Taurus Tremani Bartlett (born January 6, 1999), known professionally as Polo G, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and recording executive. He rose to fame with the singles “Finer Things” and “Pop Out” (with Lil Tjay). His debut album, Die a Legend (2019), was generally acclaimed and reached number six on the US Billboard 200, and was certified platinum by the RIAA.
Bartlett’s second studio album, The Goat (2020), reached No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with ten singles. Mainstream success continued with his third studio album, Hall of Fame (2021), which became Bartlett’s first chart-topping album and featured his first single “Rapstar” “.
Taurus Tremani Bartlett was born in Old Town Chicago, IL to Taurus Bartlett and Stacia Mac. Former estate manager Mike serves as Bartlett’s manager. He grew up at Marshall Field Garden Apartments across from Cabrini-Green Homes.
He is the second of four children, has an older sister, a younger brother, Taurean, also a rapper, stage name Trench Baby, and a younger sister. After high school, Bartlett was accepted to Lincoln University to major in broadcasting, but he decided not to go on his first day, opting to pursue a full-time music career. He is associated with the Mickey Cobras, a Chicago-based gang known for feuding with gangs such as the Gangster Disciples.
2018–2019: Beginnings, record deals and legends die
The first song Bartlett recorded was titled “ODA” and released on YouTube. When he created his SoundCloud account in 2018, his track “Gang with Me” quickly racked up millions of plays. His songs “Welcome Back” and “Neva Cared” continued to gain traction.
Bartlett released his incarcerated song “Better Things” in the second half of 2018, and it quickly racked up millions of hits. In early 2019, Bartlett released “Pop Out,” starring Lil Tjay, which peaked at No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. The music video for the song has been viewed more than 200 million times on YouTube and led to his signing with Columbia Records.
Bartlett also released a video for the 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 , peaked at No. 6 on Billboard 200. The single “Heartless”, released later in 2019, was produced by Mustard and later appeared on his second album.
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