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Last week, P-Lo announced that he’d be releasing a surprise mixtape today (not Beyonce-level surprise, but still), Before Anything — a seven-track project that showcases his dimensionality as an artist. While the project certainly has its turnt-up moments (“In That” is irresistibly catchy and the most likely track to incite a mosh pit at a function), it also highlights P-Lo’s penchant for R&B production and sensual lyricism.
“It’s a lot of different moods. It’s very representative of who I am — I’m not always partying,” he said in a phone interview this morning, adding that few people know that he’s an R&B fan.
“Make It Last,” one of the project’s stand-out tracks, is particularly seductive, with Oakland singer 1-O.A.K. lending it a syrupy hook as P-Lo rhymes over a sensuous, slow-moving bass line with sparse, atmospheric keys. The song is a certifiable baby-making anthem, as is “Say You Will,” a devotional track in which P-Lo reflects on relationships and loyalty.
P-Lo said Before Anything is the first installment for a three-part series. He plans to follow it up with two more mixtapes: More Than Anything and Anything Is Possible. Stream the new project below and catch P-Lo at The New Parish on January 31 for his first headlining show with support from Noodles and 1-O.A.K.