by PJ Farinas
California native Anderson .Paak took center stage at the sold out Meadowbrook Amphitheater for his “Best Teef In The Game Tour.” The singer, rapper, songwriter, record producer and multi-instrumentalist has been on quite a roll since November. He released his third studio album, Oxnard, went on a world tour, won a Grammy for Best Rap Performance for his song “Bubblin,” released his fourth studio album, Ventura, and now ANOTHER world tour that’s selling out in all states. All of it in less than a year. It’s safe to say Anderson .Paak is one of the hardest working artist in the game today.
I saw his last tour back in February at The Fillmore, which was great, but he went even harder this time around. Paak is backed up by the super talented band, Free Nationals (“Beauty & Essex” feat. Daniel Caesar & Unknown Mortal Orchestra is a must listen). What sets Anderson .Paak apart from so many other performers is that he plays the drums at the same time as handling lead vocals.
The crowd was already fired up before Anderson .Paak took the stage thanks to some amazing openers, Jessie Reyez and Thundercat. So as soon as Paak and The Free Nationals hit the stage, the energy from the crowd made them play like they were possessed. Paak is a ball of energy from start to finish. If he’s not playing drums, he can be seen covering every inch of the stage dancing his butt off. The night consisted mostly of songs from his latest album, while sprinkling in a couple of his older hits.
As the night got chillier, Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals just got hotter. It was an amazing show from easily one of the hardest working musicians on the planet.