Anderson Paak

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Genre soul, blues, pop, R&B, jazz
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Brandon Paak Anderson[1][2] (born February 8, 1986), better known by his stage name Anderson Paak (/pæk/ or /pɒk/; stylized as Anderson .Paak),[3] is an American singer, rapper, songwriter, record producer and multi-instrumentalist from Oxnard, California. He released his debut album, O.B.E. Vol. 1 in 2012, and went on to release Venice in 2014.[4] He later followed up with Malibu, in 2016,[5] which received a nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album at the Grammy Awards, followed by Oxnard, in 2018 and Ventura, in 2019.

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Anderson Paak was born in Oxnard, California on February 8, 1986. His father is African-American, whereas his mother is of mixed Korean and African American background.[6] Anderson's mother was born in South Korea during the Korean War, to an American soldier and a Korean woman. She was initially raised by her Korean grandparents, before being placed in an orphanage and then later adopted by an American family who lived in Los Angeles.[7]

At the age of seven, Paak witnessed his estranged father attack his mother: "My little sister and I went out front and my pops was on top of my mom. There was blood in the street. He was arrested and that was the last time I saw him. I think he did 14 years."[8]

Career[edit]

2009–2013: Career beginnings[edit]

Paak began producing music from his bedroom as a teenager, while attending Foothill Technology High School. His first experiences performing were as a drummer at his family's church where he met and married his first wife. After a few years, they divorced, and when Paak was teaching at a music school, he met his second wife, a music student from South Korea.[9] Paak and his wife, Jaylyn, now have a son named Soul Rasheed. In 2011, prior to being a successful working musician, Paak was working at a marijuana farm in Santa Barbara. He was let go without warning, becoming homeless together with his wife and infant son.[10]

In 2011, Paak had started earning acceptance in the Los Angeles music world as he worked on his debut album. Shafiq Husayn of Sa-Ra helped Paak recover financially from losing his job in Santa Barbara by employing him as an assistant, videographer, editor, writer and producer. He completed O.B.E. Vol.1 and released the album in mid-2012. He became the drummer for American Idol contestant Haley Reinhart.[10]

On November 27, 2013, Paak produced and recorded Cover Art, an all-covers EP. Paak was inspired by the white artists of the 1950s who achieved commercial success by remaking songs written by black blues and R&B singers, while hardly ever compensating the original artists.[11] Cover Art reversed the process and transformed folk and rock classics from white musicians into a mold of soul, funk, jazz, left-field pop, hip-hop, and R&B. The album was released by the independent Hellfyre Club and OBE labels.[12] Paak was the lead producer for Watsky's 2014 album All You Can Do and is featured on three of its tracks.

2014–17: Venice and Malibu[edit]

Paak performing in July 2016

On October 28, 2014, Paak released Venice, his debut album as Anderson Paak, on OBE and Steel Wool. Paak performed on six songs on Dr. Dre's 2015 album Compton and two on The Game's The Documentary 2.5. In 2014, Paak also joined Jhené Aiko on her 'Enter The Void' tour. In October 2015, he announced that he had recorded material with Schoolboy Q and 9th Wonder. Paak released his second album, Malibu, on January 15, 2016, to critical acclaim, featuring contributions from 9th Wonder, Rapsody, and Kaytranada.[5][13]

In January 2016, he indicated that he had been recording with Flying Lotus.[14] On January 30, 2016, Paak spoke with Scott Simon of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday about his tumultuous background as a child of mixed-race parents, that the "." in his name stands for "detail", his apprenticeship with Dr. Dre and how all of these influences shaped his music.[15] On January 30, Paak announced via Twitter he has signed to Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment.[16] He said he always sends his ideas to Dr. Dre and the two work very fast.[17] In 2016, Paak was named one of the XXL Freshmen, along with Lil Dicky, Desiigner, Dave East, Denzel Curry, Lil Yachty, G Herbo, Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, & Kodak Black.

2018–present: Oxnard and Ventura[edit]

In 2018, Paak's new single "Til It's Over" featured in a new TV commercial released by Apple Inc. The advertisement was directed by Spike Jonze, featuring FKA Twigs in the video, promoting the Apple HomePod smart speaker.[18] In an interview with Complex magazine posted on October 10, 2018, Paak revealed that his forthcoming album Oxnard will be released on November 16, 2018.[19] Paak released his third studio album Oxnard on the 16th of November. The album is executive produced by Dr. Dre and is a homage to Paak's hometown in California. The album has a heavy funk theme throughout the project and features artists such as Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, Pusha T, J. Cole and Q-Tip. He also co-wrote 2 songs on the sixth album from Christina Aguilera, Liberation in 2018. On December 3, 2018, Paak announced a world tour in support of Oxnard. The tour is titled "Andy's Beach Club" and began in the USA on February 11, 2019, before heading over to Europe.[20]

Paak released his fourth studio album, Ventura, on April 12, 2019 and features artists like André 3000, Smokey Robinson, Brandy, and the late Nate Dogg, among others. Ventura was executive produced by Dr. Dre and was released by Dre's record label, Aftermath Entertainment. The title follows the theme of his previous albums, making his way up the California coast. Whereas Oxnardcovered various snippets of Paak’s life in vivid detail, Ventura hones in on more personal details of the artist himself, returning to the mine of slick R&B and funk rap of his acclaimed debut Malibu.“Growing up in Oxnard gave me the grit and the church to find this voice of mine. One town over, I went further and found my depth," Anderson Paak made in a press statement.[21] He also announced a new tour, titled "The Best Teef In the Game Tour" with his band, The Free Nationals, which will begin on May 17, 2019. The tour will be supported by Thundercat, Mac DeMarco, Earl Sweatshirt, Noname, and Jessie Reyez.[22]

The Free Nationals – band members[edit]

  • Anderson Paak – lead vocals, drums
  • Jose Rios – guitar, backing vocals
  • Ron Tnava Avant – keyboards, backing vocals
  • Kelsey Gonzalez – bass guitar, backing vocals
  • Callum Connor – DJ, drums, backing vocals

Discography[edit]

Main article: Anderson Paak discography

Studio albums[edit]

Collaborative albums[edit]

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