Around this time last year, P-Lo dove into the summer with his debut album More Than Anything, a snapshot of his life boasting features from many Bay Area contemporaries including G-Eazy, E-40, and Rexx Life Raj. In addition to recent collabs with the likes of blackbear and YMTK, the seasoned Pinole, California emcee has maintained his streak with a slew of wavy singles including “same squad” and “woke.”
P-Lo returns to our pages today with his sophomore album aptly titled Prime. Flaunting catchy verses over bouncy production from himself, Cal-A, and Senojnayr, P-Lo truly excels throughout. One of the standout tracks from the project “crystal” finds P-Lo trading verses with Slimmy B and DaBoii of rising rap quartet SOB X RBE, sure to find its way to any poolside party or late night function.
Stream Prime below and catch him in your city on the Endless Summer Tour.
The Bay Area’s rich musical legacy is sustained by talents that have steadily released content of a reliable and remarkable quality. While artists such as Kehlani have grabbed the spotlight recently, names like P-Lo merit just as much recognition. P-Lo is a familiar figure throughout the Bay Area. The HBK Gang co-founder’s name is littered across the hip-hop industry as a prolific producer. Alongside the aforementioned Kehlani, P-Lo has credits on work from YG, Yo Gotti, and Iamsu! just to name a few. P-Lo has established himself as a hitmaker. However, never one to rest on his laurels, the Pinole native continues to push himself as an artist, recently dropping his solo studio album More Than Anything as evidence of his versatility.
More Than Anything collects 15 tracks that P-Lo describes as coming from real “experiences” and “real places.” In typical fashion, P-Lo recruits various HBK members including Kool John and Iamsu alongside other prominent names such as Rex Life Raj, G-Eazy, and E-40 to help him bring classic Bay sound to the album. Despite being a clear product of the hyphy movement, P-Lo doesn’t let this define his musicality. Songs like “The End” or the titular “More Than Anything” bring a different side of the rapper to light—the more stripped down tracks that see P-Lo solo over the instrumental stand out as new and refreshing. These more meticulously crafted pieces provide nice contrast to the energetic anthems P-Lo has made a name for himself with, and round the album out well.
More Than Anything is showing all the layers I have as a human and artist. I’m a hyphy ball of energy but some people think I’m all slaps – I’m going to show them that I can do more than that.
Produced with the help of Cal-A and Michael Keenan, More Than Anything signals a change in P-Lo’s image. P-Lo is a veteran of the music industry and well-respected on the West Coast. His draw as a producer is evidenced on the album. Songs like “Put Me On Something” show his ability and experience in making hits. More Than Anything goes past this however, demonstrating P-Lo’s willingness to take risks in order to grow as an artist.
P-Lo’s More Than Anything Tour kicked off with a bang and is all set to round up in San Francisco. Catch the tour dates below and stream the full album on soundcloud here.
The multitalented SOSUPERSAM has returned with a new single, “So.” Following the JR Jarris– and GANAN-produced “Like,” her latest track recruits fellow Soulection artist ESTA. on production for a wavy collab. Her alluring vocals complement sparse synth plucks and crisp percussion, setting up P-Lo for a quick verse of his own.
“So” also stands as the latest peak at SOSUPERSAM’s upcoming debut Garden EP, out September 23. Stream the track below and RSVP for her upcoming release party on September 20 in LA, featuring Sasha Marie, Partytime, and more.
Earlier this month, Caleborate (also known as That Black Kid That Raps, TBKTR) accompanied Noodles and P-Lo on the Before Anything Tour. A straight run of four shows across California, needless to say the love was reciprocated from both ends. Keep your eyes peeled for slick cameos from guitarist JHAWK, OG Kel, Trolly, Coach Nic, and more. Whether you were FOMOing at home during or want to relive the sheer moments of greatness, be sure to catch the first part of the recap below, courtesy of Adrian Per and the rest of the TBKTR fam.
Caleborate’s upcoming project, 1993, drops later this month on August 29.
As the follow-up to his Red Balloon Project from earlier this year, Skizzy Mars is back with the wavy, poetic single, “Alcoholics.” The track offers Mars’ notorious cleverness and charisma channeled through his passionate delivery, accompanied by smooth, booming production from fellow Penthouse Music member Michael Keenan. Mars’ latest cut is also the first track off his upcoming debut album, Alone Together, which is set to release January 22nd.
Mars will kick off the Alone Together tour with HBK’s P-Lo in February. Peep the dates here and snag your pre-order of the album via iTunes.
Skizzy Mars: Twitter // SoundCloud
Michael Keenan: Twitter // SoundCloud