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We played Valorant against Anderson .Paak

We also chatted about the artist’s storied musical career, and how he balances so many talents

Mike Mahardy leads game criticism and curation at Polygon as senior editor, reviews. He has been covering entertainment professionally for more than 10 years.

Listing Anderson .Paak’s accomplishments requires a deep breath. The singer, rapper, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist has released four studio albums. His Tiny Desk Concert is the most viewed in the history of the NPR series. His songs — which run the gamut from funk to R&B — are featured in Forza Horizon, Madden, NBA Live, and FIFA. He has collaborated with the likes of Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, André 3000, Smokey Robinson, Nate Dogg, Christina Aguilera, Earl Sweatshirt, and Rick Ross, to name a select few. He has formed two musical duos, the latest being with Bruno Mars.

He has also won four Grammys. Yet somehow, he still finds time to play video games. And yesterday, he joined us for one of his favorites.

.Paak, along with jazz prodigies DOMi and JD Beck, teamed up to take on Team Polygon in a series of 3v3 matches in Valorant, presented by Alienware. Between matches, we chatted about his history with video games, his storied musical career, what movies he’s been watching lately, and his top fashion tips for gamers.

You can watch our stream with .Paak above, or check out the archive over on Polygon’s Twitch channel.

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