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Anderson .Paak on Moment he Knew Dr. Dre Liked his Work, Studio Session Preferences + Soulfully Freestyles Live

From “Venice” to “Compton to “Malibu,” Anderson .Paak has done much more than just work on bodies of work named after Cali cities over the past year. Putting in work with vocals, production, live instrumentation and song writing, Paak’s one of a kind style caught the attention of Dr. Dre as Aftermath’s newest signee.

Joining the Sway in the Morning studios on the morning of his live television debut, Paak’s cool demeanor says it all, he’s a star. Breaking down the differences between Dr. Dre studio sessions and sessions with Game, Paak gives his own two cents on what helps him reach his creative limit. Citing good conversation and collaboration it’s easy to see that Paak took full advantage of these things while recording his latest studio effort, “Malibu.”

Self-producing multiple tracks on the album, Paak also soulfully finesses over production from legendary producers Madlib, 9th Wonder, and DJ Khalil among others. With all this new-found attention, Tracy G inquires about Paak’s current distractions. While females and Hendricks Gin are the easy answers, Paak goes into further detail citing his real lack of a work ethic and routine during his early career.  These things have panned out quite nicely now with the steady backing of Aftermath and Dr. Dre.

Ending this exclusive sit down, Paak freestyles in a style all his own. Soulfully singing over a beat, Paak is undoubtedly one of the most exciting arts out right now. Check out the full interview, grab follow Anderson .Paak on Twitter and please, please take a listen to “Malibu.”


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