Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals are the latest to take part in NPR’s highly successful Tiny Desk Concert series.

If you’ve seen Anderson .Paak in concert, you know he delivers a show 99 times out of 100 and the 100th time is a freak of the other 99. He and his band The Free Nationals hit NPR for their Tiny Desk Concert series and performed a series of cuts. In their opening performance, guitarist Jose Rios and bassist Kelsey Gonzalez splash with a little hard-rock influence to “Come Down”. The Hi-Tek produced Malibu cut is hair raising enough but when condensed to a small area, it feels more and more like an anthem. The jazzy, mellowed out chords of “Heart Don’t Stand A Chance” make you wonder if you could call .Paak & company a soulful hip-hop band and be correct.

Actualy, you wouldn’t be but that’s besides the point. The breakthrough rookie uses his 20-minutes in front of NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert audience to play the hits. Three cuts from Malibu are on the set: “Come Down”, “Heart Don’t Stand A Chance” & “Put Me Thru”. When the crowd offers their own selection, they pick “Suede” from NxWorries, .Paak & producer’s Kxwledge’s group.

Stripped down, fully hair raising. A .Paak & The Free Nationals live show is something one just can’t miss, even if it’s in a small room.

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