Californian crooner Anderson .Paak had a huge year in 2015, breaking out in a big way after appearing on The Documentary 2 by The Game as well as copping features on no less than six of the songs featured on Compton: A Soundtrack, the triumphant comeback and simultaneous swansong album of Dr. Dre.
Clearly recognising that this partnership pays dividends, Dre and .Paak today took to Twitter to announce the latter’s signing to the former’s iconic rap label Aftermath: With the hugest of huge handshakes, Dre welcomes the new Aftermath signee with a literal ‘bam’, ‘Anderson .Paak baby!’. .Paak didn’t say much apart from a ‘Yes sir!’ and a few celebratory ‘brrap brraps’, but afterwards captioned the video on his Twitter ‘Aftermath gets the last laugh’. Watch it below:
The signing comes after .Paak’s latest record Malibu dropped just over a year ago and received wild acclaim from fans and critics alike (you can read our in-depth review of Malibu right here). A follow-up record looks like it’s already brewing, with .Paak announcing earlier in January that he has been recording music with none other than super-producer Flying Lotus. Though a title and a release date still needs to happen, it looks as though Dre has jumped right on board to back .Paak and make sure his next record is even bigger and better than Malibu was.
Exactly how much involvement Dr. Dre might end up having in both the production and performance on that next record remains to be seen, but odds are that this is a partnership that will continue to produce the goods.
Hopefully Aftermath will have the last laugh on this one, .Paak is a highly promising young talent and Dre’s nurturing and influence should only help his career reach the heights it deserves to.
Get to know Anderson .Paak the man a little more by reading our interview with the King of Cali.
(Photo from Billboard.com)