Anderson .Paak on teaming with Bruno Mars for Silk Sonic: “Everybody told me the cheat code is linking up with this dude”
He described Mars as “one of the greatest vocalists” he’s ever worked with.
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American producer-rapper Anderson .Paak has spoken about his collaboration with Bruno Mars in the R&B superduo Silk Sonic, hot on the heels of their first album’s release.
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An Evening with Silk Sonic dropped on 12 November, and both .Paak and Mars sat down with Apple Music’s R&B Now Radio on Saturday (13 November) to speak about the project.
“There’s always a place that an artist wants to go to and I wanted to go straight to the top,” said .Paak. “And there’s a cheat code, you know what I’m saying? Everybody told me the cheat code is linking up with this dude,” pointing to Mars.
Despite having big ambitions, .Paak also acknowledged that a working relationship between the musicians would not be possible unless it was “organic and natural” – which fortunately was the case.
“We just laugh all day and talk shit and ramble. We was having too much fun, man,” he said. “I tell him all the time I have a lot of trust in him and that felt good too.”
“I felt like a large part of my career I’ve done collabs and everything but it felt good to be able to trust a dude to try it like this — great vocal producer, one of the greatest vocalists I’ve ever worked with and just pushing me to a different level.”
The respect between the two artists is also mutual, as Mars explained .Paak too pushed him to try things he’s never done before. “I think that’s what a good collaboration is,” Mars said.