We've been covering Anderson .Paak since 2012, back when he still went by the name Breezy Lovejoy. Wait, what's that? You didn't know he used to make music under another name? Don't worry, unless it's literally your job to interview artists, it's impossible to keep up with every worthy new artist through the full arc of their career. And now that .Paak has followed up a stellar 2015 spent working on Dr. Dre's Compton with an excellent new solo album, Malibu, poised to make him a major force in R&B, we wanted to create a handy guide to the man's career.
Here's everything you need to know about Anderson .Paak in just a few minutes.
Paak was raised in Oxnard, California and faced an unstable family life with both parents in prison. He found refuge in music and by high school was already sought after by major labels. But that early promise didn't pan out and he quickly found himself working menial day jobs while struggling to find his place in music.
After moving to L.A., Paak launched a new music career under the name Breezy Lovejoy, catching some buzz with soulfully banging songs like "Sadie" and "PYP." He decided that if he was going to succeed in music he was going to succeed as himself, changed his name to Anderson .Paak, and released his creatively fearless Venice album, which produced local hits like "Drugs" and "I Miss That Whip." Now a sought-after songwriter in L.A., he linked up with local producer Knxledge and the duo dropped "Suede," a song that absolutely exploded and ended up on multiple Best of 2015 lists.
"Suede" made it all the way to Dr. Dre's ears and Paak soon found himself invited into the Aftermath Studios to help Dre finish his Compton album, eventually landing on an astounding six of the album's tracks, most notably "Animals," introducing his voice to literally millions of listeners and leading a list of high-profile collaborations with the likes of The Game, ScHoolboy Q, and many more.
With the spotlight now swinging his way, Paak just released his latest solo album Malibu, a project that flips classic soul music on its head. With production from 9th Wonder, Madlib, DJ Khalil and more along with guest spots from The Game, Rapsody, BJ the Chicago Kid and others, Malibu is without exaggeration already destined to be one of the best releases of 2016. So know that you know everything you need to know about Paak, we highly suggest that you get to know Malibu. You won't regret it, we promise.