Wednesday 29 June 2022
Chicago rapper proudly bears the drill touch towards the top – with his heart on his sleeve

”Rapstar” cemented Polo G as exactly what the title says. The Chicago rapper’s single did everything right with a repeating ukulele riff (delivered by Internet phenomenon Einer Bankz) and some simple, mournful beats. On the single, Polo G reflects on why his stardom doesn't make him happy.

There are plenty of reflections going on with this 22-year-old rapper who has broken through as a true rap comet.

Polo grew out of Chicago's drill scene some years back. He posted a lot of tracks online while moving in and out of various correctional facilities and later also prison. Then he landed a label deal and relocated to L.A. From here on, things took pace. He released three records in three years.

"Finer Things" became his first viral hit while "Pop Out" became his first charting hit. Both appear on the debut album Die a Legend (2019), which along with the follow-up The Goat (2020) centered around songs of daily struggles, sleepless nights and friends taken too early by unforgiving street life.

In 2020, Polo G was “enrolled” in hip-hop magazine XXL's 2020 Freshman Class, which is like some star-defining crystal ball.

Polo G's third and latest album, Hall of Fame (2021), is a poignant, tragic, introspective and complex collection of songs. It plays like the audiobook version of Polo G’s personal journal with lots of emotional turmoil. But it also packs party songs, biting street rap and it includes a prominent guest list (Lil Wayne, Young Thug, Nicki Minaj and the hometown hero Lil Durk).

Polo G is a budding star with lots on his mind. He's on the threshold to become one of the biggest things right now. Catch him at Roskilde Festival.