Paak in Rockaway Beach, 2015
|Birth name||Brandon Paak Anderson|
|Also known as||Breezy Lovejoy (2009–12)|
February 8, 1986|
Oxnard, California, U.S.
Brandon Paak Anderson (born February 8, 1986), better known by his stage name Anderson Paak (stylized as Anderson .Paak), is an American rapper, songwriter, drummer, singer and record producer from Oxnard, California. He released his debut album, O.B.E. Vol. 1 in 2012, under the pseudonym Breezy Lovejoy. He went on to release Venice in 2014, under his current moniker. Paak followed with Malibu, in 2016, which received a nomination for Best Urban Contemporary Album at the Grammy Awards. Apart from his solo career, Paak is also one-half of NxWorries, alongside record producer Knxwledge. He is accompanied by the band The Free Nationals, who play a variety of instruments such as electric guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, and drums, and also serve as backing vocalists.
Paak was born in Oxnard, California in 1986. He is half-African American / Korean. At the age of seven, Paak witnessed his estranged father attack his mother: "My little sister and I went out front, and my pops was on top of my mom. There was blood in the street. He was arrested, and that was the last time I saw him. I think he did 14 years."
Paak began producing music from his bedroom as a teenager, while attending Foothill Technology High School. His first experiences performing were as a drummer at his family's church where he met and married his first wife. After a few years, they divorced, and when Paak was teaching at a music school, he met his second wife, a music student from South Korea. In 2011, prior to being a successful working musician, Paak was working at a marijuana farm in Santa Barbara. He was let go without warning, becoming homeless together with his wife and infant son.
In 2011, Paak had started earning acceptance in the Los Angeles music world as he worked on his debut album. Shafiq Husayn of Sa-Ra helped Paak recover financially from losing his job in Santa Barbara by employing him as an assistant, videographer, editor, writer and producer. He completed O.B.E. Vol.1 and released the album in mid-2012. He became the drummer for American Idol contestant Haley Reinhart.
On November 27, 2013, Paak produced and recorded Cover Art, an all-covers EP. Paak was inspired by the white artists of the 1950s who achieved commercial success by remaking songs written by black blues and R&B singers, while hardly ever compensating the original artists. Cover Art reversed the process and transformed folk and rock classics from white musicians into a mold of soul, jazz, hip hop, and R&B. The album was released by the independent Hellfyre Club and OBE labels. Paak was the lead producer for Watsky's 2014 album All You Can Do and is featured on three of its tracks.
On October 28, 2014, Paak released Venice, his debut album as Anderson .Paak, on OBE and Steel Wool. Paak performed on six songs on Dr. Dre's 2015 album Compton and two on The Game's The Documentary 2. In October 2015, he announced that he had recorded material with ScHoolboy Q and 9th Wonder. Paak released his second album, Malibu, on January 15, 2016, to critical acclaim.
In January 2016, he indicated that he had been recording with Flying Lotus. On January 30, 2016, Paak spoke with Scott Simon of NPR's Weekend Edition Saturday in an interview entitled: "Anderson .Paak: 'The Dot Stands For Detail' " about his tumultuous background as a child of mixed-race parents, the significance of "." (dot) Paak, his apprenticeship with Dr. Dre and how all of these influences shaped his music. On January 30, Paak announced via Twitter he has signed to Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment.
In 2016, Paak was named one of the XXL Freshman, along with Lil Dicky, Desiigner, Dave East, Denzel Curry, Lil Yachty, G Herbo, Lil Uzi Vert, 21 Savage, & Kodak Black. He said he always sends his ideas to Dr. Dre and the two work very fast.
In 2018, Paak's new single 'Til It's Over featured in a new TV commercial released by Apple Inc. The advertisement was directed by Spike Jonze, featuring FKA Twigs in the video, promoting the Apple HomePod smart speaker.
