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10 New Artists You Need to Know: November 2014

Meet the rising stars of rock, EDM, hip-hop and more acts shaping your tomorrow

Diptych of emerging artists Anderson Paak and Oliver Heldens

Anderson Paak (left) and Oliver Heldens (right)

Eleanor Stills; Bart Jansen

Once again, we talked to 10 of the hottest artists who are climbing the charts, breaking the Internet or just dominating our office stereos. This month: Dej Loaf's viral rap&B, Dorothy's blazing rock, Oliver Heldens' unique house blend, a country supergroup starring a Black Crowe or two — and much more! 

Anderson Paak

Eleanor Stills

Anderson Paak

Sounds Like: Club kids, Cali weed and Tumblr R&B

For Fans of: Chance the Rapper at his sing-songiest, Miguel, AlunaGeorge

Why You Should Pay Attention: With its allusions to Low End Theory-styled electronic beats, chirpy radio pop and house, Brandon Anderson Paak's impressive, genre-blending debut, Venice, exemplifies R&B's post-Internet metamorphosis. But his roots run deeper than your typical Bandcamp rookie. Born in Oxnard and raised a Southern Baptist — he still plays drums every Sunday at St. Paul Baptist Church — Paak toiled in L.A.'s underground for years as Breezy Lovejoy, from busking as a session musician with innovative soul producer Shafiq Husayn to rapping and singing with experimental hip-hop crew Hellfyre Club. Around 2012, he switched to his government name. "It was hard for me to imagine introducing myself working with certain idols like Dr. Dre and Kanye West and introducing myself as Breezy Lovejoy. It made me cringe a little bit," he says. Anderson Paak's Venice arrives just as he's starting to gain wider notice, thanks to a opening slot on Watsky's tour and a duet with TOKiMONSTA for the electro-soul ballad "Realla." 

They Say: Paak explains the story behind one of Venice's better cuts, the DJ Nobody-produced "Milk N' Honey": "It's about my experiences with older women. Sometimes when I'd play in clubs, I wouldn't have a place to stay, so me and other musicians would bang older broads in order to have a place to stay and eat. Sometimes these older women would spend money on us and feed us. Whether we'd have sex with them or not, they were down to help us in our journey. So I took that and expanded on it to tell a story where you have a sugar mama, and you're having the greatest time of your life with her money, but it turns around on you."

Hear for Yourself: In a stunning B&W clip for "Miss Right," Paak investigates the murder of a video model. By Mosi Reeves

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