Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals performs at Coachella Stage during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 19, 2019 in Indio, California. 

Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals performs at Coachella Stage during the 2019 Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival on April 19, 2019 in Indio, California. 

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The world needs more funk. The kind with gritty "whoops," sizzling hi-hats and vocals that slink their way through any tempo. Anderson .Paak is that artist. His scratchy chords and quirky charisma make his blend of soul, funk and R&B punchier and more creditable. But he isn't lacking credit: .Paak won his first Grammy earlier this year for best rap performance and has collaborated with a slew of legends.

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His last two records were produced by Dr. Dre, and he's recorded with everyone from Kendrick Lamar in "Tints" to Smokey Robinson in "Make It Better" and André 3000 in "Come Home."

Just give him a beat and some bass, and .Paak will lay out an intricate track bursting with genuine spontaneity only a few can pull off. Over the last few years, .Paak and his supporting band, the Free Nationals, have built a solid reputation in the concert circuit. The front man is both suave and goofy onstage, nailing the quick-footed lyrics with a massive grin.

If this funky, multi-layered style is just what you need to jazz up your summer, .Paak and the Free Nationals will be in Dallas at Toyota Music Factory on June 12. Before you go, take a few moments to explore some of their best work and get to know what makes Anderson .Paak such a good time.

Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals, June 12 at 7:30 p.m. at The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory, Irving. $39 to $79. livenation.com.

"Come Down"

"Tints" featuring Kendrick Lamar

"Make It Better" featuring. Smokey Robinson

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