Anderson .Paak unknowingly foreshadowed one hell of a ride last year on 2014’s Venice. The album’s first track, aptly titled “Waves” has sounds of the Pacific Ocean crashing onto the shore of Venice Beach in his native California. Paak also included a clip of renowned surfer Miki Dora (RIP) talking about what it feels like to ride a huge wave. We’re pretty certain that Paak can relate: Six production and vocal credits collectively on Dr. Dre’s Compton album (where Anderson worked with Dre, DJ Premier, and Spacekid B.M.B. on the standout track “Animals”) have the artist formerly known as Breezy Lovejoy riding on top of a wave of buzz and opportunity that is arguably unparalleled this year.
Last week, he teamed up with Chicago/L.A. production duo Blended Babies to release The Anderson .Paak EP. Working with L.A. producer Knxwledge, the two recently finished up their next NxWorries EP while simultaneously touring with Earl Sweatshirt. Now Paak is preparing his next solo effort, Malibu, working with a crazy who’s who list that currently includes Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, 9th Wonder, and Madlib among others.
Today, Mass Appeal premieres Anderson .Paak’s new web series, A N I M A L. Curated by Ian Schwartzman and Adrian Miller, and shot by Micah Stell, the show is a quick-paced, jump cut-filled account of newfound fame, which mirrors the wonderfully turbulent life that Paak is adjusting to. “It’s been a crazy ride and I’m not really concerned with stopping any time soon,” says Paak. “This is what we’ve been working toward for a long a time. We’re ready, and I’m glad I can share this moment with new fans and people that want to get to know me.” The cast of characters ranges from Paak’s L.A. underground homies like Dumbfoundead and LO_DEF, global superstars like Dre and Kendrick, to his wife and son.
Peep the first episode of A N I M A L in the video player above.