The news was revealed via a Twitter post by the California crooner. In the attached video, Dre appears and says, “I want y’all to say what’s up to the new Aftermath representative,” before being greeted by Paak.
This might not come as a surprise to many as the N.W.A co-founder has been working with the singer a lot lately. He appears on six tracks off Dre’s latest album, Compton: A Soundtrack by Dr. Dre, but the soulful singer has been putting in work for a couple years now with his latest offerings being The Anderson .Paak EP and Malibu.
Now, Aftermath doesn’t exactly have the most stellar track record when it comes to releasing their artists’ projects. In 19 years, the label has released just 22 albums; taking away projects from Em, 50 and Dre himself, the number drops to eight during that time frame. Artists such as Busta Rhymes, Eve (twice), Rakim and The Game have signed on the dotted line, with that particular quartet releasing out just two collective albums during their time with Dre.
It’s become almost a punchline; signing with Aftermath means sitting on the shelf waiting while the good Doctor broods over the tiniest of details, ultimately losing interest or stepping away from rumored and promised albums that never materialize.
Now that Dre has finally put out his very long-waited third album, maybe the gears will finally get into motion at the label. The current Aftermath roster consists of Eminem, Kendrick Lamar, Justus and Jon Connor. Now welcome Anderson .Paak to the team