Polo G, whose real name is Taurus Tremani Bartlett, is a 22-year-old rapper who has released several hit songs. Polo G has been in the spotlight since 2018. Like other generation z artists, Polo G gained his fame by releasing his music through internet-based platforms like YouTube, Facebook, TikTok, and SoundCloud, where his tracks attracted millions of viewers. Below is a list of 10 things that you probably did not know about Polo G
10. Origin of his Stage Name
Polo G got his stage name from his love for Ralph Lauren Polo. He always wore Ralph Lauren Polo for special occasions when he went out to things like lunches or other school-related important events. He had been considering the name before he shot his first video about three years ago. He selected the name Polo G to pay homage to this love for the clothing brand.
Polo G has several tattoos. He has seven tattoos that range from portraits of prominent Black people to those that represent his childhood friends that passed away. In an interview with Montreality, conducted on June 2, 2020, Polo G talked about his tattoos and their meaning. One of his unique tattoos is the “Black = Intimidation Factor” tattoo, which he got when he was 17 years old. It was also his first tattoo. The tattoo aligns with the artist’s rap songs and the light he sheds on modern-day racism and its effects on Blacks.
8. Motivation to get into Rap Music
Polo G had been writing rap songs and rapping them to his friends before he decided to get into the music industry. When he started writing his rap songs, he was still self-conscious and was not keen on recording them. The death of some of the people who were close to him and the injustices directed towards African Americans in his neighborhood inspired him to share his experiences with the world through his rap songs. In a documentary that premiered on May 28, 2020, on his YouTube channel, Polo G stated that he needed to tell their story from a perspective of where he was from.
7. He has a son named Tremani
Polo G has one son named Tremani. His son has made an appearance in the rap video “Rapstar” at around the 1:22 to the 1:35 mark of the video. In the rap video, the artist is seen playing with his son and helping him shoot the ball on the court. Polo G values his relationship with his son and despite being a first-time father, he is focused on offering his son the best life.
6. He is Passionate about Ending Racism and Social Injustice
Most of his songs address social injustice and racism. Polo G believes that people need to start taking action to resolve the issues of social injustice directed towards African Americans. He has been outspoken about his passion for championing discussions and actions against social injustice through his music and career as a rap artist. In one of his tweets regarding the death of George Floyd, he stated that the problem at the moment was not just the police and the injustice they had been directing towards African Americans because they had been doing that for years, but also people’s inability to take action and fight for their rights.
5. His Rap Skills Helped Him Pass his Senior High School English Class
Polo G’s rap skills contributed significantly to his performance in senior year. By the time he joined high school most of the people around him were aware that he could rap and often encouraged him to pursue rap as a career. He used to rap for his senior year English teacher in high school and reported that the teacher enrolled him in activities like spoken word. Polo G’s love for rap music and his engagement in the different spoken word activities prompted his English teacher to pass him in his English class.
4. His Mother is His Manager
Polo G works closely with his mother, Stacia Mac, who is his music manager. His mother stepped up to the role when she noticed Polo G’s growing interest in the music industry. Before his music career took off, his mother supported him by funding his studio time. She manages his music schedule, organizes his life, and focuses on ensuring that he retains his work ethics. While they bump heads over different issues associated with his music, Polo G and his mother have maintained a good mother-son and artist-manager relationship.
3. His song “Wishing for a Hero” is a Remix of Tupac’s “Changes”
Polo G recorded the rap song “Wishing for a Hero” as a remix of Tupac’s “Changes.” In an interview published on the Billboard 200 Chart website, where he was asked about his inspiration to write “Wishing for a Hero,” Polo G stated that he had always wanted to remix one of Tupac’s song in his album as a way of paying homage to Tupac. He got the idea to write a remix of “Changes” while he was on his 2019 summer tour. He also stated that “Changes” was his favorite Tupac’s song.
2. He Struggled with Drug Addiction for Three Years
Polo G has addressed issues on drug addiction in his songs. In the single “21,” which is part of “The Goat album,” he talks about not wanting to relapse. He also talks about how his last experience with using drugs was with Juice, who died after a drug overdose incident in 2019, at the age of 21 years. He had been addicted to prescription drugs, which almost cost him his life. He has incorporated issues about drugs in his music to help people struggling with addiction to know that there is more to life than getting high on drugs and that they can get over their addiction.
1. Both of Polo G’s Albums Appeared in the Top 10 of the Billboard 200 Chart
Polo G’s albums “Die a Legend” and “The GOAT” made it to the top ten list of the Billboard 200 chart. In its first week of being released, his debut album “Die a Legend” made it to number 6 on the chart while his second album “The GOAT” debuted at number 2 in its first week of being released.
Polo G is a generation Z rap artist, whose love for music was inspired by the social injustice that he experienced in his neighborhood. The messages addressed in his songs are a reflection of problems facing the modern-day world and the need for people to start taking action against social injustice.