Anderson .Paak – Celebrate

As announced previously, this is the first post that will be a major shift of content here on this blog. Music is and has been a big part of my life but, as you can see, never really reflected here. To change this, I will start a series of posts containing transcriptions of basslines I deem worth to learn, be it for historical or musical reasons.

This time, I want to start with my favorite’s musical discovery this: Anderson .Paak (born Brandon Paak Anderson) and his second album called Malibu. Even though it draws a lot from all those classic funky and electronic rhythms, his vocals are a refreshing change from typical RnB singers you can hear on the radio. Even though he’s on the scene for a while, he became most famous for collaborating with Dr. Dre on Compton.

Compared to the rest of the songs, Celebrate is a bit of a different beast on “Malibu”. Whereas most songs feature the laid back drum and bass grooves that – with the help of drummer Questlove and bassist Pino Palladino – made D’Angelo neo-soul style famous, Celebrate sounds like a reminiscence to soul and R&B songs from the 60s with a hint of Gospel.

Verse riff. Click for full transcription (PDF).

There is – together with drums and piano – a strong emphasis on the one of the beat and occasional eighth note syncopations. Even though these could be the ingredients for a funky beat, it is actually way more relaxed due to the slow tempo and the way the bass plays slightly behind the beat. So my tip to getting this one right: listen to the record!