Hailing from the fertile hip-hop scene of Inglewood, California, King Lil G — born Alex Gonzalez — was raised by his single mother and fell into the gang lifestyle early, eventually doing time in jail, according to his online biography. But music offered a saving grace, particularly artists such as Tupac, Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E mixed with the traditional Mexican folk ballads he heard growing up. Today, he’s racked up more than 100 million views on YouTube and a series of albums and mixtapes packed with thoughtful rhymes analyzing his rough past and championing social and political awareness. The Mexican-American rapper released “Paint the City Blue” and “Blessed By God” this year, and will bring his Top Shelf Tour with Georgia rapper Rittz to the Domino Room on Saturday.
King Lil G, with Rittz, Northorn Lights, Shadey Boys: 8 p.m. Saturday, doors open at 7 p.m.; $25 plus fees in advance; Domino Room, 51 NW Greenwood Ave., Bend; midtownbend.com, ticketweb.com or 541-408-4329.