Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert

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Watch Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals play "Come Down", "Heart Don't Stand A Chance", "Put Me Thru" and "Suede" at the Tiny Desk.
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August 15, 2016 by BOBBY CARTER • Good luck trying to classify Anderson .Paak and his band The Free Nationals. Much of their sound is layered atop a soulful hip-hop foundation; from there, your safest bet is to call it a hodgepodge of genres in the best way possible. Guitarist Jose Rios and bassist Kelsey Gonzalez inject a hard-rock edge into the Hi-Tek-produced "Come Down," this set's opening number. When you hear them play the first few jazz chords of "Heart Don't Stand A Chance," it's hard to simply call this R&B.
It's been a slow build for .Paak, who released a few mixtapes before his 2014 debut album Venice. This year has marked his official breakout with Malibu, on which he did what so many in his position fail to do: He capitalized. After bursting into the spotlight with his appearances on Dr. Dre's Compton LP, he immediately prepped the release of Malibu. The album sculpted an entirely new lane for Anderson .Paak. He can rhyme with best of 'em, and his vocal styling, reminiscent of '70s and '80s greats, is invigorating when set against today's tender R&B elite. Before all that, he's a drummer-slash-bandleader.
I've experienced three separate presentations of this band. First, there's the recorded version, on which .Paak collaborates with some of hip-hop's finest producers. Then, their tight stage show hits you in the chest with 90-plus minutes of pure energy. In the midst of a whirlwind tour, they stopped by the Tiny Desk and reworked three cuts from Malibu, along with an audience request that shocked even them. They stripped down and pulled back just enough to fill the room.
Malibu is available now:
Set List:
"Come Down"
"Heart Don't Stand A Chance"
"Put Me Thru"
Producers: Bobby Carter, Niki Walker, Abby O'Neill; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Niki Walker, Claire Hannah Collins, Nickolai Hammar; Production Assistant: Sophie Kemp; Photo: Cameron Robert/NPR.
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  1. NPR Music
    NPR Music
    6 maanden geleden

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    1. Andrew Call
      Andrew Call
      Dag geleden

      If "Rhyme and Punishment" isn't already the name of a hip-hop album, it should be.

    2. S S
      S S
      4 dagen geleden


    3. SunTai
      5 dagen geleden

      Hip Hop?

    4. רז אשל
      רז אשל
      8 dagen geleden


    5. Edgar De La Torre
      Edgar De La Torre
      11 dagen geleden

      Enjoying Anderson and the free nationals. Then a muppet shows up to cause trouble!!! Music sets you free!!

  2. William Rowland
    William Rowland
    Uur geleden

    Anyone notice he's singing without a jacket in the thumbnail? There's MORE THEYRE HIDING FROM US

  3. Hour24hour
    3 uur geleden

    Just found myself back here again!!

  4. metalpesadohiphop
    5 uur geleden


  5. Rick Aldous
    Rick Aldous
    6 uur geleden

    Can’t do them changes in time lessen yo got dem glasses man !

  6. D. Lisa del Rosario
    D. Lisa del Rosario
    10 uur geleden

    He seems to always be smiling. 😁 It just be his white teeth that shines whenever he opens his mouth.

  7. roxana v
    roxana v
    11 uur geleden

    protec this man at all cost. he's national treasure !

  8. roxana v
    roxana v
    11 uur geleden

    he'll be back there, and now with Bruno :)

  9. Nở Của
    Nở Của
    12 uur geleden


  10. Aretha Johnson
    Aretha Johnson
    13 uur geleden

    Thanks Bruno......I’m loving this have I overlooked him omg..... I’m captivated....

  11. graciela andrade
    graciela andrade
    14 uur geleden

    Muy buenos! !!

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  13. Azera Zoom
    Azera Zoom
    17 uur geleden

    yes lawd.

  14. Bri Vela
    Bri Vela
    18 uur geleden


  15. Adam B
    Adam B
    18 uur geleden

    If silk sonic is anything close to this, we're all in for a treat

  16. Kenneth Guitar Fiend
    Kenneth Guitar Fiend
    22 uur geleden


  17. prodigywyd
    Dag geleden


  18. Mike Honcho
    Mike Honcho
    Dag geleden

    The raspy voice of paak is wonderful!!

