Anderson Paak, born Brandon Paak Anderson, is a genre-blending rapper, singer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. Accompanied by the band The Free Nationals, Paak’s released four studio albums to great acclaim, with the most popular being 2016’s Grammy-nominated Malibu. Paak is biracial, with an African-American father and his mother coming from an African-American and Korean ancestry.
Works at a marijuana farm in Santa Barbara, California, but is fired without notice, leaving him homeless with his second wife and infant son. But with an assist from Shafiq Husayn of Sa-Ra, Paak gets back on his feet by working as Husayn’s assistant, videographer, editor, writer, and producer. During this time, he begins recording his first album.
Releases his first album O.B.E. Vol.1 under the name Breezy Lovejoy.
Releases his second project, an all-covers EP called Cover Art. For the EP, he was inspired by white artists of the 1950s who covered blues and R&B records by black artists without giving much credit to the original. On Cover Art, he reversed that process, instead taking rock and folk classics from white musicians and turning them into funk, jazz, soul, hip-hop, and R&B records.
Sheds the Breezy Lovejoy name for Anderson Paak and releases his debut album Venice. He also performs six songs on Dr. Dre’s Compton and two on The Game’s The Documentary 2.5. Based on the strength of his new music, he joins Jhene Aiko on tour.
Spends the year recording his follow-up album to Venice with the likes of Schoolboy Q, 9th Wonder, and Flying Lotus.
Drops his second album, Malibu to widespread critical acclaim. Shortly after its release, citing his swift and successful working relationship with Dr. Dre, Paak signs to Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment and is named one of XXL’s Freshmen.
His single “Till It’s Over” features in a Spike Jonze-directed Apple commercial. Releases his third album Oxnard in November, which features a slew of high-profile guests like Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, J. Cole, Pusha T, and Q-Tip. Dr. Dre executive produces the album, which pays tribute to Paak’s hometown of Oxnard, California.
Begins a world tour in support of Oxnard before releasing Ventura in April. The two albums dovetail well, with Oxnard telling specific stories of Paak’s upbringing and Ventura focusing in on Paak’s personal life.
February 8, 1986
2009 – present
His latest album is 2019’s Ventura, which he wrote and recorded at the same time as his previous album, 2018’s Oxnard. The two albums, which were originally a singular album called Oxnard Ventura, were released just six months apart, flooding devoted fans with plenty of new music. Supported by singles “King James” and “Make It Better,” Ventura debuted at no. 4 on the Billboard 200, making it Paak’s first US top 10 album. Ventura is co-executive produced with Dr. Dre, and features guest appearances and production assistance from the likes of Andre 3000, Pharrell, Smokey Robinson, as well as posthumous vocals from Nate Dogg.
Anderson Paak is currently 33 years old and has been producing music since he was a teenager.
His handle on Instagram is @anderson._paak and he currently has over 1.2 million followers.