Actual Dr Dre plays live in London

From BBC - March 14, 2018

Hip-hop legend Dr Dre made a rare on-stage appearance in London on Tuesday, alongside his protege, Anderson .Paak.

The NWA founder sent the crowd wild, playing two of his biggest hits, Still D.R.E. and The Next Episode.

It was his first UK performance since 2014, when he joined Eminem for his dates at Wembley Stadium.

Dre said he'd come to Brixton's O2 Academy "to present and represent" Paak, adding: "This man right here is destined to be a star. Trust me."

Paak did his best to prove his mentor right, sprinting through a 14-song set with the irresistible energy of Prince in his prime.

The LA musician spent at least half the show behind a drum kit, rapping and singing as he showed off his virtuoso percussion skills.

When he was not at the kit, he was bouncing around the stage of the O2 Academy, demanding the audience put their hands in the air.

There was no need. They were already there.

Paak was supported throughout the show by his precision-drilled band The Free Nationals, who could switch from chicken grease funk to psychedelic rock to hazy R&B in the blink of an eye.

But the show, which was filmed for Apple Music, was over too quickly, wrapping up after just 60 minutes (dates on Paak's UK arena tour last year often broke the two-hour barrier).

"I will be back," said Paak as he left the venue. "I promise you that".

The 32-year-old multi-instrumentalist is poised for a major breakthrough this year with the release of his third album - which Dr Dre has had a "heavy hand" in producing.

The son of a South Korean woman and an African-American man; he grew up in Oxnard, California, and started playing drums in his church band at 12.

"I was one of two black kids at my high school," he has said. "I was just used to that.

"I stayed in my room and made music all the time."

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