  19. IMBIDM
    Dag geleden

    I will forever love the keyboard players vibe

  20. G Sanchez
    G Sanchez
    Dag geleden

    And you drank up all my liquor, c’mon, wha I’mma s’posed do now?

  21. 김창현
    Dag geleden

    Anderson .Paak he is half korean!!

  22. ᄒᄒ
    Dag geleden


  23. Paa Grant
    Paa Grant
    Dag geleden

    I think we need an official NPR Tiny desk spotify page

  24. Noah Quiles
    Noah Quiles
    Dag geleden

    This is quite possibly the best performance of anything, ever.

  25. lashawn butler
    lashawn butler
    Dag geleden

    I listen too this song every day

  26. Joshua Ingram
    Joshua Ingram
    Dag geleden

    Man said, "simping" four years ago

  27. 최규우
    Dag geleden

    밀양박씨 최대 아웃풋 정주행

  28. 1586brittc
    Dag geleden

    Everyone who has FINALLY got onto this young man... took you long enough, but better late than never!

  29. Graham Belfield
    Graham Belfield
    Dag geleden

    came to this late, after LTDO with Bruno. OMG, what a talent is Anderson

  30. melody chipfakacha
    melody chipfakacha
    2 dagen geleden

    had to watch this twice!

  31. Luca Trapella
    Luca Trapella
    2 dagen geleden


  32. Danil Thorstensson
    Danil Thorstensson
    2 dagen geleden

    Thank you Dr. Dre for introducing this legend to the world

    1. stipe mccock is asleep in URANUS
      stipe mccock is asleep in URANUS
      12 uur geleden

      He also introduced eminem

  33. Ben Nicolas
    Ben Nicolas
    2 dagen geleden


  34. B Dot
    B Dot
    2 dagen geleden

    13k people disliked? How? Why?

  35. PNW Explorer
    PNW Explorer
    2 dagen geleden

    the live version of come down is wayyyy better

  36. carolina paredes
    carolina paredes
    2 dagen geleden


  37. balarickplays
    2 dagen geleden

    Yes, lawd!

  38. Amanatios Amanatidis
    Amanatios Amanatidis
    2 dagen geleden


  39. Chashawn Patterson
    Chashawn Patterson
    2 dagen geleden

    First heard of him when he did a song with the late mac Miller called " Dang"

  40. Ben Benassi
    Ben Benassi
    2 dagen geleden

    i discovered Paak when he came out i guess. I liked him, but got distracted or something and never looked into his catalogue. Silk Sonic made me do it and i love his 2016 album Malibu!!

  41. Javier Ruy-Pérez Jordan
    Javier Ruy-Pérez Jordan
    2 dagen geleden

    me gusta mi ñññññññññññññññ

  42. redfalkon84
    2 dagen geleden

    Amazing performance from the band and anchored by their emotional performance with the chops to let it flow and driven by a voice that some say sounds like sprite. As the man said so himself (next npr visit) they spent hundreds of thousands of dollars making videos and their most popular one was in front of this tiny desk. Been a solid performer long before SS and keeps me coming back almost every day, I'm ready!

  43. Geovanne Bruno
    Geovanne Bruno
    2 dagen geleden

    Nice! Fan from Brazil!

  44. Dw1 Esa
    Dw1 Esa
    2 dagen geleden

    Can't believe I've been sleeping on this dude just because of the XXL freestyles ;_;

  45. Matthew Singer
    Matthew Singer
    2 dagen geleden

    Love seeing a false start like on the last song. If it ain't right just stop and start it again. 👍🏻

  46. Tommy_S
    2 dagen geleden

    This is literally the coolest human being I have ever seen! Not even a question....

  47. Edu Lima
    Edu Lima
    2 dagen geleden


  48. w00td00t
    2 dagen geleden

    I'm embarrassed to admit I spend a couple seconds trying to figure out where the drummer was.

  49. Leonard Graves, Jr.
    Leonard Graves, Jr.
    2 dagen geleden

    My favorite artist. Met him at the House of Blues in Dallas, super cool

  50. Toppmax
    2 dagen geleden

    He’s nice with it.

