There wasn’t anyone who was as all over music in 2016 as Anderson .Paak. Presenting his unique sound and catch-phrase “Yes Lawd!” on his sophomore album Malibu, Anderson toured the popular, R&B, and hip-hop worlds changing everything he touched into a groovy .Paak hit as if he was King Midas creating pure gold.
His record with Knxwledge Yes Lawd!, “Dapper” with Domo Genesis, “Glowed Up” with KAYTRANADA, “Dang!” with Mac Miller, and “Blank Face” with ScHoolboy Q were just a handful of the best of .Paak this year. He might not have been the most deep or politically active artist of the year, but he brought with him a sound since Malibu at the beginning of the year, or even Compton in 2015, that has stayed as present as ever today. Anderson .Paak is fun, the escape that we need, and the sound of 2016.