What’s up Polo 500 & Big Dawg Tayo!! Much respect on your guys new Mixtape. You both are really bringing something completely different to the Hip Hop game today! Where are you guys from , how long have you been making music together & how did you end up getting your MC names?
Polo500: Preciate the love man Just tryna bring the bars back forreal. Im From Dumfries,Va right outside Woodbridge. I started off with the name Bar None off the cyphers we used to be in when I was locked up. I changed my name when I came home to Polo500.
Big Dawg Tayo:Thanks for showin our record love we put our hear and soul into this shit. I’m from Southeast DC. My Nickname is Tayo so I ended up changin it to Big Dawg Tayo.
Who are you guys influenced by?
Polo500:I am an old soul but I don’t really see a problem with the transition going on in this rap game cuz we still got artists puttin out dope shit it’s just harder to catch peoples ear.My influences are Outkast,Kanye,Ti,Big Krit,Nas,Ice Cube,Bone-thugs Devin the dude shit I listen to so many people but i believe I learned the most from these artists.
BDT:I’m a lil younger than Polo so I grew up on Wayne,Chief Keef, and Glizzy
Usually Underground Hip Hop is defined as having a certain sound, original backpack or conscious rap! But fans have to understand that certain artists have different influences and have a whole other perspective on it. Your music is more trappy and catchy like the music today which is playing on the radio. Let us know who you guys are still underground!
Polo500: I’m underground in every sense of the word my first projects were backpack to the core and weren’t really successful.I was to worried about the bars and not really having fun I think that’s why they were over looked. “Texaco” was a fun album that came together well because we were talkin real life shit. Not one project I have been involved with sounds the same as the latter. Versatility and stickin to your roots is what makes you underground.
BDT: We still grindin out here in the trenches. Still livin that life so in essence a lot of the shit we talk about is conscious rap because its tellin you wat we endured and wat we still face everyday. The outro is as conscious as it gets if you go in-depth because it’s a message behind it .
A lot of rappers who tend to get big completely disappear from their local communities and never give back! What is your take on that, and lets say you guys hit it major one day, what will you guys do?
Polo500: Alot of people don’t come back to where there from because success made them a target look at all the famous artists before they made it most were beloved when they came up .They come back shinin and somebody snatch they chain or niggaz they once was cool with want there 5 mins of fame and start tryna undo niggaz character. On the other side of that it aint shit to do food drives and pass out turkeys on thanksgiving. Have fundraisers and shit but some artists aint grow up in the field. If I get on we definitely gon build studios and try to get leagues for the youth and try to bring the best talent out of the dmv.
We really respect new MC’s who decide to actually take their music careers seriously! Please breakdown the creative process of your latest Mixtape “““On My Way 2 Texaco””.
Polo500:We went left with this project instead of writing and coordinating hooks we went str8 to production we wanted the sound to grab your ear. After the sounds were picked we started writing endless hooks and thats how “Texaco” was crafted.
What are you guys looking forward to for 2017? Anything you guys going to be doing differently compared to past years?
Polo500:Im tryna touch all genres with my music because i grew up on more than just hip-hop.I just released a R&b cd wit my homie Kene P called V card and its fire we both did heavy writing on that project. I also got Slab Muzik 1 & 2 finished I fell in love wit slabs during my times in the midwest. I always wanted one and I just love the down south sound so it was inspiration for me to make sumthin as an ode
Any pressuring situations before you decided to push your latest Mixtape? Did everything work out according to plan?
Polo500: To be honest no it didn’t shit kinda stalled out in the beginning of the project. We aint get the results we felt we deserved.So we started workin wit new people. We took a hiatus for like 4 months and when we got the right team We was workin day and night to get this project done.
Rappers nowadays think by throwing up a few videos up on social media and pushing quick projects, they can blow up overnight! Give us your view on how over saturated the market is right now with so many MC’s/Producers but not to many quality music.
Polo500:When i was growing up you had Wayne puttin out mixtapes monthly,Dj clue ,gucci Mane etc the game aint the same nomore you got artists puttin out all these mixtapes and they got like 3 songs that crank off each one instead of sittin back and puttin in the effort when they coulda had a whole tape of heat.
How often do you both perform LIVE. Shows lined up in the near future?
Polo500:I just came off major back surgery so i wasnt doin anything but in the past 3 to 4 months we have performed at 4 places and did one ig live show with my homeboy Paperboy and Parkway Kei. But we got some shows comin up soon and we wont disappoint.
Where do you see yourselves in 5yrs time?
Polo500:I see myself running a label,running a blog and being a liaison for talent that’s not being heard in my region because they djs is money hungry and these radio stations aint for the people nomore.
Here it is! Our most popular question! What is your definition of “underground hip hop”?
Polo500:Underground hip hop you prolly wont hear on the radio. Because its honest raw and unfiltered. Not for the masses but for those who can feel it.
Where can people find you on the web? Drop all the vital links.
IG and twitter: bigdawg_tayoo
Lastly, and shout out?
Free my lil cuz Big Dawg Tayo…i wanna thank indienation….Virginiagotnow.com….Kene P ….Calvin es aka Craftgonnabang…..parkway Kei….Paperboy…Big G 703….My homie Spike ….THe thriftlordes…rapxrnb….My brother Lo500…Dj Fatboi…Dj Flatline….My homie Bigg…The DMV