Anderson .Paak played SOB’s & ‘Colbert’ (pics, video, review)
photos by PSquared; words by Andrew Sacher
Last month, Anderson .Paak released Malibu, his first album since getting a serious career boost by being the breakout star of Dr. Dre’s album Compton. He came to NYC this week to celebrate (after being delayed by Winter Storm Jonas), hitting The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Wednesday (2/3) and a sold-out SOB’s show last night (2/4).
Last night’s show began with just Anderson’s DJ on stage, and seconds later Anderson’s voice started coming through the PA as he slowly made his way to the stage. It was pretty clear from that instant that he’d have the crowd in the palm of his hands the whole night. He introduced his next song by shouting out Dr. Dre and DJ Premier (the latter of whom was in the house) and then played his Dre/Premo collab “Animals” from Compton. Once he got into the Malibu stuff, his ace band joined him on stage. In addition to the DJ (who also plays electronic drum pads), he’s got a guitarist and a bassist, and Anderson himself takes over on live drums for about half the set. He’s most entertaining when he’s up front, so it’s almost too bad that there isn’t another full-time drummer, but when he gets behind that kit he kills. He’s easily as good at drumming as he is at singing and rapping, and when he really goes off (like at the end of the Colbert performance), it’s truly a sight to be seen and had the SOB’s crowd was howling.
If you haven’t seen Anderson .Paak yet, don’t miss the chance. It was one of those shows where the album is already great but the live show just brings it to a whole other level.
Marcus Machado and Jay Watts opened, but we missed the latter. Check out more pictures from SOB’s and the Colbert video below…