Anderson .Paak Mashes Up Erykah Badu & Lil Nas X To Make Old Town Road Brand New
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.”
.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.”
#BonusBeat: The Free Nationals featuring Mac Miller and Kali Uchis single, “Time”: