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If you weren't at the Roseland last Saturday for one of Soul'd Out Music Festival's main events, you missed out. No seriously, I've never seen the Roseland crowd get so live for anyone, even the sold out mainstream hip-hop shows don't get this live. Everyone in the building was feeling the energy of this soon-to-be megastar.If you haven't been familiar with the name, you're about to be. Anderson has been grinding in the industry for a while now. Formerly known as Breezy Lovejoy, the singer-songwriter went from homeless with a wife and child, to being featured on tracks from the whole spectrum of LA artists including: Dumbfoundead, Tokimonsta, Domo Genesis, and more. Currently, Anderson is known as Dr. Dre's protégé after recently signing with Aftermath. During his hyped up live performance at the Roseland, Anderson ran through recent hits from his new album, seemingly building the energy higher and higher with each song. He's a talented performer, exuding happiness, funk, soul, and untouchable talent his whole set. He did this all whilst running back and forth from singing, rapping, and playing the drums. Long-time fans of his got a nod with tracks like Drugs and Suede (which was his unexpected encore). anderson4anderson3anderson2Peep his new album, Malibu, below:https://soundcloud.com/andersonpaak/sets/malibuBut even before the man of the hour took the stage, two acts graced the stage that deserve recognition.BJ the Chicago Kid has been on everyone's musical radar for a minute. BJ has done the honors for many hooks for many artists including, Ab-Soul, Big K.R.I.T., Chance the Rapper, Dom Kennedy, Freddie Gibbs, Jay Rock, Kendrick Lamar, Pac Div, Schoolboy Q, and the list could go on. Performing his own solo tracks with his signature swoon-worthy falsettos, the crowd was warmed up for Anderson, and got a rare treat when BJ rejoined the stage to help perform "The Waters".bj1 bj2Dave B from Seattle might be the next biggest thing that no one knows yet. His flow is so polished and the ability to switch on the fly laying down melodies over any beat makes him ready for the big time. Punch Drunk was one of our favorite projects, and if he's featured on any track he steals the limelight and makes it all his own. Getting to see him play a live show before he blows up is a plus to what was already a great lineup.daveb2 davebportrait2