Die a Legend

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Die a Legend
Polo G - Die a Legend.png
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 7, 2019 (2019-06-07)
Recorded2018-2019
Genre
Length41:06
LabelColumbia
Producer
  • The Superiors
  • Detrakz
  • Priority Beats
  • Ayo
  • Jtk
  • Sonic
  • Iceberg
  • JD On Tha Track
  • 1040 Beats
  • Callari
  • D Major
Singles from Die a Legend
  1. "Finer Things"
    Released: November 30, 2018
  2. "Battle Cry"
    Released: January 31, 2019
  3. "Pop Out"
    Released: February 1, 2019
  4. "Deep Wounds"
    Released: May 17, 2019
  5. "Pop Out Again"
    Released: June 7, 2019

Die a Legend is the debut studio album by American rapper Polo G, released on June 7, 2019, by Columbia Records.[1] It features his US top 20 single "Pop Out", as well as the remix to the track titled "Pop Out Again" featuring Lil Baby and Gunna.[2] The songs "Finer Things", "Battle Cry" and "Deep Wounds" were also released prior to the album.[3] The album received positive critical acclaim from music critics.

Promotion[edit]

The album was announced May 26, 2019 through his Instagram.[4] The following week, the track listing was revealed.[1]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AOTY83/100[5]
Review scores
SourceRating
HotNewHipHop90%[6]
Pitchfork8.3/10[7]

The album received critical acclaim from critics upon release. Sheldon Pearce of Pitchfork rated the album 8.3/10, and gave it the "Best New Music" award. In his review, he stated that Polo "blends pop and drill with ease and delivers a standout Chicago street rap debut that is meticulously crafted and honestly told."[8]

Commercial performance[edit]

Die a Legend debuted at number six on the US Billboard 200 chart, with 38,000 album-equivalent units in its first week, becoming Polo G's first top-ten album.[9] In its second week, the album dropped to number seven on the chart, earning 29,000 album-equivalent units.[10] In its third week, the album dropped to number ten on the chart, earning 24,000 album-equivalent units that week.[11] On September 16, 2019, the album was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for combined sales and album-equivalent units of over 500,000 units in the United States.[12]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[13]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Lost Files"
2:00
2."Dyin Breed"
  • Bartlett
  • Jahmere Tylon
  • Jordan Knight
  • Ayo
  • Jtk
2:59
3."Through da Storm"
  • Bartlett
  • Tylon
Ayo3:15
4."Effortless"
  • Bartlett
  • Eric Sandoval
Sonic2:51
5."Pop Out" (featuring Lil Tjay)
  • Iceberg
  • JD On Tha Track
2:46
6."Battle Cry"
  • Bartlett
  • Tylon
  • Knight
  • Ayo
  • Jtk
3:12
7."BST"
  • Bartlett
  • Tylon
  • Knight
  • Ayo
  • Jtk
3:22
8."Finer Things"
  • Bartlett
  • Tylon
Ayo3:02
9."Picture This"
  • Bartlett
  • Tylon
Ayo2:45
10."Chosen 1"
  • Bartlett
  • Knight
Jtk2:07
11."Deep Wounds"
  • Bartlett
  • Angelo Callari
  • Darrin Barthellemy
  • Joseph Steele
  • 1040 Beats
  • Callari[a]
  • Major D[a]
3:00
12."Last Strike"
  • Bartlett
  • Tylon
Ayo3:17
13."A King's Nightmare"
  • Bartlett
  • Tylon
Ayo2:47
14."Pop Out Again" (featuring Lil Baby and Gunna)
  • Iceberg
  • JD On Tha Track
3:43
Total length:41:06

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies a co-producer
  • "Through da Storm" features vocals by Leia Monroe.

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[13]

Technical

  • Ayo – recording engineer (tracks 1, 2, 3, 7, 8. 12, 13), mixing engineer (track 8), mastering engineer (track 8)
  • Todd Hurtt – recording engineer (tracks 3, 9, 10, 11)
  • Eric Sandoval – recording engineer (track 4)
  • Denly Morisset – recording engineer (tracks 5, 14), mixing engineer (tracks 5, 14)
  • Luis Bordeaux – recording engineer (tracks 5, 14)
  • Jahmere Taylor – recording engineer (track 6)
  • Jordan Knight – recording engineer (track 6)
  • Baruch "Mixx" Nembhard – mixing engineer (tracks 1–4, 7, 9–13)
  • Eric Lagg – mastering engineer (tracks 1–7, 9–14)

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[21] Gold 40,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[22] Gold 500,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "It's Almost Dat Time #diealegend #june7 (hit da link in ma bio too pre-save da album)". July 2, 2019. Retrieved June 4, 2019 – via Instagram.
  2. ^ A., Aron (May 27, 2019). "Polo G Announces Debut Project "Die A Legend" & Release Date". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  3. ^ "Polo G". Apple Music. Retrieved June 4, 2019.
  4. ^ "No moe Games....Da Wait Is Finally Ova Die A Legend Da Album Droppin June 7th MY VERY 1ST PROJECT EVA‼️Gone Shake Da Streets & Turn Up Da Summa Fashoooo #lemmeknoifyawready #DaHookGod @slousmedia : coverart". May 26, 2019 – via Instagram.
  5. ^ "Polo G - Die a Legend - Reviews - Album of the Year". Album of the Year. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  6. ^ A, Aron (June 7, 2019). "Polo G's Debut Album "Die A Legend" Has Arrived". Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  7. ^ Pearce, Sheldon (June 12, 2019). "Polo G: Die a Legend Album Review". Pitchfork.
  8. ^ Pearce, Sheldon (June 12, 2019). "Album Review: Polo G - Die a Legend". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  9. ^ a b Caulfield, Keith (June 17, 2019). "Jonas Brothers' 'Happiness Begins' Album Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Chart With Biggest Week of 2019". Billboard. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  10. ^ Caulfield, Keith (June 23, 2019). "Madonna Achieves Ninth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Madame X'". Billboard. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  11. ^ Caulfield, Keith (June 30, 2019). "The Raconteurs Land First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Help Us Stranger". Billboard. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  12. ^ [1]
  13. ^ a b "Polo G - TIDAL". Tidal. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  14. ^ "Jonas Brothers Return With A No. 1 Album". FYIMusicNews. June 17, 2019. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  15. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Polo G – Die a Legend" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  16. ^ "Top 200 Albums". Rolling Stone. June 27, 2019. Retrieved January 25, 2020.
  17. ^ "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums - June 22, 2019". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  18. ^ "Polo G's 'Die a Legend' Hits No. 1 on Top Rap Albums Chart". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. June 27, 2019. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  19. ^ "Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 2019". Billboard. Retrieved December 23, 2019.
  20. ^ "Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums – Year-End 2019". Billboard. Retrieved December 23, 2019.
  21. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Polo G – Die a Legend". Music Canada.
  22. ^ "American album certifications – Polo G – Die a Legend". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.