From happiness to sadness, joy to sorrow, and everything in between, .Paak takes listeners on a roller coaster ride through the best of times and the worst of times, but always tinted with motivation.
In a new interview with CBS News correspondent Lee Cowan, .Paak reveals that one emotion, in particular, is what attracted Dr. Dre to his work and, ultimately, led to him signing a recording contract with Aftermath.
“He told me he liked the pain in my voice,” .Paak recalled. “‘You’ve got that pain in your voice. You’ve got a story in your voice when I hear it. It sounds like you. Only you.’”
Dr. Dre, who gave .Paak six placements on his 2015 album Compton before officially offering him a recording contract, might have been one of the first major co-signs to recognize the 30-year-old's emotionally-charged vocals, but he certainly isn't the only one. Last year, in an interview with Genius, Mac Miller explained that it was Anderson's energetic vocals on their collaborative single "Dang!," which was written for people close to him who had passed away, that made the song "what it is."
.Paak is nominated for two GRAMMY Awards this year—for Best New Artist and Best Urban Contemporary Album for Malibu—but even if he doesn't walk away with any gilded gramophones next Sunday evening, the story in .Paak's voice, as Dr. Dre said, makes Anderson one-of-one in the record industry.