Anderson .Paak caught up with Billboard’s Chelsea Briggs and Tetris Kelly on the pink carpet at the 13th annual Women in Music event, discussing how being a father has influenced his music, his plans for a new album with Knxwledge, and what his friendship with Kendrick Lamar has taught him.
Speaking of the success of his new record Oxnard and how being a father has impacted his music, .Paak tells Billboard, “Everything I do affects [my children]. It’s the first time in your life that you stop doing stuff for yourself and then you become selfless and you know that everything you do directly affects your family, so that just changes your whole mind state. For me, that made me want to get on my grind more, it made me want to do more, it made me want to really value my time more, than how I was before.”
Asked if he plays his kids his music before he releases it, the musician jokes, “Yeah, my son be picking out the singles and everything! If wifey don’t like it, I be like, ugh, damn! Alright, this ain’t the one.’”
.Paak also chats about joining forces with Knxwledge again for a new NxWorries album. Asked what the theme for the record will be, he says that first they just need to get back to hanging out with each other again, play some video games, and figure out where each of them is in life and just have some fun.
In the interview, .Paak opens up about his friendship with Kendrick Lamar, as well. Asked what advice the rapper has given him, he replies, “It’s crazy, cause that dude has accomplished so much and he’s my peer, like we’re the same age, so I always trip out on people like that. But he’s always been like, it’s a mix of advice and having someone to talk to.”
“It’s rare that you get a friend in the industry that you can pick his brains,” .Paak continues. “I didn’t know how hard it was to just get a radio hit and how long it really took him to really get into that whole field, too, so we were just talking about that. He was telling me to just have patience, do you. When you’re ready for whatever the next level is, then that’ll be the time. You don’t gotta be rushing for nothing.”
You can check out the full video interview with Anderson .Paak above, and watch him present SZA with the rule breaker award below.