From his humble beginnings as a soul artist by the name of Breezy Lovejoy, to now sold out international tours, Anderson .Paak has evolved into one of music’s leading voices. AP’s career took off like a rocket with the release of his Dr. Dre aided, grammy nominated album, Malibu, back in 2016. But before he had earned the co-sign of one of hip hop’s greatest MC’s, even before he became one half of the fabled duo, NxWorries, Andy was dialing in his one-in-a-million blend of hip-hop, soul, and funk with a 2013 EP titled, Cover Art.
As the name suggests, this project consisted entirely of cover songs. This project was inspired by the 1950’s movement of “white” artists and bands who made successful careers from remaking songs by “black” blues and r&b acts while maintaining most of the musical blueprints of the originals. While this introduced this music to the popular radio waves, unfortunately, the original writers hardly ever received credit and/or were never properly compensated for their songs.
AP refers to this project as reverse homage, taking rock and folk classics from Yeah Yeah Yeahs (“Maps”), The White Stripes (“Seven Nation Army”), The Postal Service (“Such Great Heights”), The Beatles (“Blackbird”), Neil Young (“Heart Of Gold”), and Toto (“Hold The Line”), and highlighting every bit of soul, jazz, hip-hop, electronic funk, and R&B like only Andy can.
Stumbling upon early Anderson .Paak is like finding buried treasure. This project gives us a glimpse into the LA artist’s creation of his sound while also highlighting his innate adaptability. If you’re a real Anderson .Paak fan, add this EP to your listening list, you can download it from Bandcamp. Stream Cover Art below. Enjoy!