A nasty El Nino-fueled storm has just made landfall in Malibu, and it's washing red slurry across the Pacific Coast Highway as a sleek black BMW heads south. Anderson Paak is dry inside, sunk into a leather seat, but the drive reminds him of leaner times. It barely has been a year since he had to wake at 5 a.m. every Sunday and make the 60-mile drive back up this road so he could earn some rent money drumming at his hometown church in Oxnard. On the drive, he would daydream about a far-off time like now.
"I put a list together," he recalls. "It was like: Get health insurance, get a car, get a bigger apartment, travel more, get a record deal, get a publishing deal, sell 10,000 units, be a part of a No. 1 album, make a million dollars. I got to check off 90 percent of the stuff last year. I hit some serious landmarks in 2015."