song has groovy, summertime production of an R&B song, his delivery and flow is similar to that of a rapper. The content of the song is reminiscent of rappers today as he discusses pimping and refers to women as bitches. However, the song is so good and catchy that one can almost overlook his vulgarity. Being a drummer, his utilization of instruments can be heard throughout his music, which is rare in music today. Malibu was great from beginning to end and with so many unique elements combined; Anderson .Paak has a bright future ahead of him.