It really takes balls #pause… to go after your dreams. I’ve been listening to a lot of Steve Harvey videos where he tells his listeners and viewers that they have to “JUMP” out their comfort zone and try to live life on their terms. Well that is exactly what the 27 year old native of Columbus, Ohio did. He loaded up the truck and he moved to Beverly….Hills that is…swimming pools…movie stars. Actually it was Los Angeles but we’ll keep that other city for pun’s sake. It was a gamble that paid off pretty quickly as his name has spread through the City of Angels and across the internet worldwide. Ron E Polo is no stranger to the grind it takes to be successful in Hip Hop culture. He’s been rapping for 5 yrs professionally. He has a hands on approach to the promotion of his art, which has secured him a spot on a number of national tours such as Snoop Dogg’s Snoopadelic Tour and a few openers for Kevin Gates.
The awesome thing about this rapper from Columbus, is that he has range…not just in his lyrical delivery but in real life. While he was in town for the HoliDaze literally, he put on a charity show for the less fortunate entitled The HoliDaze Concert. It also served a dual purpose as he was releasing his new project Critic Talk 2 on Christmas Day.
OTT catches up with the upcoming rapper to see where his head is at these days:
OTT: What was your motivation for doing charities like The HoliDaze Concert for giving back to your community?
REP: People with platforms have responsibility, and we just wanted to help by raising awareness to a couple of charities that are near and dear to us. Not only that, but we put on a few artist from the area that may have needed exposure and wanted to rock that night. The guests didn’t have to pay a cover, if they chose not to, however they still got in if they brought a canned good or a children’s toy. It’s a great feeling to know you’re doing something good for the community that made you.
OTT: I was able to get a pre-release copy of Critic Talk 2, and it was a breath of fresh air to hear a professionally produced body of work that told wonderful stories with great production. Why did you choose that direction versus something trendy that can put you on the radio quicker?
REP: Oh I make that kind of music too. LOL But I grew up on the greats, Jay Z, Dr Dre, and Kanye West so. I grew up on the east side of Columbus, and the section I grew up in, the neighborhood kids took to East Coast rap so that played a major role in my lyrical content and delivery. When it’s all said and done you just have to be who you are. And my entire team is dedicated to bringing forth a good sound.
OTT: So you just got off tour with Uncle Snoop, what was that like?
REP: We didn’t do the whole tour we just did some dates like the show in Indianapolis. We opened for Kevin Gates when he did a show in Columbus. What we were doing at the time before we left for L.A. was resume building, and we were just catching artists while they were touring the midwest… and through strategic planning, we hopped on their shows.
OTT: What can listeners expect from the *New project Critic Talk 2?
REP: It’s another Hip Hop story to add to the legendary book. I want to tell it from the perspective of a kid that grew up on the South end of Parsons in Columbus but would later gain a gospel influence in DC from listening to my grandfather’s gospel group, and also witnessing the stories from my family that lived in Chicago. It’s the trials and tribulation and the triumphs of my life that I’m sure will resonate with a lot of people.
OTT: Where can potential fans find you on the internet?:
REP: The first place they can go is www.ronepolo.com . That is where all of my music is. I mean a do have a project on iTunes people can buy, but that’s not the point right now. I can put out an album every 2 weeks if I wanted to, but my focus isn’t on the money yet more than focusing on where I want to go as an artist. I’m also on DatPiff as well.
OTT: Well Straight Official thanks you, and we wish you much success in 2017. Please send us all the exclusives as we will be monitoring your musical journey!
REP: Will do!