Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals served as the musical guest on last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, where they performed .Paak’s recently-released song “Bubblin.”
The four-minute performance is a testament to .Paak’s showmanship as he goes from rapping onstage to crowd surfing and ultimately ending his set with an incredible drum solo. The stage was also fittingly covered with clear beach balls that looked like bubbles.
.Paak released the track and its music video last week. The track was premiered on Zane Lowe‘s Beats 1 show, where the artist also talked about how the song came together.
“‘Bubblin’ is just a whole lot of fun. I had the beat from Jhalil Beats and Antman Wonder. Jhalil sent me a pack of beats, you know 50, 60 beats. I loved them all. I was just writing to all these beats and that was one of them that I just loved off top. It sounded like some black 007 action adventure high speed chase type of music,” .Paak said. “Originally I was trying to get Lil Sims to rap on it first because she was in the studio too. I remember trying to get other people on it, then eventually I just wrote on it. It took me a couple of days. I did it. I started it in L.A. and I finished it in New York. And it was just one of them ones. It gets the energy going, gets the blood going.”
Recently, .Paak appeared on Sway in the Morning to discuss the “Bubblin” music video, as well as offer a freestyle over James Brown’s “Funky Drummer.”