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Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, 'Room In Here' (Live At SXSW 2016)

Before his eighth song at Stubb's BBQ in Austin, Anderson .Paak remembered where he was in years prior. "We came here a couple times and we've actually drove a couple times. And we ran out of gas. And we slept on floors, and whatnot," he said. "A couple years ago, nobody gave a f--- about us, and this year we're getting to play in front of great big crowds ... I feel really blessed to be here in front of you guys at this historic event." He then proceeded to demonstrate exactly why things have changed for him and his band. Over the rolling groove of "Room In Here," .Paak unleashed a smooth flow, even showing off his Marvin Gaye-bona fides while taking to the drums.

Set List

  • "Green Light"
  • "The Waters"
  • "The Season/Carry Me"
  • "Put Me Thru"
  • "Am I Wrong"
  • "Come Down"
  • "Miss Right"
  • "Room In Here"
  • "The Bird"
  • "Suede"
  • Credits

    Producers: Saidah Blount, Mito Habe-Evans, Otis Hart; Technical Director: Josh Rogosin; Director: Mito Habe-Evans; Videographers: Nickolai Hammar, Katie Hayes Luke, Cameron Robert, A.J. Wilhelm, Lizzie Chen; Editor: Cameron Robert; Audio: Timothy Powell/Metro Mobile; Assistant Audio Engineer: Loretta Rae; Production Assistants: Erin Conlon, Nathan Gaar; Special Thanks: SXSW, Stubb's BBQ; Executive Producer: Anya Grundmann.

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