  51. Thane Williams
    Thane Williams
    2 dagen geleden

    My favorite tiny desk performance, then Big Daddy Kane & Rakim

  52. LOVE- 83
    LOVE- 83
    2 dagen geleden

    You Rang? I’m here! Yea I’m smooth kinda Haven’t shaved my F I N E:AS* legs 4 a little while!😂But ask around I’m Super C O O L!!!!

  53. LOVE- 83
    LOVE- 83
    2 dagen geleden

    Hey I’ve got Some Riesens & I’m gonna eat 1 4U video GOD&GODS👁

  54. LOVE- 83
    LOVE- 83
    2 dagen geleden

    You H U M A N S:ROCK:Ummm:WE:R:💣’s of LOVE4THE:WORLD!!!!!

  55. LOVE- 83
    LOVE- 83
    2 dagen geleden

    Hey Have You All Ever Heard Of SHE-AUDIO??? It’s me Video GODS! Hiiiiiiiiiiiiii I’m friends W/ Francis & the EVERYTHING G R E A T!!!!!!!!!! Oh & EVERY1 GREAT!!!!!! Oh & I love Bon Iver! Ummm Justin is my LOVE!!!!!!!!!!♾💌💣

  56. Michaella Hamel
    Michaella Hamel
    2 dagen geleden

    Epitome of soul

  57. Star Gazer
    Star Gazer
    3 dagen geleden

    Haha plenty of water...I’m super glad I experienced substances I think it made me a stronger person in the end and showed me the dark side of life...It was a great life experience...

  58. Brennan Walsh
    Brennan Walsh
    3 dagen geleden

    Seriously.... God bless that lady that requested Suede... Sooooooo goood

  59. Guilherme Neis
    Guilherme Neis
    3 dagen geleden

    the guy is a monster

  60. Thái thanh Tùng
    Thái thanh Tùng
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  61. ok cool
    ok cool
    3 dagen geleden

    what a mix

  62. seanpai
    3 dagen geleden

    0:15 id rather not

  63. AEM productions
    AEM productions
    3 dagen geleden

    James Brown vibes

  64. Mindfire Art
    Mindfire Art
    3 dagen geleden

    I’m getting D’Angelo and Bilal vibes. This is sickening! Yes indeed brotha.

  65. Mindfire Art
    Mindfire Art
    3 dagen geleden

    Wooooo this is STANKY!! 🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ drums and rhyming at the same time WHAT?!

  66. Devin Leslie
    Devin Leslie
    3 dagen geleden

    This video is the gift that keeps on giving.

  67. dudu Oliveira
    dudu Oliveira
    3 dagen geleden

    Música locaaaa da porraaaaa

  68. checkmatjj
    3 dagen geleden

    lewis hamilton

  69. kiosco delamuerte
    kiosco delamuerte
    3 dagen geleden

    q bajen la temperatura al aire pls!

  70. Jared Barton
    Jared Barton
    3 dagen geleden

    How have I not heard of these guys before Silk Sonic? They're so smooth.

  71. Erica Bond
    Erica Bond
    3 dagen geleden

    The talent of Anderson .Paak and the Free Nationals is just - there are no words!

  72. Lemohang Cindi
    Lemohang Cindi
    4 dagen geleden

    the last song.......Yesssss Lord!!!! love it

  73. Qwenz Chroniclez
    Qwenz Chroniclez
    4 dagen geleden

    This dude got me on my toes 😂

  74. Camilo Delgado
    Camilo Delgado
    4 dagen geleden

    This guy and Bruno Mars would sound amazing together.

  75. Martu Luna
    Martu Luna
    4 dagen geleden

    BEST tiny desk concert ever

  76. Raquellls
    4 dagen geleden

    Thank you Bruno Mars for introducing me to him

  77. SoloAlex2005
    4 dagen geleden

    The one on the pianos is probably the same guy that did the pianos on the Little Richard tribute at the grammys.

  78. mrbreede
    4 dagen geleden

    Tiny Desk Concert Albums

  79. Mikael Palm
    Mikael Palm
    4 dagen geleden

    2:50 some tripplet skills right there. :D

  80. Orsalia Hoynes
    Orsalia Hoynes
    4 dagen geleden

    I hope this is taken as a compliment. I remember in elementary school getting Common’s CD and loving the sound. After all this time l’m getting the same vibes. Couldn’t of found this artist at a better time.

