Anderson Paak has seen life in its different shades more than most people will ever see their entire lives. He grew up in a home with an abusive father who eventually ended up in prison after beating his mother to stupor and at a point, he had to work in a marijuana farm to make ends meet. At some point he became homeless alongside his wife and baby after was relieved of his job at the farm.
However, as fate would have it, the sorry event became a turning point in Anderson’s life as it marked the beginning of his breakthrough in music. As of May 2019, he has four albums to his credit and these include his debut album O.B.E. Vol. 1 (2012), Venice (2014), Malibu (2016), Oxnard (2018), and Ventura (2019).
The talented young man does not only sing, he also raps and writes songs. He is equally a record producer and plays multiple instruments, including drums, percussion, and keyboards. Apart from his solo career, Anderson Paak also one half of the music duo, NxWorries, the other being record producer Knxwledge.
Anderson Paak Bio, Age
Born as Brandon Paak Anderson (stylized as Anderson Paak) on February 8, 1986, in Oxnard, California, the singer is the son of an African American father and a half mixed Korean and half African American mother.
He grew up playing drums at his family’s church and started producing music from his bedroom when he was in his teens as a student of Foothill Technology High School. Before the world got to know his name, he worked in an assisted living home, worked as an engineer for a punk band, followed a woman to Los Angeles, and established his band, The Free Nationals, while attending music school.
He also worked at a marijuana farm in Santa Barbara in 2011 but after a while, he was asked to leave with no prior warning. Having no place to go with his young family, Anderson Paak was faced with homelessness. This made him channel his energy into the only thing he could do with ease- music. Fate smiled on him and in the same year and things started changing for the better when the Los Angeles music world began to accept the singer as he worked tirelessly towards the release of his debut album.
The young father still needed money to take care of his family so, in a bid to help him recover financially from losing his farm job, Shafiq Husayn of Sa-Ra decided to employ Anderson Paak as an assistant, videographer, editor, writer, and producer.
Finally, Paak’s first album titled O.B.E. Vol.1 was completed and released in the middle of 2012. The same year, he became the drummer for Haley Reinhart, an American singer/songwriter who became popular after she came third in the tenth edition of American Idol.
The following year, particularly on November 27, Anderson Paak recorded and produced an all-covers EP titled Cover Art. The cover was released by two different labels- Hellfyre Club, a Los Angeles-based independent record label and OBE labels.
On October 28, 2014, the singer released Venice, his first album as Anderson Paak, on OBE and Steel Wool. This was followed by the release of his second album, Malibu, on the 15th of January 2016. Malibu, which received huge critical acclaim, featured contributions from 9th Wonder, Rapsody, and Kaytranada.
On 30th January, an announcement was made by .Paak via Twitter, revealing that he has joined Dr. Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment. Explaining the reason behind his action, he said he regularly sends his ideas to Dr. Dre and they work very fast together. In 2016, Anderson Paak was among the ten people named hip hop magazine XXL Freshmen.
In 2018, Anderson’s new single “Til It’s Over” was used in an Apple Inc. new television commercial which promotes the Apple HomePod smart speaker. Towards the end of the year, he revealed in an interview with Complex magazine that his next album will be released on November 16, 2018. The album titled Oxnard featured Q-Tip, Kendrick Lamar, J. Col, Snoop Dogg, and Pusha T.
On April 12, 2019, Anderson Paak released his fourth studio album, Ventura, which featured several artists, including Brandy, André 3000, the late Nate Dogg, and Smokey Robinson among others. The album released by Dre’s Aftermath Entertainment also had Dre as its executive producer.
The singer began a world tour titled “Andy’s Beach Club” in support of Oxnard on February 11, 2019. The tour kicked off in San Francisco at The Masonic and was concluded in Vienna on March 27. .Paat also announced another tour titled “The Best Teef In the Game Tour” with his band, The Free Nationals which will start on the 17th of May 2019.
His Net Worth
Despite his rough beginning, Anderson Paak has been able to make the best out of his life and career. He has been active in the music industry since 2009 and keeps getting bigger and better each year, collaborating with industry bigwigs. His net worth is estimated at $2 million.
Family, Mom, Wife, Son
Paak’s mother, whose name is not known, was born in South Korea during the war between North and South Korea, which started on 25 June 1950. The daughter of an American soldier, she was raised at first by her mother’s parents but was later taken to an orphanage from where she was eventually adopted by an American family who lived in LA.
Anderson Paak has been married twice. He met and got married to his first wife at his family church where he was a drummer. They stayed married for a few years before parting ways. Anderson later started teaching at a music school and there, he met his future second wife, a student from South Korea named Jaylyn. Together they have a son, called Soul Rasheed.
Anderson Paak Height
Paak stands at 5 feet 9 inches (176cm). He has black hair and beards, Brown eyes and often completes his dressing with a hat and a nose ring.