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Johnny Polygon
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Background information
Origin Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Genres Hip hop, Alternative Hip Hop, Soul
Occupations Rapper, singer, songwriter
Years active 2008–present
Labels Future Green Entertainment (2008-2010), Independent (Present)
Associated acts Nas, Kid Cudi, Amanda Diva, Gabe Real
Website www.johnnypolygononline.com

Johnny Polygon is an American rapper and singer. He first gained attention with his video for a song called “Bag”, which ultimately led to him being signed to DJ Green Lantern’s Future Green Entertainment label. In 2009 he released his first EP entitled Group Hug. On February 14, 2010 Johnny released an official mixtape, Rebel Without Applause, which features his single “The Riot Song”. Johnny has also worked with Nas, Kid Cudi, Amanda Diva, and Gabe Real. As of April 1 2010, Johnny decided to drop from his label and continue on as an independent artist.

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Early Life

Originally from Tulsa Oklahoma [1], Johnny Polygon first gained notice on a local battle scene. Looking for something more, he moved to Hollywood to pursue his music career. It was in Los Angeles where Johnny met Nathan Moore, who approached him about making a music video for his song “Bag”. The video was eventually entered into an online competition and gained notice from DJ Green Lantern[1]. Liking what he heard and saw, in 2008 Green Lantern signed Johnny to his label Future Green Entertainment. [2].

Music Career

Once Johnny signed with DJ Green Lantern he moved to New York where they recorded a song together called, “Price on Your Head” which is featured in 2008’s Grand Theft Auto 4 and its soundtrack. [2]. That same year Johnny was featured on Nas’ 2008 Untitled album, singing the chorus for the song “Black President”.

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2009–Present

In 2009, Johnny made is his television debut on BET’s Inaugural Address, performing “Black President” with Nas.[3]. That same year he released his first EP Group Hug on Invasion Records. On July 17, 2009 Johnny was featured in Vapors Magazine[1] and on September 14 he was again featured in YRB Magazine[4]. Johnny also made a cameo appearance in Kid Cudi’s video for “Pursuit of Happiness”. [5].

Johnny’s “Riot Song” is also featured on HBO’s 2010 series How to Make it in America and its’ mixtape, “How to Make it in America Mixtape” presented by Kid Cudi, DJ Green Lantern, and Broke Mogul.[6] During the intro of the track Cudi states that Johnny is “…the illest up and coming artists”. Kid Cudi is featured on Rebel Without Applause, performing a remix with Johnny to “The Riot Song”. [7]

Presented by DJ Green Lantern and Karmaloop.com, Johnny released an official mixtape on February 14, 2010 titled Rebel Without Applause.[8] The album features guest appearances by Kid Cudi, Amanda Diva, and Gabe Real.[8] Following his mixtape release, a video for “The Riot Song” debuted on February 23.[9] The video is a Wile E. Coyote & Roadrunner inspired live action cartoon, using over 3,000 real paper cut outs to tell the story, with no repeating images.

On March 31, 2010 Johnny went on Los AngelesKPWR's POWER 106 FM THE TAKEOVER with the LA Leakers and DJ Reflex[10]. During the show he performed a freestyle over The Black Eyed Peas' Imma Be. In the July 2010 issue of Oklahoma Magazine Johnny had a featured spread[11].. Johnny made an appearance on the Dead Prez song, NYPD, which was in the 2010 movie Brooklyn’s Finest.

During a show in Los Angeles on April 1, 2010, Johnny announced to his fans that he was moving forward as an independent artist.

Johnny's video for "The Riot Song" premiered on MTV2’s show subterranean on July 28, 2010 [12] Also in late July, “The Riot Song” music video was added VH1 Soul and mtvU[13] Following the release of his video of “The Riot Song” on MTV Johnny plans to release an EP called Wolf in Cheap Clothing.

The Johnny Polygon Show

Johnny also has his own online show on karmaloop.tv[14]. The premise of the show revolves around Johnny and his life as an artist. Now on its second season, the show has featured stories about him, Nas, and Cudi and what its like to be in the shoes of Johnny Polygon.

Discography

EP's

  • Group Hug (2009)
  • Wolf in Cheap Clothing (2010)

Official Mixtapes

  • Rebel Without Applause (2010)

External links

References


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