Music of the future, said Dr.Dre
2018 has experienced a lot of changes. In such a year, can music add another great achievement in its history? After Anderson .Paak’s third album, OXNARD, was released, 2018 can wonderfully close its curtain.
In October, there was a post on Anderson .Paak’s official Instagram telling us about a new track release, “Tints”, featuring Kendrick Lamar. After the release, the track was played on the radio in heavy rotation.
No need to mention how brilliant “Tints” is. I myself love radio and listen to it almost everyday. So, I can affirm that Japanese radio stations haven’t played hip-hop or soul music in heavy rotation in the last few years, especially by an artist from overseas. Considering Paak’s style, it is hard to believe some sort of a commercial promotion made this hype. So, I selfishly imagined that this was a pure reaction from Radio DJs who felt they should play the track on their radio show.
There is, surely, no doubt that Kendrick Lamar was a highlight of Fuji Rock Festival in 2018. To witness the coolest rapper in our times as well as avant-garde musician, music freaks kept their ears open for the Lamar’s live debut in Japan. In such Fuji Rock, Anderson .Paak was praised as one of the best acts for his awesome performance. It should be no surprise. Because Paak created the very original groove by playing drums, rapping and singing to this tech-advanced generation. “This is the music”. His performance made us convinced.
After that, words spread and made him become one of the much-talk-about artists among the music authorities. While the hype was still hot, a collaboration piece with Kendrick Lamar came out. It looked as if it was already promised that Anderson .Paak would become a musician to lead the modern time.
Born on February 8, 1986, Anderson .Paak is a singer-songwriter, drummer and producer from Oxnard, California. He grew up in a Black-Korean family with his black father from Philadelphia and his Korean mother. Since he was a child, he played drums at a church and in a wedding band. Around 2011, Shafiq Husayn from Sa-Ra hired Paak as his assistant who was home- and jobless at the time. He had an opportunity to work together with Husayn under the artist name, Breezy Lovejoy. In 2014, he changed his name to Anderson .Paak and released his first album, Venice. If I may say, his future was already strongly promised around that time when he got to know Dr. Dre and was featured on 6 tracks of Dre’s album, Compton. Dr. Dre named Anderson .Paak “music of the future”. In 2016, he released the second album, Malibu, and was nominated for “Best New Artist” and “Best Urban Contemporary Album” at the Grammy’s.
Now, time was ripe to release OXNARD. Just looking at the artists featured on it, there should be many people who would think that the album is a must-have. Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Q-tip and Kendrick Lamar, just to name a few. They are nothing but legends. The album takes you on a journey starting from hip-hop to black music through the history of jazz onto the music of the future. It is sort of a pity if this album is just categorized as hip-hop and black music, isn’t it? I read an interview in which he said, it was listening to Radiohead that made him become interested in music. Just by knowing such a fact, I shouldn’t be the only one who would think that his music must reach all music lovers. Actually, this section is dedicated to my favourite music that I would buy only on vinyl but at the time I was writing this article, there was no vinyl version released yet. According to the source, the vinyl will be released around the beginning of January in 2019. I cannot wait to have it finally in my hand.
Born on February 8, 1986. Singer-songwriter, drummer, producer from Oxnard, California. With his second album, Malibu, Paak was nominated for two categories; Best New Artist and Best Urban Contemporary Album at the 59th Grammy Award.