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Pretty soon it will be impossible not to watch Anderson .Paak. It is inevitable that the gritty and ridiculously talented, rap singing California native will command even more attention this year as he prepares to release his second album Malibu on January 15th. In other words, Anderson .Paak is dope as hell and you should listen to his music. I understand that my personal “go listen to this” may not be sufficient and that’s fine, Anderson .Paak happens to come with a couple cosigns that aren’t too shabby.

Name: Anderson .Paak
Location: Los Angeles, California
Genere: R&B
2015 Releases: NxWorries (Anderson .Paak & Kxwledge) – Link Up & Suede, Blended Babies – The Anderson .Paak EP

With a 2015 body of work that includes being featured on six (of the best) tracks from Dr. Dre’s Compton album, singles with 9th Wonder, The Game and ScHoolboy Q, as well as The Anderson .Paak EP alongside The (oh so talented) Blended Babies and Link Up & Suede (EP) with Knxwlegde, Anderson .Paak was everywhere; that is just one year. Plenty of music related outlets have had eyes on .Paak for nearly three years now and yet somehow he has flown under most “mainstream” radars. I will be the first to admit that he flew well under mine too, before Compton. Then, I heard Venice.Paak’s debut album.

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Released in late 2014, Venice is nearly impossible to convey in an article or review, that’s how great it is. If you don’t go back and listen to the entire album, “Milk n’ Honey”, “Might Be”, “Get ‘Em Up”, “Drugs”, “Luh You” or “Off The Ground” are all great places to start. I am almost willing to bet that if you enjoy any of those, Anderson .Paak will quickly become one of your favorite artists.

Relegating Anderson .Paak’s art to any specific genre would do everyone a great disservice. You will find funk, soul, hip-hop, R&B, rock and more as you make your way through his catalog. It seems that anyone familiar with Anderson .Paak is anticipating Malibu, set to feature names like BJ The Chicago Kid, Rapsody, Talib Kweli, 9th Wonder, HitBoy and more (which you can pre-order on iTunes, here) so, put him at the top of your Artists to Watch list.

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