An originator of the Heart Break Gang (Kehlani, Sage The Gemini, Iamsu!), P-Lo touts fresh lyrics over insane production and is currently pushing his new album, More Than Anything. In addition to producing for his own all-star crew P-Lo has crafted tunes for the likes of Yo Gotti, Jeezy, YG, 2 Chains, E-40 and Wiz Khalifa. In 2016, he completed a tour with G-Eazy and he’s been written up by rags like XXL and The Fader.
I got a chance to catch up with P-Lo ahead of his Portland tour stop, and talk a bit about rap life. Check it out, and check out his show later tonight!
Mac: Word has it that you got started making beats in middle school. What got you interested in making your own music?
P-Lo: When I was little boy I had a crazy love for music. I always loved performing, so when I was able to start producing and making my own music, I just went for it.
My first introduction to HBK was at an IAMSU concert in 2013, and I learned of Sage The Gemini shortly thereafter. My understanding though is that you’re a founding member. Were you always into rapping? Or did your work begin more behind the boards?
I was always rapping, but it wasn’t in the forefront. I concentrated more on producing heavy. It wasn’t my time yet, so I took my time and I patiently waited for my opportunity.
Coming from the Bay, what are your thoughts on the city of Portland?
I love Portland, it’s so unique. Coming from the Bay I understand why Portland is the way it is. The people there are amazing and so unique.
Yeah for sure, I was able to see a lot of different things and experience a lot, and I was able to put it in the music. I think the attention to detail was the most important part of this project.
You’re on a regional tour, making great music with a great fan base. How much fun are you having?
I’m having a lot of fun, this tour is for the real real fans. Like I don’t have a hit song or anything like that, this is for fans that truly fuck with me.
P-Lo with Rexx Life Raj, Donte Thomas, Stewart Villain
June 27th | Hawthorne Theatre
7:30PM Doors/8PM Showtime | All Ages