OAKLAND, CA — The parents of a young Fil-Am rapper from the Bay Area say they never envisioned his success in the music industry — but is still proud of him nonetheless.
Gloria and Emmanuel Rodriguez look on as their son Paulo, better known as P-Lo, does a sound-check prior to his halftime performance at Oracle Arena for the 10th annual Filipino Heritage Night.
The Bay Area-born rapper is quickly becoming a force to be recognized, as his music is gaining more and more popularity throughout the country.
Like many immigrants from the Philippines, they came to America to give their children a successful future, but for the Rodriguez’s, little did they know — success came through hip-hop.
“We never thought it would be like this. It was just amazing that he came all the way up to this kind of position that he has right now.”
“I didn’t expect him to be rapping but I’ve seen him do this during his younger years in middle school and I thought he’s into it and I can’t stop it now.”
Originally from Pinole, P-Lo regularly represents his home town whether it be through his hyphy inspired music or through Bay Area sports team logos that he wears.
P-Lo also proudly volunteers in the Filipino community, and has shot some of his music videos in location in the Philippines.
His generosity and pride in his identity are things he attributes to his parents.
“They came from the Philippines and brought me here and gave me the opportunity to do things like this so shout out to the first generation immigrants. I just want to be able to work hard and represent for the culture and my family.”
Whether it be for a crowd at Oracle Arena or the millions who stream his music, P-Lo’s parents say they could not be more happy for him.
“It’s just an awesome experience for us to witness our son perform for all this function for the Filipino community as a whole, and I’m proud of him.”
“I’m really so proud of him. That’s all I can say. I can’t say nothing else but being so proud of being his mom.”
Following this stop at Oracle Arena, P-Lo will be performing April 5th at the Light Nightclub inside the Mandalay Bay resort and casino in Las Vegas.