Anderson .Paak Officially Signs to Aftermath Entertainment

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Anderson .Paak certainly knows how to kick off 2016 the right way. On January 15th, the California-based singer released his second studio album Malibu, an early contender for the year's best project. The album featured high profile collaborations from artists such as Schoolboy Q, The Game and Talib Kweli, along with top-notch, soulful production from the likes of Kaytranada, Madlib, 9th Wonder and of course, .Paak himself. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QJBB3q0MDPQ

One name notably absent on the project was West Coast Hip-Hop pioneer, Dr. Dre. .Paak started to make waves last year when he lent his talents to the good doctor for various collaborations on his long-anticipated Compton album. Given the two artists' chemistry in the studio together, many believed that .Paak would go on to sign with Dre for future releases. However, the R&B newcomer ended up staying with the independent route, releasing his latest LP via Empire Distribution (similarly, his 2015 collaborative EP with producer Knxwledge, Link Up & Suede was released on Stones Throw Records). However, new video footage of .Paak and Dre reveals a different route for Anderson's coming years.

Hours ago, the artist also known as Breezy Lovejoy released this celebratory video, thus confirming what many fans hoped and believed would come true:

https://twitter.com/AndersonPaak/status/693641292966854656

.Paak's signing was first hinted to us by Asia Bryant, another contributor to Dr. Dre's Compton album, when we interviewed her in September. Bryant stated the following:

I’m very excited to see where he goes next. I think he will be very heavily involved in the work of his protégés. I’m talking Justus’ project, King Mez, Jon Connor, Anderson .Paak...I don’t think we will get another Dr. Dre album. However, I definitely feel as if he will be a part of many more [albums] to come. - Asia Bryant on Dr. Dre's plans after Compton

Congrats to Anderson .Paak and Dr. Dre on the signing! Are you excited to see what the future holds for these two talented individuals? Sound off in the comments.