There's no doubting that Anderson .Paak is amazing at what he does. As it turns out though, he had a different idea about how his life would turn out. It's not that it wasn't going to be in music, it's just that it was going to be a different genre. But first we need to start at the beginning.
.Paak stars in a forthcoming Showtime hip hop documentary called Word is Bond. It tracks lyricism within hip-hop via interviews with Nas, Big Daddy Kane, Jadakiss, Tech N9ne, Rapsody, and Rakim." In the doccie, he opens up about his early music influences.
"I was one of two black kids at my high school, I was just used to that. I stayed in my room and made music all the time," he reveals. "I grew up playing in church. I had a lot of soul influence and everything but I consider myself someone who has come up out of the hip-hop culture,"
With those initial sounds shaping his love for music, the Silicon Valley singer was convinced hip hop was going to be his genre. "When I was really trying to write music, I thought I was gonna be an MC," he remembers. "I thought I was gonna be a gangsta rapper, I was influenced by Snoop and Dre, and there was nothing bigger than that."
But have you head the dude's music? He obviously has a very broad pallete so it makes sense that he says that, "I love Radiohead's stuff. I like sad white boy music, too. That stuff is all important to me, and it all goes into my artistry, but it's coming from a hip-hop perspective. I feel like it's coming from a drummer's perspective."
Watch the Word is Bond teaser below.
Rifumo is a music writer and the founder of FDBQ Music who pretends to be a copywriter for his 9-to-5. Twitter: @rifvmo