Magazine article U.S. Catholic


Magazine article U.S. Catholic


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Anderson .Paak (Steel Wool Records, 2016)


To call Anderson .Paak a new artist wouldn't quite be accurate.

It's true, the Los Angeles singer/rapper broke out in 2015 with splashy guest spots on Compton, Dr. Dre's long awaited solo album. But in reality, he had been building buzz as a talented drummer and songwriter for some time, making music under the name Breezy Lovejoy before adopting a stylized version of his given name (Brandon Paak Anderson).

Coasting on last year's success is Malibu, Paak's second album--and his most realized effort yet. Center stage is his memorable voice, a nasal rasp that slides into a Jamesonsmooth croon; think Kendrick Lamar meets A1 Green. He toggles between singing and rapping so effortlessly there are times the distinction all but disappears.

Paak, the son of a Korean farmer and an African American Air Force veteran, isn't a bad storyteller either. The opening track, "The Bird," details a hardscrabble upbringing over a syrupy blues riff: "My mama caught the gambling bug/We came up in a lonely castle/My papa was behind them bars. …

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