Later tonight, Bay Area trendsetter P-Lo takes over the Hawthorne Theatre for what’s sure to be a great show featuring openers Rexx Life Raj, sxlxmxn (FKA Stewart Villain) and Donte Thomas.

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.

 Your new album sounds great. Do you feel like this is your best work? How have you grown from past projects?

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