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Anderson .Paak
Anderson Paak 2015.pngPaak in Rockaway Beach, 2015
Background information
Birth nameBrandon Paak Anderson
Also known asBreezy Lovejoy
Born(1986-02-08) February 8, 1986 (age 31)
Oxnard, California, US
  • Hip hop
  • R&B
  • funk
  • soul
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • rapper
  • record producer
  • drummer
  • Vocals
  • drums
  • percussion
  • keyboards
Years active2009–present
  • Stones Throw
  • Steel Wool
  • OBE
  • ArtClub
  • Empire
  • Aftermath
Associated acts
  • NxWorries
  • Knxwledge
  • The Game
  • Chance the Rapper
  • ScHoolboy Q
  • GoldLink
  • Mac Miller
  • T.I.
  • Dr. Dre
  • Dumbfoundead
  • Wax (rapper)
  • Watsky
  • Blended Babies

Brandon Paak Anderson (born February 8, 1986), known professionally as Anderson .Paak, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, drummer, 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.[1] Paak followed with Malibu, in 2016,[2] 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.


  • 1 Early life
  • 2 Personal life
  • 3 Musical career
  • 4 Discography
    • 4.1 Albums
    • 4.2 Extended plays
    • 4.3 Singles
    • 4.4 Guest appearances
  • 5 Awards and nominations
    • 5.1 BET Hip Hop Awards
    • 5.2 Grammy Awards
    • 5.3 Soul Train Music Awards
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links

Early life

Paak was born into a Black and Korean family in Oxnard, California in 1986. His mother is half-African American, half South Korean. [3] 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."[4] He began producing music from his bedroom as a teenager, while attending Foothill Technology High School.

Personal life

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.[5] 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.[6]

Musical career

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.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8] 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.[2][9]

In January 2016, he indicated that he had been recording with Flying Lotus.[10] 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.[11] On January 30, Paak announced via Twitter he has signed to Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment.[12]

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.[13]

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.

Grammy Awards

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

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.


  1. ^ Reeves, Mosi (November 1, 2014). "10 New Artists You Need To Know: November 2014 – Anderson Paak". Rolling Stone. 
  2. ^ a b "Review: Anderson .Paak More Than Makes Up for Lost Time on 'Malibu'". 
  3. ^ "R&B Singer Anderson Paak Has a Curious New Project". Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  4. ^ Martins, Chris (January 14, 2016). "Anderson Paak: Dr. Dre's Golden Child Goes From Protege to Solo Star". Billboard Magazine. 
  5. ^ Breakfast Club Power 105.1 FM (2016-07-28), Anderson .Paak Interview With The Breakfast Club (7-28-16), retrieved 2017-02-07 
  6. ^ a b Weiss, Jeff (November 27, 2013). "R&B singer Anderson Paak has a curious new project". LA Weekly. 
  7. ^ "The Sound of Tomorrow with Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals (LIVE)". Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  8. ^ "Cover Art". Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  9. ^ "Life After Dre: Anderson .Paak on "Compton," Style & His New Album - DJBooth". Retrieved 2015-10-23. 
  10. ^ "BBC Radio 6 Music - Gilles Peterson, Ed Motta and Anderson. Paak". 2016-01-16. Retrieved 2016-05-12. 
  11. ^ "Anderson .Paak: 'The Dot Stands For Detail'". Retrieved 2016-01-30. 
  12. ^ "Andy $ide$tick on Twitter: "Aftermath gets the last laugh    

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