Anderson Paak Performs NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert (2016)

“August 15, 2016 by BOBBY CARTER • Good luck trying to classify Anderson .Paak and his band The Free Nationals. Much of their sound is layered atop a soulful hip-hop foundation; from there, your safest bet is to call it a hodgepodge of genres in the best way possible. Guitarist Jose Rios and bassist Kelsey Gonzalez inject a hard-rock edge into the Hi-Tek-produced “Come Down,” this set’s opening number. When you hear them play the first few jazz chords of “Heart Don’t Stand A Chance,” it’s hard to simply call this R&B.

It’s been a slow build for .Paak, who released a few mixtapes before his 2014 debut album Venice. This year has marked his official breakout with Malibu, on which he did what so many in his position fail to do: He capitalized. After bursting into the spotlight with his appearances on Dr. Dre’s Compton LP, he immediately prepped the release of Malibu. The album sculpted an entirely new lane for Anderson .Paak. He can rhyme with best of ’em, and his vocal styling, reminiscent of ’70s and ’80s greats, is invigorating when set against today’s tender R&B elite. Before all that, he’s a drummer-slash-bandleader.

I’ve experienced three separate presentations of this band. First, there’s the recorded version, on which .Paak collaborates with some of hip-hop’s finest producers. Then, their tight stage show hits you in the chest with 90-plus minutes of pure energy. In the midst of a whirlwind tour, they stopped by the Tiny Desk and reworked three cuts from Malibu, along with an audience request that shocked even them. They stripped down and pulled back just enough to fill the room.”

-NPR Music

“Make It Better” Anderson Paak ft. Smokey Robinson (2019)

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Just stumbled across an upcoming artist who goes by the name Anderson Paak. Love his old school, laidback aesthetic. It feels authentic, raw, and candid. Unfiltered. As an aspiring artist myself, I am discovering my own taste in sound and presentation. And after hearing this single, it hits home. As you may or may not know as a follower of highsnlows, I have always found comfort in old school music. I did not realize how much I loved it until I began to explore different artists of the genre, which first inspired me to create this blog and further share music that I find great and needs more recognition, or simply re-celebrated. Anyhow, Thanks for sticking with me ya’ll. As someone who identifies as a creative, I am only excited to show you guys what I create from all these hidden gems I find.

Enjoy.

♪ Oh baby, do you want to make it better?
Do you want to stay together? ♪