  81. nannaris
    4 dagen geleden

    Man, been listening to Anderson since he was releasing music under the name “Breezy Lovejoy” so awesome to see how far this man has come. the progression in his art is phenomenal

  82. Potisoro
    4 dagen geleden


  83. Steven Fung
    Steven Fung
    4 dagen geleden

    most viewed tiny desk concert?

    1. Demani Brown
      Demani Brown
      4 dagen geleden

      Yeah I think it is

  84. Rachelle Bañuelos
    Rachelle Bañuelos
    4 dagen geleden

    How is that Ive never heard of him. He’s amazing. Geez!

  85. Kimberly H
    Kimberly H
    4 dagen geleden

    My heart didn't stand a chance!

  86. Alfredo Silva
    Alfredo Silva
    4 dagen geleden

    nice nice nice nice!!!!!!

  87. Larissa Desrosiers
    Larissa Desrosiers
    4 dagen geleden

    The bossa nova-ish bass line in the chorus for Put Me Thru is WORKING

    1. Jacob Nosbush
      Jacob Nosbush
      2 dagen geleden


  88. P K
    P K
    5 dagen geleden

    Since 2016 I've been wondering what has Jose done during the rehearsal for Andy to be picking on him like that. I need answers yall. lol

    1. KD 875
      KD 875
      4 dagen geleden

      Picking on Jose is AP’s favorite pastime. Jose doesn’t have to do anything special to provoke it, just breathe, I guess. 😂

  89. AKSHAY Mehta
    AKSHAY Mehta
    5 dagen geleden


  90. David Bolls
    David Bolls
    5 dagen geleden

    Love it live!!!🔥🔥🔥🔥

  91. Car Guy
    Car Guy
    5 dagen geleden

    The bassist is amazing

  92. Shawn & Maddy McMann
    Shawn & Maddy McMann
    5 dagen geleden

    The part where he used his hand on the snare drum. Crazy sh*t

  93. Shawn & Maddy McMann
    Shawn & Maddy McMann
    5 dagen geleden

    Everyone from Silk Sonic welcome. AP is the truth! 🔥

  94. Daniele Giuliani
    Daniele Giuliani
    5 dagen geleden


  95. renahsixtyone
    5 dagen geleden

    His voice remembers me a little bit of George Benson's - like it and the sound of music - makes me feel like dancing and being happy... 😍😚

  96. MrDia31
    5 dagen geleden

    NOw that you've all discovered Anderson Paak, go listen to his collab with ybn cordae. And then discover ybn cordae. Thank me later.

  97. janoski09
    5 dagen geleden

    so all his songs are choruses that go on for way too long? Also, you are allowed to change the beat up with those drumms,it's super obvious he only knows one rythm.

    1. Tank Engine
      Tank Engine
      5 dagen geleden

      @janoski09 in what way do you think the rythms are similar?

    2. janoski09
      5 dagen geleden

      @Tank Engine i disagree, and for sure read all that.

    3. Tank Engine
      Tank Engine
      5 dagen geleden

      Literally every song in this performance has different rythms I think you should learn more about rythms before you make such a judgement about somebody’s playing. On the first song he is playing 8th notes on the hi-hat with occasional snare beats, and the beat is played straight. The second has a more laid back beat, and doesn’t have 8th notes. It isn’t played straight, it has light quintuplet swing. + throughout the song he does fills as well. The third song has more ghost notes as the song goes on, and the hi-hat accents throughout the song change a lot. The beat in the chorus, pre-chorus, and verse in this song also changes a lot. The fourth song has very complicated quintuplet swing. It is played in half time unlike the 2nd song which also had quintuplet swing. Not only are these beats extremely complicated to play, but they are very different. The placement of the snares and kicks on every beat is different

  98. Rafael Cabral
    Rafael Cabral
    5 dagen geleden


  99. lonnie mcgeorge
    lonnie mcgeorge
    5 dagen geleden

    I slept on this dude .... I’m WOKE NOW ...

  100. Quel Salla
    Quel Salla
    5 dagen geleden

    What beautiful smile he has