If you haven’t heard of the name Anderson .Paak before then go back to bed. While the music artist and producer has been softly killing the contemporary music scene with his raspy, soul-filled melodies and cool, crooning attitude, he’s also made himself all the more legit with recently being nominated for next year’s Best New Artist Grammy award—alongside fellow artist Chance The Rapper. The man came to mainstream light by way of Dr. Dre, who brought the young, creative genius into his Aftermath Entertainment record label after realizing the potential the Oxnard, California-native had well before anyone else had the chance to foster his talent. From that relationship, .Paak was brought on for a solid six songs on the highly anticipated Compton album released last year, and even made it on for two tracks on The Game’s The Documentary 2.
I didn’t grow up as a singer at all. Singing came very last and it didn’t come natural. It was something I had to work on just like everything else.
But in his own right, .Paak released his debut album back in 2014 titled Venice, and with his rapidly successful trajectory, followed up with Malibu earlier this year which, and we’re not just saying it, is still on heavy rotation at the office, along with his joint effort NxWorries, a collaboration duo band with producer Knxwledge–if you haven’t listened to their Yes Lawd! album yet then go home. From a few other seemingly random but definitely more-than-welcome projects and acclaims, like his live Spotify Sessions album where he performs alongside his band The Free Nationals, his feature on KAYTRANADA’s “Glowed Up,” appearances on ScHoolboy Q’s Blank Face, and having made XXL’s 2016 Freshman class, .Paak—born Brandon Paak Anderson—has had a momentous year and then some, and you know what they say: “success makes you hungry as fuck.” So not being one to break age-old sayings, we decided to take the humble superstar to one of his (and ours, and yes it was also our favorite before he told us it was his…) favorite Korean Barbecue joints in Los Angeles’ Koreatown, a sweet little spot called Ten-Raku.
Sitting with our contributor Aaron Miller, the two chopped it up to some chopped choice meats (poultry and seafood only for .Paak) as they went in-depth on his immaculate knowledge of the wondrous complexities of fine KBBQ dining—most in part to his half Korean heritage we’re assuming—as well as other lesser important shit like his early-days struggle in pursuing music as a career, his transition from moniker Breezy Lovejoy to Anderson .Paak, and the real feels on meeting living legend Dr. Dre, all the while day drinking like a boss does. Check out the video in the jump above, and make sure you circle back on the regular to catch future no-homo dinner dates with other creative talents to come. And to last you a while longer, check out .Paak’s brilliantly directed video project for “The Season / Carry Me / The Waters” below.