With an aura akin to Maxwell and the soulfulness of D’Angelo, Anderson .Paak is the newest R&B balladeer to emerge from the west coast. .Paak recently signed to Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment, which is a sure way to catapult to musical stardom. He’s a multi-talented artist who can sing, write, rap, produce and play the drums. Humble and honest, .Paak hits with songs of struggle and perseverance like “The Dreamer” (which features Talib Kweli and Timan Family Choir) and “The Season/Carry Me.” In a lane of his own, .Paak is poised and distinctive in his presentation, putting him atop any list of fresh, up-and-coming performers.
Score: 8 out of 10
Steel Wool/OBE/Art Club/EMPIRE