WATCH | Anderson .Paak – “Silicon Valley / Carry Me” (Live)

Look, man. We can’t exclaim enough about Anderson .Paak over here. Everyone affiliated with the site rocks with him heavy, and I’m hoping that Malibu ages well, because I would love to call it a classic in a few years. That being said, we’re far too early into the life cycle of the project to make those claims.

However, when there’s live performances like this, it’s easier to think that we’ll get there one day. I got the chance to see .Paak live as he opened for Earl Sweatshirt in Birmingham, AL. (who is a dope live performer, by the way), and he won the crowd over off his energy alone. Now it seems that energy isn’t enough for him; he’s hopping off microphones to play drums simultaneously now?

All jokes aside, he’s done this a few times, but for his first live performance, he seemed extremely comfortable. Stephen Colbert continues to put on for the culture, and .Paak and The Free Nationals did their thing. Check it out above, and if you haven’t listened to Malibu yet, you NEED to fix that by clicking on our review up top.

Album Review | Anderson .Paak – “Malibu”

Malibu (Artwork)

[Written By // @shanglennon

Just his second project under this moniker, Malibu is a gritty, versatile album that weaves through personal hardships, familial subject matter, and a confident realization that Anderson .Paak, formerly Breezy Lovejoy, is a name we won’t soon forget. .Paak’s versatility and unique approach to production are clearly strengths that he embraces. From the jazzy opening track “The Bird”, we’re taken through an array of genres and influences that seamlessly flow to create a cohesive piece of work.

I first became aware of .Paak due to his production of almost the entirety of spoken word artist and rapper Watsky’s third studio album, All You Can Do. Before being noticed as half of the duo NxWorries with Knxwledge or for his features on Dr. Dre’s Compton LP, I had an awareness of his broad range. His first project under his flipped government name, Venice, was a good indication that we’d be hearing something special with this sophomore effort. Continue reading