In 2016, singer/songwriter Anderson .Paak’s stock skyrocketed. Not only did he secure himself two Grammy nominations for his critically acclaimed project, Malibu, but he also provided features for Mac Miller, ScHoolBoy Q, and A Tribe Called Quest.
.Paak recently visited Pharrell on his Beats 1 radio show OTHERtone to speak on his success, his contributions to Dr. Dre’s Compton album, and what he’s cooking up with Q-Tip.
To get the conversation going, .Paak delved into his relationship with Dr. Dre and how the Compton album sparked his meteoric rise to fame. “I think that was one of the platforms for sure, man,” said .Paak. “It’s like, Dre is putting out an album, and he’s really gonna put out an album, and I wind up on six of the tracks. So I know a lot of people were like, ‘Who is this guy?’ So, yeah, after that, stuff started happening. I had a little more leverage. People started hitting me up. It was cool. It was funny.”
.Paak also revealed that he’s been in the studio with Q-Tip. “We got records, me and Tip,” said.Paak. “He’s like Dre. Same thing, straight out of the board. The way he produces… you don’t know. It’s all spread out, and then all of a sudden, you’re like, ‘Damn, you got a whole song.’ … We got some joints, man.”
When asked whether he was going to keep some of their collaborations for his future project, .Paak insisted that he wants to continue churning out material and see what happens from there. “One of them made the Tribe album, and we still got a few that we’re sitting on. I just wanna keep going over there and making stuff, keep building.”
Check out the full interview below.