The Free Nationals – Band members
- Anderson .Paak – lead vocals, drums
- Jose Rios – guitar, backing vocals
- Ron Tnava Avant – keyboards, backing vocals
- Kelsey Gonzalez – bass guitar, backing vocals
- Callum Connor – DJ, drums, backing vocals
|Title||Album details||Peak chart positions|
|O.B.E. Vol. 1
(as Breezy Lovejoy)
(as Breezy Lovejoy)
(with Knxwledge as NxWorries)
|Violets Are Blue
(as Breezy Lovejoy)
|The Anderson .Paak EP
(with Blended Babies)
|Link Up & Suede
(with Knxwledge, as NxWorries)
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Certifications||Album|
(with Knxwledge, as NxWorries)
|2015||—||—||Link Up & Suede|
|"The Season / Carry Me"||—||—||Malibu|
|"Am I Wrong"
(featuring ScHoolboy Q)
(with Knxwledge, as NxWorries)
|—||—||Link Up & Suede|
|"Room in Here"
(featuring The Game)
|"'Til It's Over"
|"—" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.|
|"Do Thangs"||2009||Afro Classics||The Classic EP|
|"The Follow Through"|
|"Sing My Song"||2010||Verbs||The Progress EP 2: Fuck Yea Man|
|"No More Sunny Days"|
|"Body High"||2012||Love Everyday EP|
|"Wine"||Take the Stares|
|"Much Better"||Verbs||The Progress EP 3: Manifest Awesome|
|"Dreaming Out Loud"||Mike B.||Dear Michael, You're Welcome|
|"I'm on It"|
|"Prelection"||Jose Rios||To Live and Grow in LA|
|"Too Much to Ask"||2014||Nocando||Jimmy the Burnout|
|"Stand for Something"||Watsky||All You Can Do|
|"Ink Don't Bleed"|
|"Hand Over Hand"|
|"My Supernova"||Tiron & Ayomari||A Sucker for Pumps: Limited Edition|
|"It's Better for You"||Shafiq Husayn||N/A|
|"A Day Trip to the Nightosphere"||Milo||A Toothpaste Suburb|
|"New Days"||Kush Mody||Creature Comforts and a Collection of Songs|
|"Green Light"||Jonwayne||Jonwayne Is Retired|
|"Til It's Done"||DJ Premier, BMB Spacekid||N/A|
|"Own Life"||Vindata||Through Time and Space...|
|"Cold Crush"||Jose Rios||Jose Rios|
|"All in a Day's Work"||Dr. Dre, Marsha Ambrosius||Compton|
|"Issues"||Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, Dem Jointz|
|"Deep Water"||Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Justus|
|"For the Love of Money"||Dr. Dre, Jon Connor, Jill Scott|
|"Medicine Man"||Dr. Dre, Eminem, Candice Pillay|
|"Magnus Carlsen"||The Game||The Documentary 2.5|
|"Crenshaw / 80s and Cocaine"||The Game, Sonyae Elise|
|"The Strip"||MED, Blu, Madlib||Bad Neighbor|
|"Bloomingdales"||White Boiz||Neighborhood Wonderful|
|"Worlds to Run"||Busdriver||Thumbs|
|"Unique"||GoldLink||And After That, We Didn't Talk|
|"Put It Down"||Tokimonsta||Fovere|
|"Found in You"||N/A|
|"Put My Hands on You"||Dean|
|"Church" (West Coast Remix)||BJ the Chicago Kid|
|"Dance Off"||2016||Macklemore, Ryan Lewis, Idris Elba||This Unruly Mess I've Made|
|"IT G MA Remix (josh pan Opus)"||Keith Ape||N/A|
|"Blessings (Reprise)"||Chance the Rapper||Coloring Book|
|"Money on Me"||Snakehips||Money on Me|
|"Blank Face"||ScHoolboy Q||Blank Face LP|
|"No Slaves"||Knox Brown||Searching|
|"Responsibilities"||Thane, BJ the Chicago Kid||Topia|
|"Dang!"||Mac Miller||The Divine Feminine|
|"Movin Backwards"||A Tribe Called Quest||We Got It from Here... Thank You 4 Your Service|
|"OooWee"||Rapsody||Crown / Laila's Wisdom|
|"It Don't Matter"||2017||Moonbase||N/A|
|"New LA"||SiR, King Mez||Her Too|
|"Nobody"||Rapsody, Black Thought, Moonchild||Laila's Wisdom|
|"Out Here"||Ze11a, LG, Chels||4What4U|
|"Bloody Waters"||2018||Ab-Soul, James Blake||Black Panther: The Album - Music from and Inspired By|
|"WrestleMania 20"||2018||Westside Gunn||Supreme Blientele|
Awards and nominations
BET Hip Hop Awards
|2016||Anderson .Paak||Best New Hip Hop Artist||Nominated|||
|2017||Anderson .Paak||Best New Artist||Nominated|||
|Malibu||Best Urban Contemporary Album||Nominated|
Soul Train Music Awards
|2016||Anderson .Paak||Best New Artist||Nominated|||
|Centric Certified Award||Won|
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