Saturday, 11 June 2016

Miss Radcliffe Meets......Polo Paul

I caught up with New York artist Polo Paul. I've been following his music for a while now and I loved his last EP 'Wr2: Ignorance of The Horn'
which I featured previously. You can check that out here.
He is about to release something new so I figured I would get the scoop on this rising star.

Miss R: Let's go back to the beginning..Where did the name 'Polo Paul' come from?

So, my family is from Haiti. They always had a nickname for kids so my real name is Paul but they always called me Polo.
As I grew up the nickname always stuck. So when before I started on my first tape "The Boy Who Lived" I figured all the greats run with there real name like Kendrick, J Cole, Drake so I figured I do the same thus "Polo Paul"

Miss R: When did you realise music was something you wanted to peruse?

When I was 11 years old I started writing, I really fell in love with it. At the age of 15 I knew I wanted to be a professional musician. 

Miss R: You are the founder of the group YFP (Your Frequent Problems) which is also the name of your record label. How did that come about? how did that come about?

Well, that started the summer before my first tape. It initially started as a support system for me in the beginning. It became much more when I kept meeting all of these talented people like, Jai Emm, Knice Da Maje, JBC.
2014 is when YFP officially became a company.

Miss R: Who/What Inspires your music?

Honestly, great hip hop & R&B music, art in general for that matter. I really love battle rap, movies, sitcoms. Anything brings creativity to a new level. 

Miss R: You have a new album coming out 'ANIKE' (Actually Never Knew I'd Equal), What's the story behind it?

'Actually Never Knew I'd Equal' also know as A.N.K.I.E.( pronounced as Annie) is my fourth project. It's the most personal piece of work I've ever made.
The reason its pronounced as Annie is a grammatical error that's suppose to represent real depiction of a orphan vs a happy ending of the story that is Annie.
The album features singles like "Cul De Sac" where I speak about my past and chocolate where I speak about my views of black women. Which both are available on my soundcloud. I think this will be very fulfilling eye opening project for the listeners.

'Cul De Sac'


Miss R: When will this be available?

Definitely this year we are shooting for late September or October

Miss R: Are there any collaborations on this album?

Features are with: Jai Emm, Flow, Niqa Mor and Ernest Pope.
Production with: Knice Da Maje, Matt Majerle, Preach Gold and DirtRich Beats, but I may add more.

Miss R: Are you a fan of any UK artists?


Miss R: If  you could pick any artist/ producer  to work with, who would it be?

I have a lot, but my top choice would be Lauryn Hill and producer would be 40.

Miss R: Where do you want your music to take you?

Touring. I want to travel the world and to drop a major album.

Miss R: What message do you want your fans to take from your music?

I want them take a piece of me every time they listen. I want them to understand the creativity that I work hard to give them. Most of all, I just want them to enjoy the music.

Miss R: Do you have any shows coming up?

Not set in stone yet but we got a lot things in the works.

Miss R: Where can people get your music?

Apple music, Spotify, iTunes, Tidal, Soundcloud, Datpiff etc.

Miss R: What other interest, aside from music do you have?

I love battle Rap idk if you count that as music. Lol

Miss R: Do you have any other projects in the pipeline?

Yes I'm actually working on album for this hip hop duo that me & JBC created called "You Know The Rules" we are also dropping a lot singles this year for that so stay tuned.

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