I usually stay out the way of these hype secret free promotional gigs.
You know the ones you hear about on the socials leaving you feeling sad because you you didn’t get the hook up and grumpy because you ain’t in the cool crowd and always miss out.
This time around it felt good being one of the cool kids being invited to this secret gig to see one of the dopest artists to emerge on the Hip Hop scene in the last seven years.
First rising to prominence on Dr Dre’s Compton Album before dropping 4 excellent studio albums and a string of consistent dope features.
Tonight we witnessed a generational talent in his prime alongside one of the tightest live bands (The Free Nationals) in the business!
This was a show you couldn’t overhype.
The standards were high and even that was exceeded.
This show was excellence. Anderson glided from song to song delivering a world class musical experience be it singing whilst playing on the drums as well or on the mic breaking out into James brown esq dance routines with his background singers
We were treated to variety, alternative versions of singles and non album cuts like ‘Downtown’
This show appealed to day one Anderson .PAAK fans and those that came on board off the back of his Silk Sonic success with Bruno Mars.
Anderson closed with a rendition off ‘Bubblin’ to send the audience home happy before getting up from the drum kit and tossing his sticks into the crowd where I was treated to the final visual of two ladies fighting over a drum stick only to come to a diplomatic resolution over a game of rock, paper, scissors!