Polo G is one of the hottest artists in the U.S. right now with his “RAPSTAR” single currently sitting at No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart for a second week. The Chicago rapper is only 22 years old, but he isn’t shying away from giving credit to the artists who paved the way for him.
Following JAY-Z’s collaboration with Nas and DJ Khaled, “Sorry Not Sorry,” on Friday (April 30), Polo G took to Twitter the next day to give Hov props for his Hip Hop longevity and keeping up his lyrical ability into his 50s.
“This man Jay Z 50yrs Old still Walkin On Shit Effortlessly,” he wrote on Saturday (May 1).
This isn’t the first time Polo G has mentioned Hov in recent years, rapping “profit with a billion dollar mind like I’m JAY-Z” on his song “Wishing for a Hero” off 2020’s THE GOAT album. JAY-Z even co-signed the BJ The Chicago-featured track by including it on his favorite songs of 2020 playlist.
JAY-Z’s latest verse is getting praise from other new generation rappers. While linking up with DJ Khaled last week, Lil Baby rapped Hov’s “Sorry Not Sorry” lyrics: “Sorry, that’s another B/Haters still ain’t recover from the other B/Mm, that’s a double B/Nah that’s a triple B, can’t forget ’bout the other Bey (Hey).”
Topping the Hot 100 for two consecutive weeks, Polo G’s “RAPSTAR” gained 40.3 million U.S. streams and sold 2,400 downloads in the week ending April 22, while attracting three million radio airplay audience impressions in the week ending April 25. As well as the Hot 100, the song has also managed two weeks atop the Streaming Songs chart.
Polo G compares himself to 2Pac on “RAPSTAR” with the lyrics, “They say I’m Pac rebirth, never put out a weak verse/Homicides when we lurk, I’ma step ‘til my feet hurt.” During a Genius interview, he explained Pac’s influence on him growing up — not just through his music, but the way he carried himself too.
“My pops is a big ‘Pac fan,” he said. “That’s just the culture of our household to listen to a lot of different music. First, I was up on Lil Wayne, but when I figured out I really wanted to rap, that’s when I started looking deeper into 2Pac. And then just finding out a lot of shit about him, like the way he moved, what he stood for, just the music he was making. The messages that he had, I just felt like that’s what make him one of the all-time greats. So that’s something that you can marvel at.”