Artist of the week: Anderson .Paak
The life of Brandon Paak Anderson seems to be the product of the imagination of a skilled writer. Born into a Black and Korean family in Oxnard, Southern California, he began, as many teenagers, to produce music in his bedroom and began to perform as a drummer at his family’s church. In 2011, and before he managed to make ends meet as a musician, Paak worked at a marijuana farm in Santa Barbara. He was let go without warning, becoming homeless together with his wife and infant son.
When he began to be recognized in the Los Angeles musical scene, he quickly released his first two albums under the Breezy Lovejoy moniker in 2012 and released the following year an all-covers EP titled Cover Art that became his first official output as Anderson .Paak. Venice, his debut LP, arrived in 2014, but it really was his high-profiled guest spots on Dr. Dre’ Compton and The Game’s Documentary 2 that created the buzz for his much anticipated followed-up.
Malibu, his recently released sophomore effort, is an exhilarating collection of songs that showcases his enormous versatility, channeling his various musical interests into his focused songwriting and energetic performance. From soul harmonies and trap cadences to old-school R&B, there is plenty to be enjoyed in this wondrous album, making it already a strong contender for one of the most exciting long plays of the year.
João Pedro da Costa is a web studies scholar and a music fan.