Anderson .Paak has swiftly gained momentum as one of the top artists to keep an eye on after his work with DJ Premier and Dr. Dre on the Compton album. Dr. Dre took to his Pharmacy show to premiere the 9th Wonder and Callum Connar produced “The Season/Carry On” and it’s well worth the listen.
Today marks the release of “Bad Neighbor” the collaborative album amongst MED & Blu & Madlib. Entirely produced by Madlib, the album highlights MED and Blu’s chemistry together alongside an all-star cast of guest features including MF DOOM, Aloe Blacc, Mayer Hawthorne, Phonte, Dam-Funk, and many others.
In celebration of today’s album release, check out the single “The Strip” featuring Anderson .Paak.
Mass Appeal presents this docu-series on Anderson .Paak that follows him as his fingerprint on the music industry continues to grow.
Anderson .Paak’s 2014 album Venice opens with a track titled “Waves” which includes sounds of the Pacific Ocean crashing onto the shore of Venice Beach and the voice of renowned surfer Miki Dora (RIP) talking about what it feels like to ride a huge wave. We’re pretty sure Paak can relate: Since then the artist formerly known as Breezy Lovejoy has racked up six production and vocal credits on Dr. Dre’s Compton album and is currently riding on top of a crazy wave of buzz and opportunity.
And the wave never stops—last week, he teamed up with Chicago/L.A. production duo Blended Babies to release The Anderson .Paak EP. Working with L.A. producer Knxwledge, they recently finished up their next NxWorries EP while simultaneously touring with Earl Sweatshirt. Now Paak’s preparing his next solo effort, Malibu, working with a crazy who’s who list that currently includes Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, 9th Wonder, and Madlib among others.
Today, Mass Appeal premieres Anderson .Paak’s new web series, A N I M A L. Shot by Micah Stell, the show is a quick-paced, jump-cut-filled account of newfound fame, which mirrors the wonderfully turbulent life that Paak is adjusting to. “It’s been a crazy ride and I’m not really concerned with stopping any time soon,” says Paak. “This is what we’ve been working toward for a long a time. We’re ready, and I’m glad I can share this moment with new fans and people that want to get to know me.” The cast of characters ranges from Paak’s wife and son to his L.A. underground homies like Dumbfoundead and LO_DEF, to global superstars like Dre and Kendrick.”
Anderson Paak has employed the Blended Babies to handle all of the production on his upcoming Anderson Paak EP. Here’s the first single featuring Donnie Trumpet and Asher Roth.
So the story goes that DJ Premier spent a few days in the studio alongside St. Petersburg’s BMB Spacekid and one half of LA-based funksters NxWorries, Anderson Paak. The result of their combined wizardry is “Til It’s Done” – a headnodding joyride through electro-funk characterised by a hip-hop drum kit underbelly and topped by Anderson’s ever-capable vocal acrobatics.