Anderson Paak

WATCH: Anderson .Paak Describes Working with Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar & Q-Tip

November 9, 2018

By Eyasu Delesa

When Anderson .Paak heard that Dr. Dre wanted to meet him, he just couldn't believe it.

"My manager at the time was like 'You want to work with Dre? They want you to come over.' I was like 'yea right.," Paak told WPGC's Adimu. 

But luckily for the talented musician, the news was true.

Paak says he met the legendary producer during a studio visit while Dre was working on " Compton."

"They started throwing on beats. I loved the beats. I was like 'this is the craziest beat I ever heard,'" Paak described. "We just kept working after that." 

The rest was history. The pair collaborated and created critically-acclaimed "Malibu" album in 2016.

Paak rolled through WPGC ahead of the release of his highly-anticipated "Oxnard" album and talked about working with the likes of Dre, Kendrick Lamar, and Q-Tip.

"Another peer that I really admired and look up to man. What he's done in the game, what his whole team has done in the game is amazing," Paak said about Lamar. "His whole team has always extended the hand and treated me like I was family before he knew anything about me."

When Kendrick Lamar sent in his verse for their "TINTS" collaboration, Paak says he was in disbelief. 

"A year and a half later he sent the verse back. I was like 'WHAT.' I almost crashed my whip."

The California native also described how Q-Tip was a big influence on him growing up.

"The soulfulness, the sampling, the production, also the rhyming and singing that Q-Tip does. It's like that was it. That was one of the artists that showed me hip hop can be more than just one type of thing. Another OG I really admire who's more like a mentor," Paak explained.

"Oxnard" hits stores November 16.

Watch the full interview below:

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