Watch Anderson .Paak Play “Silicon Valley” and “Carry Me” on ‘The Late Show With Stephen Colbert’
Music fans in Los Angeles have been waiting a handful of years for Anderson .Paak to break through. The preposterously talented rapper and singer has long been known for his hybrid sound, and for bringing grit and grim realism to R&B. Last month, he dropped a new album, Malibu, to critical and popular acclaim; over the weekend, it was announced (after months of speculation) that he had signed to Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment. To cap off his run, last night (Feb. 3) he made his debut appearance on national television, stopping by the set of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert to play a pair of songs from Malibu.
The clip of his brief set has been making the rounds on the Internet today, notable for Anderson's musicianship. After running through "Silicon Valley," he hopped behind the drum set for "Carry Me," a heartfelt song about his childhood. The latter song especially was met with thunderous applause--the turn as a whole is one of the most powerful TV debut since Odd Future was introduced to the world with a Tyler, the Creator and Hodgy Beats performance of "Sandwithces" on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
Anderson was introduced to national audiences late last summer when he emerged as one of the chief collaborators on Compton, the long-awaited third album from Dr. Dre. He was noted especially for his work on "Animals," the first production collaboration between Dre and DJ Premier, which focuses on the scrutiny the press has placed on Black people in the wake of protests against police brutality over the last two-and-a-half years.
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