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Polo G
Bartlett performing in 2019
Bartlett performing in 2019
Background information
Birth nameTaurus Tremani Bartlett
Also known as
  • Lil Capalot
  • Mr. DooTooMuch
  • Wolo G
Born (1999-01-06) January 6, 1999 (age 22)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2017–present
Labels
Associated acts
Children1
Websitepolocapalot.com

Taurus Tremani Bartlett (born January 6, 1999), known professionally as Polo G, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record executive. In 2018, he rose to prominence with the singles "Finer Things"[1] and "Pop Out". In 2019, he released his debut album Die a Legend, which received generally positive reviews and peaked at number six on the US Billboard 200 and was certified Platinum by the RIAA.[2]

Bartlett's second studio album, The Goat (2020), peaked at number two on the Billboard 200[3] and charted ten singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.[4] In 2021, he released the single "Rapstar", which debuted at number one on the Hot 100.[5] The song became his first number one hit on the Hot 100 and first solo top-ten single.[6]

Early life[edit]

Bartlett was born in the Old Town area of Chicago, Illinois. He grew up in the Marshall Field Garden Apartments.[7] He is the second of four children, having an older sister, a younger brother and a younger sister.[8]

Career[edit]

2018-2019: Beginnings, record deal, and Die a Legend[edit]

Bartlett's first song ever recorded was titled "ODA", which he released to YouTube. Upon creating a SoundCloud account in 2018,[9] he released the track "Gang WithMe", which quickly racked up millions of plays. He continued gaining traction with his songs "Welcome Back" and "Neva Cared". Bartlett went on to release "Finer Things", a song he wrote while incarcerated, in the latter half of 2018 and quickly gained millions of views. In early 2019, Bartlett released "Pop Out" featuring Lil Tjay which peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song's music video gained over 200 million views on YouTube and led to him signing a record deal with Columbia Records. Bartlett also released videos for his songs "Deep Wounds", "Through Da Storm", "Effortless", and "Dyin' Breed" from his debut studio album Die a Legend, which was released on June 7, 2019, and peaked at number 6 on the Billboard 200.[10] "Heartless", a single released later in 2019, featured production from Mustard, and was later featured on his second album.

2020-present: The Goat, Only Dreamers Achieve Records, and Hall of Fame[edit]

On February 14, 2020, Bartlett released the track "Go Stupid", with rappers Stunna 4 Vegas and NLE Choppa with featured production from Mike Will Made It and co-production from Tay Keith.[11] "Go Stupid" became his second song on the Hot 100 (after "Pop Out"), peaking at number 60 on the Hot 100, number 29 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and number 20 on Hot Rap Songs.[12] Bartlett then released his second studio album, The Goat, on May 15, 2020.[13] The album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 and ten songs from the album hit the Hot 100, including "Flex" featuring Juice Wrld and "Be Something" featuring Lil Baby, peaking at numbers 30 and 57, respectively. The same month he was featured alongside Lil Baby on "3 Headed Goat" by Lil Durk which peaked at number 43 on the Billboard Hot 100. In July, Bartlett was featured on Juice Wrld's posthumous album Legends Never Die on the song "Hate the Other Side". The song peaked at number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, his first top-ten single and highest charting overall song. On August 11, 2020, he was included on XXL's 2020 Freshman Class.[14] Later that month, he released the music video for his single "Martin & Gina", which peaked at number 61 on the Billboard Hot 100. In September, he released the single "Epidemic", which peaked at 47 on the Billboard Hot 100. On October 30, 2020 he was featured on "The Code" by King Von off his debut album Welcome to O'Block. The song peaked at number 66 on the Billboard Hot 100 and charted in Canada. In September, Bartlett announced his own record label “Only Dreamers Achieve” (ODA) with Syracuse-based artist Scorey being his first signee.[15]

Bartlett was honored in the 2021 Forbes 30 Under 30 listing, under the music category,[16] and on February 5, 2021 he released the single "GNF (OKOKOK)".[17] On March 5, Bartlett was featured on the soundtrack for the 2021 film Boogie on the song "Fashion" by late rapper Pop Smoke. Bartlett collaborated with Lil Tjay and Fivio Foreign on the song ""Headshot"", released on March 19. In May 2020, Bartlett along with social media personality Einer Bankz took to Instagram to release a snippet of an upcoming Polo G single. The video quickly went viral, racking up millions of views on social media platforms, particularly TikTok. The song was later revealed to be titled "Rapstar" and was released on April 9, 2021. It debuted at the number-one spot on the Billboard Hot 100.[6] On May 17, he announced that he finished recording his second studio album Hall Of Fame and would be releasing his fourth and final single "Gang Gang" with Lil Wayne on May 21.[18]

Only Dreamers Achieve Records[edit]

Only Dreamers Achieve
Founded2020
FounderPolo G
StatusActive
Distributor(s)Columbia Records
GenreHip hop
Country of originUnited States
LocationChicago, U.S.

