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
  • 1040 Beats
  • Ayo
  • Callari
  • Detrakz
  • D Major
  • Iceberg
  • JD On Tha Track
  • Jtk
  • Priority Beats
  • Sonic
  • The Superiors
Polo G chronology
Die a Legend
(2019)
The Goat
(2020)
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. It was released on June 7, 2019, by Columbia Records.[1] It features his US top 20 single "Pop Out", as well as the sequel 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 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
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[5]
HipHopDX4/5[6]
Pitchfork8.3/10[7]

The album received acclaim from critics upon release. Sheldon Pearce of Pitchfork rated the album 8.3 out of 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".[9] Riley Wallace of HipHopDX said "There is a beautifully crafted blend of honesty and tragedy within [Die a Legend]". HipHopDX users gave a unanimous review of a perfect 5/5 for the album.[6]

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.[10] In its second week, the album dropped to number seven on the chart, earning 29,000 album-equivalent units.[11] In its third week, the album dropped to number ten on the chart, earning 24,000 album-equivalent units that week.[12] On August 11, 2020, the album was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for combined sales and album-equivalent units of over 1,000,000 units in the United States.[13]

Track listing[edit]

Credits adapted from Tidal.[14]

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.[14]

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
Denmark (IFPI Danmark)[23] Gold 10,000double-dagger
Canada (Music Canada)[24] Platinum 80,000double-dagger
United Kingdom (BPI)[25] Silver 60,000double-dagger
United States (RIAA)[26] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

double-dagger Sales+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. ^ Thomas, Fred. "Die a Legend - Polo G | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved August 18, 2020.
  6. ^ a b Wallace, Riley (7 July 2019). "Review: Polo G Crafts A Captivating Debut Album With "Die A Legend"". HipHopDX. Retrieved 18 April 2020.
  7. ^ Pearce, Sheldon (June 12, 2019). "Polo G: Die a Legend Album Review". Pitchfork.
  8. ^ "Polo G - Die a Legend - Reviews - Album of the Year". Album of the Year. Retrieved June 20, 2019.
  9. ^ Pearce, Sheldon (June 12, 2019). "Album Review: Polo G - Die a Legend". Pitchfork. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  10. ^ 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.
  11. ^ Caulfield, Keith (June 23, 2019). "Madonna Achieves Ninth No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Madame X'". Billboard. Retrieved June 30, 2019.
  12. ^ 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.
  13. ^ "Gold & Platinum". Recording Industry Association of America.
  14. ^ a b "Polo G - TIDAL". Tidal. Retrieved June 7, 2019.
  15. ^ "Jonas Brothers Return With A No. 1 Album". FYIMusicNews. June 17, 2019. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  16. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Polo G – Die a Legend" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  17. ^ "Veckolista Album, vecka 17" (in Swedish). Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved April 29, 2021.
  18. ^ "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums - June 22, 2019". Billboard. Retrieved June 20, 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. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 2020". Billboard. Retrieved December 4, 2020.
  22. ^ "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums – Year-End 2020". Billboard. Retrieved December 10, 2020.
  23. ^ "Danish album certifications – Polo G – Die a Legend". IFPI Danmark. Retrieved February 3, 2021.
  24. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Polo G – Die a Legend". Music Canada. Retrieved September 30, 2021.
  25. ^ "British album certifications – Polo G – Die a Legend". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2021-07-28.
  26. ^ "American album certifications – Polo G – Die a Legend". Recording Industry Association of America.