THE GOAT proves Polo G is here to stay
Reviewed by Thomas Herron
To understand this review, I have to share that I’d never given Polo G’s first album, Die a Legend, a listen until his sophomore LP convinced me to take a dive into his still-growing discography.
Unfortunately, being a 21-year-old up and comer has its downside in an oversaturated music sphere. This is not whatsoever a knock on Polo, but in a world where music is everywhere, differentiating as an artist gets increasingly hard.
The Chicago native not only differentiated himself from his peers as newcomers, but thrust himself into the ears of hip hop heads globally.
It’d be remiss to call this album a masterpiece, but it is not far short, especially in light of Polo G decimating the general hip hop worlds expectations of the album.
Polo displays incredible versatility as an artist all while remaining evidently true to himself and his Chicago roots, featuring an impeccable verse from fellow Chicagoan, the tragically late Juice WRLD on “Flex.”
At 21, the rapper has accomplished the impossible; an album with high-level quality production and a defined consistency in sound and tempo, without sacrificing his own ability to run the gauntlet in terms of content and allowing the songs to differentiate from each other.
Featuring production from talent like Mustard, Hit-Boy, Mike Will Made-it, Tay Keith, and Murda Beats, Polo shows a clear intent and attention to detail as a song-maker. Working with only the best producers, Polo clearly works it to his advantage in finding pockets.
Sampling Tupac’s “Changes” on “Wishing for a Hero,” he’s able to flip an iconic beat and make it his own, avoiding the most cliche mistake artists make in sampling Makaveli; trying to emulate the late Death Row rapper. “Wishing for a Hero” is truly Polo’s own take on Pac’s hit song, allowing the listener to hear it through a different lens by adding modern elements of production to a truly gentle melody, allowing for his on-track presence to take shape.
Polo G’s versatility at 21 seems to indicate an extremely bright future for THE GOAT, and it is all on display here. His range not only is displayed by his ability to fit seamlessly along both an impeccable BJ the Chicago Kid chorus on a Tupac melody, as well as Juice WRLD and Lil Baby, but by the range of content he can revolve songs around, while still making the listener bob their head in appreciation of the sound itself.
Though Polo’s inexperience is shown through the relative weakness of the album cover and even the title of the album itself, the music has the sound of a seasoned veteran with a talent for innovating.
The raw and filterless style makes the music relatable and the emotional gauntlet he sprints allows for each song to be listened to in a number of different ways, giving the album true staying power at just 21. Polo is not just another new rapper, and THE GOAT proved he is not just here to stay, but to dominate.