Polo G, born on January 6, 1999, has quickly become one of the most successful rappers to come out of the SoundCloud scene. With songs ranking high on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and his debut album peaking high on the U.S. Billboard 200, Polo G has had an amazing start to his career. Having had his music featured in a film, a collaboration with Lil Wayne, and starting his record label, the future looks very bright for the young star as well. Read on to celebrate his special day!
Polo G’s quick rise to fame is something that continues to astonish and amaze fans everywhere. In just about four years, he has managed to go from one of many SoundCloud rappers to starting his very own record label, and his success doesn’t seem like it will be waning anytime soon. Polo G was born Taurus Tremani Bartlett on January 6, 1999, in Chicago, Illinois. His zodiac sign is Capricorn and his ethnicity is African-American. He is the son of Taurus Bartlett and Stacia Mac, and he has three siblings, including fellow rapper Trench Baby. Polo G has been rapping since he was a teenager and had already posted a handful of songs online, but he first decided he wanted to dedicate his life to music on what should have been his first day at Lincoln University, where he had gotten accepted to study broadcasting.
His music career began to take off soon after that. Polo G created a SoundCloud account, joining many rappers who were trying to make it by posting their music on the site. But Polo G managed to stand out. He started gaining a good amount of traction with the first songs he uploaded, but the single that signified his breakthrough was ‘Finer Things’ (2018), a song that he had written while serving time in prison, and which quickly amassed millions of plays. 2018 was an amazing year for Polo G, but it was nothing compared to what 2019 would bring. At the beginning of the year, he released ‘Pop Out’ with fellow rapper Lil Tjay, and the song reached number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song’s popularity got Polo G a deal with Columbia Records, under which he went on to release four more singles and his debut studio album “Die a Legend”, which reached number 6 on the Billboard 200. However, 2019 brought him hardships as well, with Polo G being hospitalized in August following a drug overdose, and his friend Juice Wrld dying in December of the same causes. Thankfully, these events led him to quit the use of ecstasy and Xanax.
The following years had even more successes and milestones for Polo G in store. In 2020, he released his second studio album “The Goat,” which debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, and many of its songs peaking high on the Billboard Hot 100. He was also featured on many songs by other rappers. In September of that year, Polo G announced his very own record label, Only Dreamers Achieve (ODA). His 2021 started strong with the business magazine “Forbes” listing him under the music category of their ‘30 under 30’ lists. In that same year, Polo G’s music was featured in the Academy Award-nominated film “Judas and the Black Messiah”, had his song ‘Rapstar’ debut at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, released a single with famous rapper Lil Wayne, and released his third studio album, “Hall of Fame,” which debuted at number one on the Billboard Hot 200, as well as releasing a deluxe version of the album in December.
After deciding to dedicate his life to music, he creates an account on the music streaming platform and begins uploading songs.
After his song ‘Pop Out’ peaks at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100, Polo G signs a deal with Columbia Records and releases his first studio album.
As well as releasing successful singles and featuring on many songs, Polo G releases his second studio album, “The Goat,” which debuts at number two on the Billboard 200.
Polo G releases his third studio album, “The Hall of Fame,” which debuts at number one on the Billboard 200.
Why We Love Polo G
Important messages through music
The rapper says that what inspired him to become a rapper was the chance to share his perspective as someone who grew up dealing with racism and violence. It’s Polo G’s way of honoring those he lost and their stories.
He isn’t afraid to be versatile
When he started uploading songs, his music was of the aggressive Chicago drill style, but his rise to fame coincided with it becoming more melodic. While he’s gotten complaints about these changes, Polo G embraces both styles and wants to let people know what he’s got to offer.
He gives back to his community
After hearing that children in his hometown didn’t have any accessible sports programs, Polo G launched an A.A.U. basketball team so that they would have something to do and be passionate about. He also held a concert benefiting three Chicago-based charities.
5 Surprising Facts
He keeps management in the family
His mother Stacia Mac is his manager, and his older sister Leilani is his tour manager.
His stage name honors a friend
The ‘G’ stands for a friend who lost his life at 16, while he chose ‘Polo’ because it’s his favorite clothing brand.
He has a son
His son Tremani was born in 2019.
Tupac is his biggest inspiration
Polo G draws a lot of inspiration for his music and his message from legendary rapper Tupac Shakur.
He has many meaningful tattoos
His tattoos include important Black figures, homages to his friends that passed away, and symbols of the racism he is a target of as a Black man.
Polo G FAQs
How much does it cost to feature Polo G?
Polo G’s current feature cost is $150,000. He says that it will continue to rise as he becomes more experienced.
What is Polo G’s best song?
‘Rapstar’ is his most successful song and is regarded as his best. Several of his songs have fared well too.
Why did Polo G start rapping?
Having been raised on the likes of Tupac Shakur and Lil Wayne, Polo G first approached rapping as a hobby. However, he became more serious about it when he realized it was his chance to share what he had to say.
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