During his long-awaited and inevitable visit to Sway’s Universe, Bay Area’s P-Lo came through and chopped it up with the crew, breaking down his newest release Shine.
P-Lo credits much of his influence to the Bay Area’s culture of course, but the main contributor was his older sister who constantly had R&B and Hip-Hop blaring through her speakers.
Having access to Oakland’s Youth Radio program and meeting IamSu! and Kool John early on aided P-Lo heavily in co-founding HBK Gang (Heartbreak Kids), the collective of producers, rappers and video directors. Although his producing career kicked-off, the NorCal native recalls being inspired by Kanye West’s journey in releasing The College Dropout, jumpstarting his desire to move from producer to rapper. He goes on to touch on the impact other greats, specifically E-40, influencing how he maneuvers through his life- going on to further detail on meeting 40 for the first time at the video shoot for “Function.”
Concluding the interview with a cypher over Ye’s “Get Em High” P-Lo’s contagious genuine energy is as Sway put it, “a personification of the Bay.” The 16-track album has notable features, including Kehlani, Dom Kennedy, and Mozzy. P-Lo’s Shine is available for download and streaming on all music platforms now.