Anderson .Paak's Vision for a Bright Future Doesn't Require Chasing Hit Singles

All the co-signs and acclaim in the world hasn't changed the approach of a truly level-headed star in the making.

Considering everything he's accomplished in 2016, Anderson .Paak has every right to have his head above the clouds. But he doesn't. 

In a new mini-documentary by Noisey entitled The Future Is Anderson .Paak, we see the artist formally known as Breezy Lovejoy preparing for his first headlining show in New York City at the historic S.O.B.'s.

Throughout the seven-minute video, Anderson is clearly excited for his moment in the spotlight but manages to keep a level head, even through praise from artists like SZA, DJ Premiere, 9th Wonder and more. 



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After releasing two widely acclaimed projects this year, along with a heavy presence on Dr. Dre's 2015 release Compton, Anderson would be justified in a pursuit of chart-topping singles. Unlike so many of his contemporaries, however, .Paak's head is in a different space.

"It'd be dope to have a few hit records, but I don't believe you should really be sweatin' that and stressin over something like that. I think it will happen if it's something that's on your mind, that you want."

Multiple times throughout the mini-doc, Anderson and his Free Nationals compatriots are seen talking about the idea of "speaking things into existence" and having a vision for their future. It's clear that .Paak is confident in his abilities and has a plan moving forward, but he's not preoccupying himself with the glittering allure of instant fame, which is refreshing, to say the least. 

Everyone featured in the documentary has nothing but nice things to say about .Paak, which is a testament to his character and something that's largely missing in the music industry as we know it. Anderson's ability to approach his surge in visibility with a level head is a characteristic prominent in some of the most legendary artists of our time, an incredibly promising prospect when juxtaposed with the potency of his releases thus far. 

Fresh off the release of Yes Lawd! with producer Knxwledge, we're left wondering if and when Anderson will hit his artistic peak—everything he's done this year has felt like a peak until we hear whatever comes next—but with this glimpse into his perspective, it's clear he's ready to roll with whatever this crazy journey throws his way.



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