Billed as a ‘one night only’ free (yes, free) gig presented by Dr Dre and Apple Music there were thin murmurs of the Westcost legend making an appearance, however very little could have prepared London for what was to unfold.
No less than five minutes into .Paak’s hour long storming show, the ever anthemic intro to ‘Next Episode’ plays out. Having seen Paak once before it is one of many tricks up his sleeve which he usually teases before dropping into an insane mashup of his song ‘The Waters.’ However, as the iconic bassline loops round and Paak rouses up more and more excitement from the audience, out strolls the OG himself before the entire venue loses their shit as the song drops.
Following up with ‘Still D.R.E.’ the 53-year old veteran says a few words of appreciation, pointing to .Paak, adding ‘This man right here is destined to be a star. Trust me’ before swiftly leaving the stage. It is a truly unbelievable moment and one which was over way too soon.
Anderson .Paak, or better known to his friends as Cheeky Andy, bounces his way through material from his impeccable Malibu album through to his NxWorries project Yes Lawd! with a sprinkle of new flavours, namely ‘’Til It’s Over’ from the FKA Twigs HomePod advert and ‘Bubblin,’ assumedly an unreleased track from his upcoming album, which he continues to assure us is ‘being wrapped up.’
His showmanship is electric, running up and down the stage, jumping on and off the drums throughout the set, the live version of ‘Heart Don’t Stand A Chance’ is an absolute clincher and a testament to the man’s talent. Stopping dead before the first verse, he absorbs the energy at the O2 Academy for a good thirty seconds before plowing into the tongue twisting rap from one of the best songs from Malibu.
— ANDY (@AndersonPaak) March 14, 2018
The penultimate track and personal favourite is the smoother than smooth ‘Suede,’ brought to life by the annoyingly talented Free Nationals; taken a few notches down from the studio version the live track is even more sexy, groovy and all round brilliant to hear.
Closing with the funky ‘Lite Weight’ .Paak’s energy, as it is throughout the rest of the gig is infectious and it is wonderful to watch him experiment like the crazed professor he is.
Dre is rumoured to play a heavy part in the next album, so whatever Anderson .Paak is cooking up, just rest assured; it is exactly what the Doctor ordered.