Before Brandon Paak Anderson was known as Anderson .Paak, he originally rapped and made music under the moniker Breezy Lovejoy in 2011. Before rapping his brother-in-law nicknamed him Breezy because he would eat a lot of cheetos and fart.
Once I got to L.A., I was about 25 years old and I had my son. Before that I was living with my sister, but I got kicked out of her place. I had nowhere to go, I was with my family — my wife and my son — and there was nowhere to take them. I had stopped selling weed and I had spent all of the money. I was trying to finish up my first project, OBE, under the name Breezy Lovejoy, and get things legit.” – Anderson .Paak with CuePint/Medium
In 2010, Breezy Lovejoy released his debut EP Violets Are Blue. which is still available on spotify. In June 2012, he released his first album O.B.E. Volume 1. Just less than six months after the release of O.B.E. Volume 1, Breezy Lovejoy released his second 2012 studio album, LOVEJOY. Brandon Paak Anderson rebranded the following year, “I didn't want to be a new artist. But I remember thinking about, if I ever met Dr. Dre, could I go up to him like, ‘Hi, I'm Breezy Lovejoy.'“
Anderson .Paak became the first artist to sign with Dr. Dre's Aftermath Entertainment label in over a decade.