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Johnny Polygon

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"Johnny Polygon - New Music Feature"

When they asked me where I would like to interview Johnny Polygon my first reaction was Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles but only because the night before I got into a intense conversation with my girlfriend over the deliciousness that is waffles, syrup and chicken—which is not OK for my no-salt diet, but as Johnny stated, he was on cheat day and so was I. I have to admit I was worried about falling into a stereotypical scenario but seriously, who doesn’t like chicken? I think every race has chicken as part of their diet; have you ever tasted Cuban chicken or Korean fried chicken, it’s simply AMAZING!

Johnny Polygon is like our favorite yard-bird in the sense that he has the ability to appeal to everyone and like I said before, who doesn’t like chicken? With his new EP “Group Hug” and his entertaining videos on his MySpace page, Johnny is about to bring his panty-dropping skills to your speakers and headphones.

Where are you from?
Oklahoma—Tulsa, Oklahoma—it’s not the capital but its next most important place.

Is it the black Beverly Hill of Oklahoma?
(laughing) My block was.

How many tornadoes have you lived through?
Five but they never really hit the city, its always hitting the really, really country people.

You would think they would move because they know it’s coming every year.
It’s the same thing with fires here. You know every year there are going to be fires.

Touché. So what is there to do in Tulsa? What did you do as a kid?
I did music and a lot of ’shrooms.

You’re a brave man. That’s an inside-with-a-pillow drug, anything other than that is adventure.
I mean there wasn’t much to do other than get in trouble or try to do something. So I was like, let’s try this rap thing out and see where this takes me.

Tulsa is not a place typically mentioned when discussing hip-hop. How was it trying to get noticed and make a name for yourself there?
Actually, it gave me a lot identity from jump street. It was one of those things where the confidence came through because there was not a lot of people that were really good at rapping so as soon as I started rapping I was the best rapper around, so it was just really natural.

Can you count the amount of rappers in Tulsa on your hands?
No, yo, there are a lot of rappers out there but the ones you really see are the ones that are trying to be something else—trying to emulate people—pretending to be rappers. (This waffle is amazing!)
It’s very much like that in the sense that I came up battling. I was known around Oklahoma for a long time, “That’s Johnny Polygon Battle Rapper, he’ll make fun of you and it will rhyme and it will be hilarious and amazing.” But it was a lot like 8 Mile except when I moved to LA, I only had $297; it started as $300 but my dad drove me out here, ’cause I was going do this rap thing, so my parents, who are still married—that’s some gangsta shit—were like, well, this is no place for you to do it and you’ll end up a loser that can rap good. So my dad drove me out here to LA but on the way I stopped and got a Slurpee and some Doritos, then I had $297. I’ll never forget, the very, very first thing I saw in LA that was like, “oh, shit,” I was staying at this hostel on Hollywood Blvd and it was my first time on Hollywood Blvd and I see Spiderman getting patted down by the cops, in full gear with the mask and everything, assuming the position, and I was like, “Whoa, what the fuck?”

Tell me about your EP Group Hug.
Group Hug is like, (Polygon goes into his best stereotypical hip-hop/ conscious gangster rapper impersonation) well, you know man, I was hugging all my styles. But for real, I’m on some anti-machismo shit right now.

If you didn’t make it on your skills alone what type of “street cred” act would you have performed to get noticed?
The first thing I would do is probably shoot myself in the ear and never really explain the story. I may put it out there that a chick mafia did it.

How did DJ Green Lantern come to discover you?
He saw a music video of mine; actually, to go further back, my old manager made me a music video and said that he was going to enter it in this online competition and I didn’t want to have anything to do with it, I was like, “That sounds fucking stupid.” Like, on some American Idol, win a record deal or something; I didn’t want a record deal. But he kept bothering me about it and finally I was like, “Shut up, put it up, whatever, I don’t care.” So Green was one of the judges and he called me and was like, “Yo drop out of this competition right now and let’s go make an album.”

