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

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Pablo Torrejón Colombo
Pablo Torrejón Colombo
21 May 2019

After hearing this I got pregnant

izem tunc
Izem tunc
21 May 2019

he cute

juancar 75
Juancar 75
21 May 2019

Me acabo de dar cuenta de que es la música que usan a veces en la Resistencia jajajajaj

Chuck Norris
Chuck Norris
5 star

After meals, Chuck Norris picks his teeth with a pneumatic drill

joanne jones
Joanne jones
20 May 2019

Go ack and listen to Rez and you hear the same sound.

joanne jones
Joanne jones
20 May 2019

Love Paak.

ZACC CHEN
ZACC CHEN
20 May 2019

Absolutely love that they’re having a blast, Paak was smiling through the whole thing 😂

MrCrashLandis
MrCrashLandis
20 May 2019

she widdit'

Cicero
Cicero
5 star

We must not say every mistake is a foolish one.

Gabriela Patat
Gabriela Patat
20 May 2019

La energía que transmite al tocar es hermosa, la precisión relajada, un deleite Anderson, no me canso de este vídeo.

Cramunhão Rasta
Cramunhão Rasta
19 May 2019

Vlw MV bill

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  • Duration15:38
  • Date22 August 2016
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