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P-Lo

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Paulo Rodriguez (born May 7, 1991), better known by his stage name P-Lo, is a Filipino American record producer and rapper from Pinole, California. His early success and initial step into the music industry originated from his role in The HBK Gang, a collective of artists from the San Francisco Bay Area. P-Lo has produced a number of tracks from notable rappers such as his self-included song titled "Boy" featuring E-40 and B-Legit, and "Everything Big" by Nef the Pharaoh. He has worked with several other major artists including Wiz Khalifa, YG, and Young Thug to name a few. His most recent work came on July 20th, 2018 when he released his album entitled "PRIME". P-Lo is known for his signature Bay Area sound that draws similarities to mobb music and the hyphy movement which were prevalent during his upbringing. His success has inspired many other Asian Americans to pursue careers in hip-hop which has lacked such influence in years previous.[1]

Early life[edit]

P-Lo was born and raised in Pinole, California, a small suburb in the East Bay of the San Francisco Bay Area. He began making beats at Youth Radio in Oakland, California where he would gain the necessary tools to create his sound. Rodriguez attended Pinole Valley High School where himself, Iamsu!, and Chief would initially form The HBK Gang.[2]

Music career[edit]

P-Lo emerged on the music scene when he co-founded The HBK Gang in 2008, who would quickly become one of the hottest groups in the nation. They dropped a countless number of hit records which resided in the top charts for months at a time. HBK is responsible for creating the new wave of Bay Area music, which brought the function back to hip hop and breathed new life into the Bay, and P-Lo played a large part in this process.

After his initial success with HBK, he began to gain notoriety in the business and linked up with Yo Gotti to create "Act Right" in 2013, still remaining one of his biggest hits to this day. His production can be seen throughout a wide range of hip hop music and P-Lo is highly regarded because of this.[3]

P-Lo first went on tour with HBK in 2013, when the gang embarked on the "HBK Forever Tour" for a month along the West Coast. A couple years later, him and fellow HBK member Kool John went on the "Moovie Tour" which also ran through the West Coast. He eventually returned for the "The Endless Summer Tour" with G-Eazy, Lil Uzi Vert, YBN Nahmir, Ty Dolla Sign, and Murda Beatz which ran across the US in the Summer of 2018.[4]

His biggest performance to date was for a crowd of 40,000 at the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum where he took the stage with fellow Bay Area artists at Rolling Loud in September 2018. Soon after, he announced his "PRIME" Tour with Oakland rapper ALLBLACK which began on November 25th, 2018.

HBK has slowly drifted and the artists have began building their own individual platforms, but P-Lo is tight knit with his group and still collaborates with many of them. While there is currently nothing set for a comeback album, P-Lo remains confident that they will rise together when the time comes.

P-Lo currently resides in Studio City, Los Angeles where he continues to perfect his craft. He looks to reinforce his presence in the music industry and stack his bread until ultimately moving back to the Bay.[5]

Discography[edit]

  • More Bitches More Gold Chains (MBMGC) - 2012
  • More Bitches More Gold Chains 2 (MBMGC 2) - 2013[6]
  • Before Anything - 2016
  • More Than Anything - 2017
  • PRIME - 2018[7][8]

References[edit]

  1. 106 KMEL (2018-04-04), P-Lo talks Bay Area Unity + Kehlani & Demi Lovato + Debuts New Music!, retrieved 2018-10-09
  2. "Rapper P-Lo keeps it real local". SFChronicle.com. 2017-07-05. Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  3. "HBK Gang: Kind Buds". The FADER. Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  4. "Behind the Beats: P-Lo". KQED. 2017-10-18. Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  5. "HBK Gang". YouTube. Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  6. "HBK GANG". SoundCloud. Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  7. "P-Lo". SoundCloud. Retrieved 2018-10-09.
  8. "P-Lo". Genius. Retrieved 2018-10-09.


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