Born as Brandon Paak Anderson in Oxnard, California, Anderson .Paak played drums in his church band and later famously worked at a marijuana farm as a teen, all while honing his musical chops and in pursuit of his dreams. And while shining glimpses of his extraordinary talent were evident in his first incarnation as Breezy Lovejoy, it was fully realized in his transformation into Anderson .Paak, with his debut album Venice and a stellar six-song run on Dr. Dre’s certified Gold COMPTON album, that stoked anticipation for what would be the perfect storm of his sophomore release, 2016’s Malibu.
A seamless tsunami of soul-stirring, body-shaking, infectious and deeply-personal songs with features by ScHoolboy Q, The Game, Talib Kweli, BJ The Chicago Kid, and Rapsody, also with first-class production by 9th Wonder, Dem Jointz, Robert Glasper, Kaytranada, Madlib, Hi-Tek, and more, the album was a sonic wonder, met with universal rave reviews. .Paak won the 2016 Grulke Prize at South by Southwest, received Grammy nods for Best New Artist and Best Urban Contemporary Album, nods for the BET Hip Hop Award’s Best New Hip-Hop Artist and the NME Award’sBest New Artist, won the Soul Train Music Award’s Best New Artist, Album of the Year at Gilles Peterson’s 2016 Worldwide Awards in London, and Malibu was certified Gold in Europe.
Anderson has also won Grammy awards for Best Rap Performance: “Bubblin’” (2019), Best R&B Album Ventura (2020), and Best R&B Performance “Come Home” (2020).