What’s that feeling like when you get signed to a deal?
Man, I’m never one to rest on my laurels—as soon as one thing happens, it’s like, “OK, the next thing! All right, got signed, what am I going to do I now? Need to make some hot records.” It’s kind of like climbing a hill and getting to the top and realizing there’s a mountain you have to climb because you couldn’t see the mountain from the bottom of the hill.

So now that you’re in the industry, what’s your impression of it?
Honestly, I think the music industry is fucking awesome because it’s given me an opportunity to just rap; that’s all you got to do is just rap and sing and make songs and everything else will just fall into place. But there are the industry games that I don’t really play so I wouldn’t have much to complain about.

Group Hug is an eclectic collection of music from straight hip-hop to singing and everything in between. What genre would you categorize this EP?
Panty droppers, that’s the type of genre of music I’m in, panty-dropping music. You know, like funk, you gotta have some stank on it to be funk.

So like Panty Stank Funk?
You said it.

Did you take time to craft the album or was it more of using what you liked and not worrying about it?
I definitely didn’t have any sort of filter or any sort of obligations to make any one sort of music. There will be days when I don’t know what I want to do so I just go in the booth and just build it like a bridge. This is what been happening recently—most of my rap songs—I’ve been making two types of rap songs right now. A rap song that will be straight ignorant shit that I think is really insightful and or it’ll be motivational rap like, “You can do it!” When it’s on some singing, melodical shit, that’s when I have to step up to the panty-dropper music to validate, this is why I have this badge, this is my card, I’ll be showing you my skills now.

In your opinion do you think there’s a point where you can say, “I made it”?
Man, I’ve done that a bunch already, so yeah, I do and I hope there are many, many more.

So what is next; are you gonna follow the hip-hop artist handbook and start doing movies and create a clothing company?
No, none of that, I still need to…I have definite next levels that I would like to be at and it is all…I’ve never been much of the, “I want to act” or have a headband line or something like that, I haven’t really gone that far, you know what I mean? That’s on some future, future… but my next level is to be in places I’ve never been before and doing sold-out shows. - Vapors Magazine


"Johnny Polygon – Group Hug (Review)"



Johnny Polygon is fresh, not merely in the ‘dope’ essence of the word but in the ‘breath of fresh air’ of it all. He’s a cross between Eminem, for his witty flow, and Kid Cudi, for his ingenious melodies and acceptance of being different in hip-hop. Group Hug is his debut six track EP and it not only introduces Johnny, but gets us excited about the full Johnny Polygon we have yet to see. The EP captures his personality and lyrics which are full of witty lines of beating dudes up to loving the ladies. They will either make you love him or hate him.

The mixed tape type intro track presents a thesis: Johnny is dope. Its the traditional brag and curse record where he seeks to show his rap dominance. However, the five other tracks gives you another side of him: full of r&b sounds and that Gnarls Barkly-esque alternative rock vibe that still makes you feel like you are driving down hip-hop lane. Group Hug is risky yet authentic.

The sounds on each record are different, from the single ‘The Riot Song’, a 90’s sounding R&B tune that is catchy and interesting to ‘Do You Love Me’, an early 60’s teen pop song under some 80’s synths. The lyrics also stand out. In ‘Turbo Light Beams’, the beat and his voicing has some swagger as he self-reflectively proclaims: ‘if i get any less/its my fault/I’m an adult/I’m responsible for my downfall.’ It’s serious but gets fun on the bridge. ‘If I Rule the World’ sounds like a Beyonce ‘Single Ladies’ bite with its beat and clap but it soon turns into a 50’s twist rhythm, where he croons about his bad luck with love. ‘I’ve Been Running’ has a cool flow. As DJ Green Lantern sampled voice repeats in the hook, Johnny raps about his lack of job consistency, elementary school fights, and his imperfections. You have to admire the honesty and the storytelling, although it May not be anything you want your child to continually listen to.