Only Dreamers Achieve is an American record label founded by Chicago based rapper Polo G in 2020. The label is a joint venture with Columbia Records. According to Bartlett, he stated that he chose the name because “in our communities we are told what we CAN’T be. I want to send the message that we control our futures and encourage artists to dream big.”[15]

Roster[edit]

Act Year signed Releases Notes
Polo G 2020 None Founder; in a joint deal with Columbia Records.
Scorey 1 In a joint deal with Columbia Records.

Personal life[edit]

Bartlett has a son named Tremani. In August 2019 at a party honoring his late friend, he nearly died after an overdose.[19] He has since quit ecstasy and Xanax.[20]

Artistry[edit]

Polo G was originally known for his Chicago drill sound, but eventually transitioned to a more melodic style.[21] He has been noted for his "vivid and explicit storytelling"; his lyrics often involve tough subjects, including racism and mental health. He also regularly pays homage to his hometown, and, as noted by Ayana Rashed of Respect, "he is also quick to acknowledge the common injustice and frequent police brutality he and so many others face on the daily".[22] He has stated that American rapper Lil Wayne and hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur are his biggest influences.[23][24] He also grew up listening to Gucci Mane, as well as Chicago rappers Lil Durk, G Herbo and Chief Keef.[25]

Discography[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Gold & Platinum". RIAA. Retrieved March 30, 2021.
  3. ^ "Polo G". Billboard. Retrieved March 30, 2021.
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  5. ^ "Polo G Is Living Life Like A "RAPSTAR"". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved April 19, 2021.
  6. ^ a b "Polo G Scores First Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 With Debut of 'Rapstar'". Billboard. Retrieved April 19, 2021.
  7. ^ "Chicago rapper Polo G explains why he is different". Rolling Out. December 25, 2018. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  8. ^ "Polo G releases 'The Goat' documentary". Revolt TV. May 29, 2020. Retrieved January 5, 2021.
  9. ^ "POLO G". SoundCloud. Retrieved March 30, 2021.
  10. ^ "Emerging Hip-Hop: Megan Thee Stallion, DaBaby & Polo G Make Waves on Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved April 26, 2019.
  11. ^ Schatz, Lake. "Polo G Unleashes New Single "Go Stupid": Stream". Retrieved March 13, 2020.
  12. ^ "Polo G Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved March 13, 2020.
  13. ^ @Polo_Capalot (May 5, 2020). "5/15🖤🐐...click the link for presale🔥 polog.lnk.to/GOAT" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  14. ^ Cline, Georgette (August 11, 2020). "XXL 2020 FRESHMAN CLASS REVEALED". XXL. Retrieved August 11, 2020.
  15. ^ a b Garcia, Dan (September 11, 2020). "POLO G LAUNCHES NEW LABEL ODA IN PARTNERSHIP WITH COLUMBIA RECORDS". The Source. Retrieved May 16, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ "Forbes 30 Under 30 2021: Music". www.forbes.com. Retrieved February 1, 2021.
  17. ^ Bloom, Madison. "Polo G Shares Video for New Song "GNF (OKOKOK)": Watch". Pitchfork. Retrieved February 7, 2021.
  18. ^ Findlay, Mitch (May 17, 2021). "Polo G & Lil Wayne Dropping Collab Friday". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved May 18, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  19. ^ Tony, Centeno. "Polo G Hospitalized, Claims He Almost Lost His Life daddy". XXL. XXL Magazine. Retrieved March 13, 2020.
  20. ^ Moorwood, Victoria. "Polo G reflects on 3-year drug addiction". Revolt TV. Revolt TV. Retrieved January 1, 2021.
  21. ^ "The Break Presents: Polo G – XXL". Xxl Mag. 2019. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  22. ^ Cite error: The named reference ODA was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  23. ^ "Polo G Names Lil Wayne as One of His Biggest Rap Influences – XXL". Xxlmag.com. Retrieved October 11, 2019.
  24. ^ "Polo G on 2Pac, Juice WRLD, and Why the Lakers Will Win the 2020 NBA Championship – Complex".
  25. ^ Acevedo, Kai. "The Break Presents: Polo G – XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved December 31, 2016.
  26. ^ "Polo G takes on viral hits in "For My Fans (Freestyle)"". Lab.fm. March 24, 2021. Retrieved April 5, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)