Anderson .Paak has proven himself to be a fantastic shape-shifting musician who is just as comfortable in hip-hop as he is in R&B and soul. His skill set is substantial – drummer, writer, producer, rapper, singer – and it’s a true sign of his standings that Dr. Dre has taken him under his wings and that everyone from Kendrick Lamar to Pusha-T have dedicated time to feature on his songs.
34-year-old Anderson .Paak first gained wide recognition in 2016 with the album Malibu, a lush 70s-inflected record about a rapper on the cusp of superstardom. 2018’s Oxnard was released on Dr. Dre’s label, Aftermath Entertainment, with Dre as producer – and it was a sonically diverse, ambitious affair firing on all cylinders. In 2019, Anderson .Paak returned with Ventura, an album imbued with a sun-kissed, honeyed tone and full of smooth chords, funk-influenced melodies and a stellar retro quality seeping through it all.
Anderson .Paak has played at Roskilde Festival twice. First show was on our Apollo stage. His show in 2018 was a groovy, party-starting, late-night festival-closing (contradictory? Not the least bit!) concert on the Arena stage. It was special (just click here and here)!
Together with his astonishing backing band, The Free Nationals, Paak works as a soulful and funky fireball on stage. Their shows never cease to be in motion, and they know how to build things up from the bangers to the sweat-dripping slow jams.
Both live and on record, the appeal of Anderson .Paak is the ability to draw on so many musical flavours. Those who like their funky pop confections get their hit, the jazz heads are catered for with Paak and Free Nationals’ drumming. Hip-hop fans get their heavy bottom bass rumble and the introspective and meaningful lyrics. The dance music qualities of Paak’s material also appeals to the ravers. It all works because Paak and his Free National band are such a tight live unit.
In 2021, they’re playing our Orange Stage. Come get your dance on. It will be hot!