Singer-songwriter-instrumentalist Anderson .Paak is the latest artist to sign with Dr. Dre’s Aftermath imprint.
Dre, who tapped .Paak to sing on his latest album, Compton, announced the news in an enthusiastic video posted on Twitter Saturday night (Jan. 30). Watch below. “I want y’all to say wassup to the new Aftermath representative,” Dre says in the black and white clip, pointing to the overjoyed 29-year-old artist. “Anderson .Paak, baby. Welcome to Aftermath.”
Aftermath gets the last laugh pic.twitter.com/Byu9ELOXtZ
— Andy (@AndersonPaak) January 31, 2016
.Paak’s big break came when last spring, when an Aftermath A&R rep called him in to sing over a beat for an unnamed Dr. Dre project. He was skeptical, but when he got to the studio, the G-funk legend was there, ready to hear the song that earned .Paak the invite.
“I was like, ‘Oh, shit — Dre hasn’t heard ‘Suede’ yet,’ ” .Paak recently told Billboard, referring to the woozy viral hit by his NxWorries duo with producer Knxwledge.
“I’m thinking he might just cut it off and walk out the room; he’s notorious for that. But he started bobbing his head, then says, ‘Play that again.’ And he cranked it, bro — I mean, it hurt my ears. After the third time, he was like, ‘All right. Let’s work.’ “
The demo .Paak went in for wound up on Dre’s Compton album (No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, with a Grammy nom for best rap album, too), as did seven other songs sporting his raspy pipes, including standout solo track “Animals,” which he had written with DJ Premier for a solo release.
On Jan. 15, .Paak released his second LP, Malibu (Steel Wool/OBE/Art Club), with guest stars as diverse as Schoolboy Q, The Game, Talib Kweli and jazz keyboardist Robert Glasper, and a hip-hop dream team of producers including underground icons 9th Wonder, Hi-Tek and Madlib.
There will be a NxWorries full-length in 2016 too, on esteemed indie label Stones Throw.