However there is no doubt that you would want to keep on listening to the EP. It’s pretty fresh: did I mention both in the ‘dope’ and ‘breath of fresh air” kind of way?
- URB Magazine


"Johnny Polygon - Tulsa, Oklahoma"

by Danielle Young

Photography by Alexander Richter

The hottest emcees typically reign from places where hip-hop’s history is deeply embedded in its roots — from street corners to bodegas, barbershops to school yards and hole-in-the-wall clubs to basketball courts alike — hip-hop thrives. However, there’s this weird, fresh eclectic newcomer, Johnny Polygon, and he’s proving that dope lyrics and amazing beats can be a product of an unlikely source—Tulsa, Oklahoma. “Tulsa doesn’t have a representative right now. I’d be honored if it were me. I’ve taken that as my responsibility,” Johnny states rather matter-of-factly.

With his EP circulating behind an already firm, but modest, fan base, Johnny boy is introducing himself to a world outside of Tulsa. “Sometimes you’ve got to take chances,” Polygon recalls of his decision to leave the comforts of home for the grind of L.A. Not only did he take a chance on moving with $297 in his pocket, but he also took a chance on making music that was all about being who he is. “I’m always on a mission to inspire people just to be themselves, that’s it,” Johnny says, declaring his soul purpose for his distinct sound. “I always viewed music as I can do absolutely whatever I want. A lot of my songs and lyrics are just conversations that my friends and I have [had], and they transform themselves into songs,” Polygon explains.


Johnny’s love for music made itself known when he was just chillin’ in the club in his B-Boy stance. “I started out as a breakdancer, and that was cool because there was a lot of attention on us in the club,” Johnny says with a sly smile. And, luckily, it’s that same club where he saw rappers handing out their CD’s and decided, “I can do that.” And so he did.


Johnny’s EP is currently blasting in speakers, while newfound fans anxiously await his -inspired mixtape and album. “ is an introduction and the [mixtape] is mingling. I’ll say is a great night and morning after…and pancakes,” Johnny laughs as he describes his multiple releases.


In case you think Johnny may be biting off more than he can chew juggling releases -don’t – he’s got this. “I want people to know that I have a million things to say and a million ways that I can say it,” Johnny says, and he’s fully committed to proving it. Failing is not an option for Johnny at this point because, “If I wasn’t rapping, I’d definitely be some form of low-life.” You wouldn’t do that to your new favorite hip-hop hero, would you? - YRB Magazine


"Johnny Polygon’s ‘The Riot Song’ uses that cool stop motion animation…"

Johnny Polygon’s ‘The Riot Song’ uses that cool stop motion animation… Kanye, Kid Cudi leave it alone! - Radio Big Boy [of Los Angele's POWER 106]


"4.5 out of 5 Stars"

4.5 out of 5 Stars: Mixtape stream. - Hip Hop DX


"Johnny Polygon on POWER 106, LA Leakers"

Johnny Polygon stopped by The Takeover on Power 106 last night and s kicked a freestyle over "I'mma Be" by the Black Eyed Peas with the Los Angeles Leakers (DJ sourMILK & Justin Credible) & Dj Reflex. The complete show, Freestyle, and Interview are all available for download below.
Twitter.com/J_credible
Twitter.com/djsourmilk

The Take Over 03.31.10 - Full Show
http://limelinx.com/files/a9f134dfc0899aa47f45666575a5b361

Johnny Polygon Take Over 03.31.10 - Interview Only
http://limelinx.com/files/7e15677a6083b0c1c47253a051d44fd0

Johnny Polygon-Imma Be (LA Leakers/Takeover Freestyle)
http://limelinx.com/files/772b7ca8d1954f3070c406faefc89b0c - POWER 106, LA Leakers Official Blog


"iHipHip Exclusive Interview: Johnny Polygon Discusses Having “The Worst Tattoo” Ever, Efficient Video Vixens & Homo Erotic Underground Hip-Hop Shows"

So I linked up with Johnny Polygon at the Thompson LES for some shots of tequila and witty banter. This interview was really all over the place. Johnny speaks on the meth induced Christian b*thces that run Oklahoma to having very efficient video hoes for “The Riot Song“. He shows off “the worst tattoo ever”, and declares that the purpose of Rebel Without Applause was to get “income coming in, and some panties going down”. Finally he addresses his priorities as far as designer jeans vs weed go, and how hopefully Kid Cudi’s career will get to where it needs to go after people hear him on Johnny’s sh*t. Check it out. Johnny is pretty funny.

http://vimeo.com/10036858 - iHipHop


"Johnny Polygon Does Tulsa Proud [Exclusive Coverage]"

Pabst Blue Ribbon was the bartender’s special Saturday night, so of course I bought two. It was my first time having a PBR, but I have a feeling most of the people there had put back a few in their life. The streets were dimly lit and most of the buildings were boarded up. Nestled in a cozy, yet unique, spot east of downtown Tulsa, the Eclipse was the perfect spot for the show. The crowd was typecast for what you’d expect to see at a Grizzly Bear show, but this wasn’t an indie act. It was the homecoming of Tulsa’s own Johnny Polygon.

It was an experience for me, and I’m sure it was for Johnny as well considering that it was his first show back home since releasing his latest album Rebel Without Applause. The set started with I’ve Been Runnin, which turned up the crowd and got them jumping. After hyping up the crowd, Polygon delved into some joints from his new mixtape Rebel Without Applause. The first was There Go Johnny Polygon, making sure that everyone in the crowd knew who he was. He actually explained to us that he used to be called Menus 1, pronounced Menace One. Frustrated with constantly being called Menus, he changed it to Johnny Polygon after his birth name John.

After hitting us with the cuts like That’s You and At It Again, JP brought out his singing skills and hit us with some of my personal favorites from Rebel. As it turns out, it seemed to be the crowd’s favorites as he performed Riot Song followed by Get Over. which had the crowd swaying and singing along. “I ain’t never feel strong about anything more than I feel about rap,” rapped Johnny.

I was a fan of Johnny going in, but after the show I can say that I became a bigger fan and an even bigger supporter. Johnny Polygon is ready to show the world what he has to offer, and people are beginning to listen to his message. At the same time, he’s letting the world know what Tulsa and the rest of Oklahoma has to offer. Next time Johnny Polygon is playing in your city, I recommend checking it out. Even if you aren’t the biggest fan, the experience is something else, especially with the hipster girls and Pabst Blue Ribbon specials.

Read more: http://www.djbooth.net/index/news/entry/johnny-polygon-tulsa-05041001/#ixzz0p1Iohe8A
- DJ Booth


"Johnny Polygon – That’s You"

Another one from Court Dunn & NahRight’s One Shot series. Visuals for a joint off Johnny’s upcoming mixtape, Rebel Without A Cause, dropping on February 14th.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CuV5J0e3fRM - 2DopeBoyz


"Johnny Polygon: Rebel Without Applause Mixtape"

Johnny Polygon is breaking the rules to no positive recgonition on his new mixtape, Rebel Without Applause presented by The Evil Genius (DJ Green Lantern) and Karamloop.

http://www.rubyhornet.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6729:johnny-polygon-rebel-without-applause-mixtape&catid=26:blog&Itemid=58

also,
Johnny Polygon drops this insane visual to support the new release of his DJ Green Lantern x Karmaloop aided Rebel Without Applause. Click through for the video!

http://www.rubyhornet.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=6814:johnny-polygon-qriot-songq-music-video&catid=26:blog&Itemid=58 - RubyHornet


"Johnny Polygon, Rebel Without Applause"

There are a bunch of bangers on this, ranging from 80s sounding throwback beats to 90s Timbaland-inspired bangers, a couple future soul-leaning R&B hooks, with hard rhymes from Polygon and an assortment of guests like Amanda Diva and Kid Cudi. And then there's this amazing song that just recently got a video: - Impose Magazine


"MUSIC SPOTLIGHT: THERE’S SOMETHING SEXY ABOUT JOHNNY POLYGON…."

Hot new artist!! He’s like the geek next door…..plus he look like one of those motherf*uggaz that’s packin’ some serious meat!

The video is directed by: THE GRAPHIC FOUNDATION & Philip Sportel! The piece is a Wile E. Coyote & Roadrunner inspired, live action cartoon, pursuit of love. With visual nods to both the Teeny Little Super Guy and Who Framed Rodger Rabbit, let the 80s and 90s wash all over you!

A live action shoot was shot, printed frame by frame, cut out, and re-shot on hand made miniature sets. Over 3,000 real paper cut outs were used to tell a linear story with no repeating images. An additional layer of cartoon inspired animations were used to punctuate key points visually, as Johnny tames the heart of the lead girl. Artists Gabe Real and Amanda Diva both make cameo appearances.

You can find The Riot Song on the free album ‘Rebel without Applause’ presented by Karmaloop & DJ Green Lantern along with guest appearances from Kid CuDi, Amanda Diva, and Gabe Real. Production contributions include DJ Green Lantern, Picnic Tyme, DJ MF Shalem. Cop the album on iTunes and support 100% independent music.

Should I sign him to my label y’alll!!?? - misstilaomg.com - Tila Tequila (lol)


Discography

Rebel Without Applause - Released Feb 14, 2010

1. There Go Johnny Polygon
2. Get There feat Gabe Real
3. Get Right feat Amanda Diva
4. That's You
5. At It Again
6. Ass on the Flo
7. The Riot Song
8. Get Over
9. Unfortunate Fame
10. That's What Girls Do
11. Night Off
12. We Got It feat Gabe Real
13. The Meaning Of Life
14. The Riot Song Remix Feat KiD CuDi
15. Kids Broken Hearted
16. To You
17. Blvd Broad feat Amanda Diva
18. Smile

Group Hug - May 2008

1. DopestFlyestOgPimpPlayerHardcoreMotherfucker
2. The Riot Song
3. I Been Runnin
4. Do You Love Me
5. Turbo Light Beams feat Gabe Real
6. Mystery

Lego My Ego - 2004

1. Rapture
2. Said So
3. Leggo My Ego
4. Wanna Be
5. J.O.Bs
6. Lose Control
7. Change
9. Democracy (Weapons of Mass Distraction)
10. Don't Believe Em
11. Move-Out
12. Push it Back
13. Seen it (Easy)
14. Ebonics
15. Stand Up
16. Cold Kickin It
17 Hell
18. Puff

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Bio

Johnny is an eclectic mix of indie skewed hip-hop and world music. He walks to his own beat and stays left of what most perceive from the genre naturally. Though Johnny's been making records independently since his teens with a "both feet in" attitude, he first came on the scene when he signed to DJ Green Lantern in early 2008. A song the two worked on together for Grand Theft Auto IV called “Price On Your Head” was quickly released thereafter in the game and soundtrack.

For the 2008 Presidential Election, he cropped up again singing "Yes we can save the world" on Nas' “Black President” found on Nas' deviously ‘Unitiled’ album and the DJ Green Lantern, Russel Simmons 'Yes We Can' Mixtape.

While on tour with Nas, they played dates at The ROXY, The House Of Blues and the Rock The Bells Festival as well as a televised performance at BET's "Inaugural Ball" in support of that record into 2009. Also in 2009, Johnny dropped his own EP, ‘Group Hug' on Invasion Records distributed by The Orchard -- then headed back in the studio for a follow up.

A teaser of his newest release came out the week before Valentines Day on HBO's 'How To Make It In America' mixtape hosted by Kid CuDi with the original cut of The Riot Song. CuDi states over the opening track that Johnny is "... the illest up and coming artists. We did a remix to this song so look for that soon."

Johnny re-emerges with his album, 'Rebel Without Applause' and an artful, stop motion music video for 'The Riot Song' that garnered wide spread online support – including a week long feature in the “New And Noteworthy” music page in the iTunes store. Guest appearances on 'Rebel Without Applause' include Kid CuDi, Amanda Diva, and Gabe Real.