Polo G Says He's Considering Retirement After Upcoming Album "Hood Poet"

It's impressive that, at just 24 years old, the Chicago MC could put the mic down and leave fans wanting more as one of the decade's biggest stars.

BYGabriel Bras Nevares
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Polo G is without a doubt one of the most successful and definitive rap stars of the 2020s decade so far. However, ahead of the upcoming release of his new album, Hood Poet, the 24-year-old hinted to fans that he might be ready to wrap things up. Moreover, he took to Twitter to express why he could retire after this project, and to thank fans who stood by him throughout his career. "Honestly, after my HOOD POET album I’m considering retiring from music. So I appreciate everybody ridin for me 10 fold," he remarked. "This rap s**t got so watered down it ain’t no fun in it no more."

Of course, this is sad news for his fans, but also just an idea and a possible option that he's weighing alongside many others. After all, retirement is difficult even for those who want it. It wouldn't be surprising at all if the Chicago MC continues to release singles, features, and the like, as well as promo opportunities, touring, and many more things that go into being an artist. With these concerns in mind, though, all we can hope for is that he's able to choose the path he wants and is best for him, unencumbered by external circumstances or opinions.

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Polo G Suggests He Might Hang Up The Mic After Hood Poet

Furthermore, this adds even more weight to his upcoming album, or it's just a way to get more hyped buzzed around it (both can be true). Hood Poet (which stands for "He Overcame Obstacles During Pain Or Emotional Trauma") is his potential swan song, and follows up a long wait from his last project, 2021's Hall Of Fame. Hopefully it's a solid and compelling set of tracks regardless of Polo G's future. With the lead single "Barely Holdin' On," fans of the "No Time Wasted" spitter have a solid indication of the greatness to expect.

Meanwhile, Polo already cemented himself as a key part of not just the Chicago drill scene, but also the contemporary hip-hop game as a whole. If he actually does retire, it will be interesting to see how his path within the genre and outside of it continues. Maybe he eschews the public limelight altogether and focuses more on his personal life. Either way, all we can do is appreciate what he gave us already and look forward to what's on the way, because you never know if it could be his last. For more news and the latest updates on Polo G, stay up to date on HNHH.

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Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.