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Anderson .Paak
Anderson .Paak
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Paak in Rockaway Beach, 2015
Background information
Brandon Paak Anderson
Breezy Lovejoy (2009-12)
Born (1986-02-08) February 8, 1986 (age 31)
Oxnard, California, United States
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • rapper
  • record producer
  • Vocals
  • drums
  • percussion
  • keyboards

Brandon Paak Anderson[1][2] (born February 8, 1986), better known by his stage name Anderson Paak (stylized as Anderson .Paak), is an American singer, songwriter, drummer, rapper 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.[3] Paak followed with Malibu, in 2016,[4] 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.

Early life

Paak was born in Oxnard, California in 1986. He is half-African American, half-Korean.[5] 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."[6]


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.[7] 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.[8]

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.[8]

Paak performing in July 2016

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.[9]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.[10] 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.[4][11]

In January 2016, he indicated that he had been recording with Flying Lotus.[12] 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.[13] On January 30, Paak announced via Twitter he has signed to Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment.[14]

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.[15]

The Free Nationals - Band members

  • Anderson Paak - lead vocals, drums
  • Jose Rios - guitarist, backing vocals
  • Ron Tnava Avant - keyboards, backing vocals
  • Kelsey Gonzales - bass guitar
  • Callum Connor - DJ, drums



List of studio albums, with selected chart positions
Title Album details Peak chart positions

O.B.E. Vol. 1
(as Breezy Lovejoy)
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
(as Breezy Lovejoy)
  • Released: October 31, 2012
  • Label: Self-released
  • Format: Digital download
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
  • Released: October 28, 2014
  • Label: Steel Wool, OBE, Empire
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
  • Released: January 15, 2016
  • Label: Steel Wool, OBE, Art Club, Empire
  • Format: CD, LP, digital download
79 9 17 85 88 92 18 39 33
Yes Lawd!
(with Knxwledge as NxWorries)
59 3 5 48 -- -- 82 -- --

Extended plays

List of extended plays, with selected details
Title Details
Violets Are Blue
(as Breezy Lovejoy)
  • Released: February 14, 2010
  • Label: Block Cheddar
  • Format: Digital download
Cover Art
  • Released: December 4, 2013
  • Label: Hellfyre Club
  • Format: Digital download
The Anderson .Paak EP
(with Blended Babies)
  • Released: September 28, 2015
  • Label: BBMG
  • Format: Digital download
Link Up & Suede
(with Knxwledge, as NxWorries)
  • Released: December 4, 2015
  • Label: Stones Throw Records
  • Format: CD, digital download


List of singles, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"Drugs" 2014 -- -- Venice
"Miss Right" -- --
(with Knxwledge, as NxWorries)
2015 -- -- Link Up & Suede
"The Season / Carry Me" -- -- Malibu
"Am I Wrong"
(featuring ScHoolboy Q)
-- --
"Link Up"
(with Knxwledge, as NxWorries)
-- -- Link Up & Suede
"Room in Here"
(featuring The Game)
-- -- Malibu
"Come Down"[23]
(featuring T.I.)
2016 -- --
"--" denotes a title that did not chart, or was not released in that territory.

Guest appearances

List of guest appearances, with other performing artists, showing year released and album name
Title Year Other performer(s) Album
"Do Thangs" 2009 Afro Classics The Classic EP
"The Follow Through"
"Sing My Song" 2010 Verbs The Progress EP 2: Fuck Yea Man
"Cell Phone" 2011 Dumbfoundead DFD
"No More Sunny Days"
"Body High" 2012 Love Everyday EP
"Wine" Take the Stares
"Fuck It"
"Drinking Alone"
"Much Better" Verbs The Progress EP 3: Manifest Awesome
"Dreaming Out Loud" Mike B. Dear Michael, You're Welcome
"Summer Breeze" 2013 EOM ForAllWeKnow
"I'm on It"
"Prelection" Jose Rios To Live and Grow in LA
"Sweet Day"
"Feels Good" Wax Continue
"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
"Realla" Tokimonsta Desiderium
"New Days" Kush Mody Creature Comforts and a Collection of Songs
"Freight Train"
"Sexy Sadie"
"Get Along" 2015 EOM Sunrain
"Green Light" Jonwayne Jonwayne Is Retired
"Til It's Done" DJ Premier, BMB Spacekid N/A
"Shifty" Mike Gao
"Own Life" Vindata Through Time and Space...
"Liberation" Sir Seven Sundays
"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
"Animals" Dr. Dre
"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
"Dapper" Domo Genesis Genesis
"Glowed Up" Kaytranada 99.9%
"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

Awards and nominations

BET Hip Hop Awards

The BET Hip Hop Awards are an annual awards show, airing on BET, showcasing hip hop performers, producers and music video directors.

Year Nominee/work Award Result Ref.
2016 Anderson .Paak Best New Hip Hop Artist Nominated [24]

Grammy Awards

The Grammy Awards are annual awards presented by The Recording Academy to recognize outstanding achievement in the mainly English-language music industry.

Year Nominee/work Award Result Ref.
2017 Anderson .Paak Best New Artist Nominated [25]
Malibu Best Urban Contemporary Album Nominated

Soul Train Music Awards

The Soul Train Music Awards is an annual award show which previously aired in national television syndication, and honors the best in Black music and entertainment.

Year Nominee/work Award Result Ref.
2016 Anderson .Paak Best New Artist Nominated [26]
Centric Certified Award Won


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