Anderson .Paak Mashes Up Erykah Badu & Lil Nas X To Make Old Town Road Brand New

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Anderson .Paak is one of the more versatile artists in popular music. In the last 12 months alone, his two albums, 2018’s Oxnard and 2019’s Ventura present a singer, an MC, and a musician who can occupy different corners of genre and style. Moreover, the Southern California native creates a vibe that is retro, forward-sounding, and often right on the zeitgeist.

For BBC Radio 1’s “Live Lounge,” he blends Andy gets behind the drum pads. With two backup singers, and The Free Nationals a keyboardist, a guitarist, a trumpeter, they churn out two songs at once. The moment uses Erykah Badu’s “Window Seat” with Lil Nas X’s chart-smashing “Old Town Road.”

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.Paak shows why Lil Nas created a song that so many people made their soundtrack. His voice slides over the Country imagery with modern-day flare. The keys, however, are playing Badu’s 2010 video single, as produced by The Roots/Soulquarians’ James Poyser. Shortly after the 2:00-mark, the instrumental breaks, and stylishly it builds it back into a groove.

Andy uses a mock-British accent to introduce his band. This year’s Ventura features André 3000, Nate Dogg, Smokey Robinson, and others. Earlier this year, .Paak won his first Grammy Award for single “Bubblin.”

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#BonusBeat: The Free Nationals featuring Mac Miller and Kali Uchis single, “Time”: