Anderson .Paak makes it look easy. The West Coast rapper’s banging synthesis of old school R&B sounds and new school vibes, coupled with his signature swagger, makes .Paak one of the freshest young voices in hip-hop.
After toiling in obscurity for years, turning down offers to sell out, and being homeless for a minute, .Paak’s star is rising. He blew up with the track “Drugs,” off his 2014 freshman album Venice and followed up his success with the Grammy-nominated album Malibu. CONVICTS caught up with .Paak and The Free Nationals before their Surf Lodge show. They’d been out in the waves earlier, and were digging the Montauk vibes. They opened up to us about .Paak’s old persona, BreezyLoveJoy and the crucial role of good vibing music in bad vibing times.
What’s up gang? Can you give us an introduction?
This is Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals and we’re over here at The Surf Lodge ‘bout to tear shit up. Wavy baby.
Right on. To start, let’s take it back. Tell us about BreezyLoveJoy, the persona you first started making music under?
He never got laid. He was broke as fuck. He smoked the worst weed. Drank the worst liquor. But he was always in good spirits and he had his family with him and we shared Little Caesar’s pizza. You know, we had a good time. We slept on couches, made a lot of good music together. Good stuff.
So this year we are asking everyone how important is music and love in the world right now. Thoughts?
How important is music and love? It’s the most important thing. It’s the only thing that’s a common thread people can agree on. I see so many people at festivals, so many different colors and creeds and sexualities and they can all agree on good music and good vibes. They can come together on that one thing, at least. That doesn’t always happen with politics and everything else. Yea, it’s probably the most important thing.
Is there a lot of love at an Anderson .Paak show?
Yea a lot of love. A lot of love. A lot of sexual tension.
What’s the best thing about your live show?
Feeding off the energy of the crowd. The energy that the crowd gives back that we give them, it’s just a battle, not a battle, but a tennis match you know, hit the ball back in the court, they hit it right back. It’s all night. We just go as long as they will. And bouncing boobies. A lot of bouncing boobies.
They’re really feeling it. Bounce. Bounce.
So you guys have checked out Montauk? Have you been here before?
First time in Montauk.
Tell me about Montauk. What’s it like?
I just woke up here and saw like a bunch of white people and I was like, I’m feeling this.
It’s rich. It’s nice. The beaches. The water’s warm. We went out there to the beach. It was beautiful. Blessed to be here.
They went surfing. Y’all went surfing
Good waves here. It’s a real spot.
Does it remind y’all of the West Coast?
Beaches, vibes, and girls. It kind of reminds me of the West Coast.
Real talk, it feels like West Coast.
What’s better East Coast or West Coast?
West coast, for sure.
Man, have to go with West Coast, not gonna lie. A lot of love for the East though.
We have a lot of good fun out here, for sure. Good people.
Respect. Thanks for the chat gang. Tear it up out there.