Manny Pacquiao is probably the only Filipino the entire world collectively knows. Filipinos aren’t familiar with the limelight especially in the United States, but Pinoy Bay Area rapper and producer P-Lo aka Lil’ Stunna surprises us with his latest EP, Before Anything.
Story By: Nico “Blitz” Triunfante
As one of the originators of the HBK Gang, which consists of acts such as iAmSu!, Chief, and Sage the Gemini, P-Lo supplies a whole heap of genres within this EP, varying from what sounds to be trap, rap, and a speck of R&B. His beats and lyrics take us on a journey though his life, and we discreetly learn more about him as the tape goes on.
The young artist pays homage to his home by featuring some of the hottest MC’s to come out the Bay, including superstar G-Eazy and local celebrity Jay Ant on the track “Light This Bitch Up”.
Being the most popular song from the EP, “Light This Bitch Up” gives us a dose of some old school Too $hort by mimicking his flow from the undying single “Sideshow”.
For the ladies who want to enjoy a smooth, R&B type feel, your direction should be pointed towards “Do With It”, which features JT The 4th.
How much of an influence will P-Lo have on not only the younger generation of Bay Area artists, but also more specifically, the Filipino community?
He clearly knows how to work his DAW and can easily formulate creative instrumentals that are arguably unheard of.
Let’s see how far he can take his talents. As for now, his mark on the Bay and the rap game continue to grow.