Anderson Paak (usually styled as Anderson .Paak), is an American singer, rapper and producer from Oxnard, California. Paak was born into a Black and Korean family in Oxnard in 1986. He began producing music from his bedroom as a teenager.
His first experiences performing were as a drummer at his family's church. In 2011, prior to being a successful working musician, Paak was working at a marijuana farm in Santa Barbara. He was let go without warning, becoming homeless together with his wife and infant son.
In 2011, Paak had started earning acceptance in the Los Angeles music world, and had begun working on his debut album. Shafiq Husayn of Sa-Ra helped Paak recover financially from losing his job in Santa Barbara by employing him as an assistant, videographer, editor, writer, and producer.
He completed O.B.E. Vol.1, and released the album in mid-2012. He became the drummer for American Idol contestant Haley Reinhart. In November 27, 2013, Paak produced and recorded Cover Art, an all-covers EP.
Paak was inspired by the white artists of the 1950s who achieved commercial success by remaking songs written by black blues and R&B singers while hardly ever compensating the original artists. Cover Art reversed the process and transformed folk and rock classics from white musicians into a mold of soul, jazz, hip hop, and R&B.
The album was released by the independent Hellfyre Club and OBE labels. Paak was the lead producer for Watsky's 2014 release All You Can Do and is featured on three of the album's tracks. On October 28, 2014, Paak released Venice, his debut album as Anderson Paak, on OBE and Steel Wool.
Paak performed on six songs on Dr. Dre's 2015 album Compton and two on The Game's The Documentary 2. In October 2015, he announced that he had recorded material with ScHoolboy Q and 9th Wonder. Paak released his second album, Malibu, on January 15, 2016.
In January 2016, Anderson indicated that he has been recording with Flying Lotus.
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