From as long as I can remember, I’ve always taken a liking to soulful artists and the more unique and different they’re from the rest, the better. That’s probably one of the reasons why I’m a (recent) huge fan of one, Anderson Paak. It’s crazy to think that this time last year I had no recollection of who this guy was. His track (Am I Wrong) with Schoolboy Q made me take notice of him. His voice is unlike anything I’ve heard before and the minute you hear it, you would easily and immediately be able to figure out that it’s him – it’s unique to only him.
In addition to Schoolboy Q, Paak has worked with some of the biggest artists most of whom are in the Hip Hop space. These include Dr. Dre, Mac Miller, Kendrick Lamar and many more.
So who is he?
Brandon Paak Anderson was born in February 8, 1986 and is popularly known by his official stage name, Anderson Paak. Paak is an American recording artist and music producer from Oxnard, California. Here’s the interesting bit, Paak was born into a Black and Korean family. At the age of seven, Paak witnessed his estranged father – a former Air Force mechanic – 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.”
Talk about hectic right?
A little history on his music
Paak released his debut album, O.B.E. Vol. 1 in 2012, under the alias Breezy Lovejoy (how do they come up with these names?). Since then, he’s went on to release Venice (in 2014) under his current moniker. He followed that up with his current offering called Malibu which was released earlier this year.
Apart from his solo career, Anderson Paak is also one-half of NxWorries, alongside record producer Knxwledge. He began producing music from his bedroom as a teenager. His first experiences performing were as a drummer at his family’s church. 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.
This is one man who seems to have had one interesting journey in life so far. In a way it kind of explains his hunger for life and his humility, this is immediately apparent in anything that involves him. That’s also another reason why I’m such a huge fan…he’s different not only in his appearance but also in his whole demeanor and voice.
Have I also mentioned that I think he’s one of the best live performers I’ve seen? I would literally give anything to experience this first hand, there’s every possibility though so why not? Get a taste below of what I’ve seen and then you’ll understand what I’m on about