Album Review: Polo G - Hall Of Fame
Grade = 80% or 4 ⭐️
Track List - 54 minutes
Painting Pictures 2:18 ✅
RAPSTAR 2:46 ⭐️
No Return (Feat. The Kid LAROI & Lil Durk) 2:49 ⭐️
Toxic 2:12 ❌
Epidemic 2:57 ⭐️
GANG GANG (Polo G & Lil Wayne) 2:59 ⭐️
Boom 2:07 ✅
Black Hearted 3:11 ❌
Broken Guitars (Feat. Scorey) 2:09 ✅
GNF (OKOKOK) 1:56 ✅
Go Part 1 (Feat. G-Herbo) 2:42 ⭐️
Heart of a Giant (Feat. Rod Wave) 2:49 ⭐️
Zooted Freestyle 2:13 ✅
Party Lyfe (Feat. DaBaby) 2:51 ✅
Losses (Feat. Young Thug) 2:54 ⭐️
So Real 2:45 ❌
Fame & Riches (Feat. Roddy Ricch) 2:31 ✅
For the Love of New York (Polo G & Nicki Minaj) 2:56 ❌
Clueless (Feat. Pop Smoke & Fivio Foreign) 2:45 ⭐️
Bloody Canvas 4:25 ✅
Polo G has quickly become one of the hottest from rappers out of Chicago. In 2019 he took advantage of the drill scene by releasing Pop Out featuring Lil Tjay. Ever since then he’s been climbing the ladder. On June 7th, 2019 he released his debut album Die A Legend and this project showed his potential. The next year he released his sophomore album THE GOAT and this is the project that took him to an elite level. After being met with critical acclaim many people were anxious to find out if he could do it again. In my opinion Polo G delivered another strong effort on his third album and this time he brought a star studded line up.
The biggest difference between The Goat and Hall of Fame is the amount of features. On his sophomore album he only had guest appearances from a few different artists. On this album half the songs have at least one feature. Those artists include The Kid LAROI, Lil Durk, Lil Wayne, Scorey, G Herbo, Rod Wave, DaBaby, Young Thug, Roddy Ricch, Nicki Minaj, Pop Smoke, and Fivio Foreign. Polo G recently worked with Fivio Foreign on Lil Tjay’s single “Headshot” and he was the only feature on Rod Waves album. Some of the more surprising features came from Lil Wayne and Nicki Minaj. In a breakfast club interview Polo G admitted he didn’t realize how significant it was for him to do a music video with Lil Wayne until he was on his flight back home. Weezy and Polo G linked up on the song GANG GANG and it is my favorite song on the album.
On his debut album Polo G put together a project that was mostly drill music. The next project he incorporated more of a melodic approach. This project he used both styles and even tapped into other genres. Polo G has made a lot of songs using piano beats. The song Broken Guitars is obviously over a guitar based beat and sounds like an alternative rock song. It sounded like it could have been on Trippie Redd’s rock album NEON SHARK. Besides that one song Polo G also made some “Pop” records.
Track two is titled rap star RAPSTAR. In today’s rap game if you reach a certain level people will expect you to branch out to making more radio friendly music. Newer rappers like Quavo and DaBaby can be heard making songs with Camila Cabello. Lil Wayne has made music with Bruno Mars, while Eminem has a hit record with Rihanna. Polo G has embraced this roll as a Rapstar. Two of the more pop songs on the album were No Return with The Kid LAROI and Lil Durk as well as For The Love Of New York” with Nicki Minaj. No Return was one of my favorite songs on the album. Polo G’s melodic flow fit well with LAROI’s style and Polo G had natural chemistry with Lil Durk. Durkio and Polo G have started making more music over the last year as the two are considered the hottest rappers in Chicago. I wasn’t a big fan of the song with Nicki Minaj. It will get plenty of streams because of the Nicki feature but the song was a disappointment. It was suppose to be a summer song but it was very cliché and both Polo G and Nicki didn’t bring there best verses.
When Polo G took the melodic route he capitalized on songs like Losses with Young Thug and Heart Of A Giant with Rod Wave. Both Thug and Wave aren’t your typical rappers. Thug has been experimenting with stretching words from the start while Wave has almost put himself into a singers category. Polo G also did well when he went the drill route. GNF (OKOKOK) might be the hardest song he’s ever released. I like it but he almost over did it on this one. I prefer Go Part 1 featuring G Herbo and Clueless featuring Pop Smoke and Fivio Foreign. This is not the first time Polo G has used a rapper who has passed away. On his last album he had Juice WRLD featured on the song “Flex”.
The one knock on this project it is that three of the four weaker songs had no features. On The GOAT Polo G gave Mustard and Mike WiLL Made-It featuring credits. However, when speaking of guest verses he only had help on four of the sixteen songs. The other 12 songs were all Polo G. On this album he had 10 solo songs and 10 songs with features. For that reason I think his last album was slightly better. Other than that I think Polo delivered. He did a great job of keep you off balance with all the different genres you hear. He has something for every kind of listener. He also picked the right features. If you weren’t a Polo G fan before hearing this album you probably are one now. There’s a good chance one of your favorite rappers was probably on this project. Overall, this is another four star effort as the final grade is ⭐️ 80 percent.
Just one day after releasing this album Polo G (his government name is Taurus Bartlett) was arrested in Miami Florida. Right now he is facing five charges which include battery on a police officer, threatening a public servant, resisting an officer with violence, resisting an officer with out violence, and criminal mischief. Polo G’s brother was also arrested. Bartlett’s mother Stacie Mac tweeted to Miami police saying:
WHERE ARE MY SONS?! WHERE IS MY MINOR SON??! ANSWER THAT!!!". She went on to say "None of these charges would be possible if the POLICE did not make contact with my son Polo G!!! He was NOT the driver. He was a PASSENGER in a professionally licensed vehicle with security. He was moving smart and correctly. What more could he have done.
Polo G has since then been released on a $19,500 bond.
Download: Hall of Fame
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