Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

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August 15, 2016 by BOBBY CARTER • Good luck trying to classify Anderson .Paak and his band The Free Nationals. Much of their sound is layered atop a soulful hip-hop foundation; from there, your safest bet is to call it a hodgepodge of genres in the best way possible. Guitarist Jose Rios and bassist Kelsey Gonzalez inject a hard-rock edge into the Hi-Tek-produced "Come Down," this set's opening number. When you hear them play the first few jazz chords of "Heart Don't Stand A Chance," it's hard to simply call this R&B.

It's been a slow build for .Paak, who released a few mixtapes before his 2014 debut album Venice. This year has marked his official breakout with Malibu, on which he did what so many in his position fail to do: He capitalized. After bursting into the spotlight with his appearances on Dr. Dre's Compton LP, he immediately prepped the release of Malibu. The album sculpted an entirely new lane for Anderson .Paak. He can rhyme with best of 'em, and his vocal styling, reminiscent of '70s and '80s greats, is invigorating when set against today's tender R&B elite. Before all that, he's a drummer-slash-bandleader.

I've experienced three separate presentations of this band. First, there's the recorded version, on which .Paak collaborates with some of hip-hop's finest producers. Then, their tight stage show hits you in the chest with 90-plus minutes of pure energy. In the midst of a whirlwind tour, they stopped by the Tiny Desk and reworked three cuts from Malibu, along with an audience request that shocked even them. They stripped down and pulled back just enough to fill the room.

Malibu is available now:
iTunes: itunes.apple.com/us/album/malibu/id1065681363?app=itunes&ign-mpt=uo%3D4
Amazon: amazon.com/Malibu-Anderson-Paak/dp/B0192ZU8TG/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1471013450&sr=8-1&keywords=Anderson+.Paak+malibu+Music

Set List:
"Come Down"
"Heart Don't Stand A Chance"
"Put Me Thru"
"Suede"

Credits:
Producers: Bobby Carter, Niki Walker, Abby O'Neill; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Niki Walker, Claire Hannah Collins, Nickolai Hammar; Production Assistant: Sophie Kemp; Photo: Cameron Robert/NPR.

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Marek Body
Marek Body
21 July 2019

whats the name of the drums he play please

Sammy Sue
Sammy Sue
21 July 2019

Lordy this gentleman is so talented. Saw him in PDX and he was other wordly

jdjrj 838374
Jdjrj 838374
21 July 2019

That one wearing sunglasses is my favorite

Chuck Norris
Chuck Norris
5 star

Chuck Norris is the only man who has hit 5 home runs while playing in the Super Bowl.

Curry Rice
Curry Rice
21 July 2019

The free nationals is gooood tho.

feckless clod
Feckless clod
21 July 2019

Go José!

Jacob Rivera
Jacob Rivera
21 July 2019

15:32 “That’s actually one of my moms favorite songs” 😂

Terry Tripp
Terry Tripp
20 July 2019

Back AGAIN. I'll NEVER get tired of hearin' this tight little set. How he can keep that tip AND SING at the same time? Never ceases to amaze me. I'll take this 4-piece lineup over %99.999 of the soulless, auto-tuned shite that's passin' for music these days.Much respect to NPR for bringing so many TRULY TALENTED musicians to us.

Charles Swindoll
Charles Swindoll
5 star

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.

The Junior Finessor
The Junior Finessor
20 July 2019

3:44

Ellis Gill
Ellis Gill
20 July 2019

Them mfs were performin man

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  • Date22 August 2016
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