Watch Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals Perform 'Am I Wrong' At SXSW .Paak strikes a heavy groove on arguably the best song from his new LP, Malibu.
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Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals, 'Am I Wrong' (Live At SXSW 2016)

"Am I Wrong" is a tour-de-force. In four-and-a-half minutes, it scans across Anderson .Paak's capacious set of influences: Club music, disco and West Coast rap meld into an unstoppable groove. The performance emphasizes the ingenious flexibility of The Free National's stage set. Callum Conner can call to mind any genre he likes behind his laptop, while bassist Kelsey Gonzalez and guitarist Jose Rios keep the soul influence front-and-center. At the end of "Am I Wrong," Rios uses octaves and funk voicings to push the song into disco territory. Right at the breaking point, they leap into an excerpt of David Bowie's "Let's Dance." It's unexpected, but perfectly suited — just a reminder that, in .Paak's musical melange, anything is welcome.

Set List

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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