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Thursday, March 17 • 1:00am - 2:00am
Johnny Polygon

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When you inevitably start telling your friends about Johnny Polygon, what will you say? That he's a rapper/singer with an ill thrift store disposition that might just sing your girl out of her panties? You could say he's one of the few that can murder a freestyle AND write a hook. Maybe thathe's the dude giving you the church giggles when you're watching his YouTube videos instead of working. Perhaps you tell them something about how he is one tall, black, flannel covered drink of water. You could tell them all these things and you'd be right. But you'd also fall far short of explaining the man and musician that is Johnny Polygon. Born and raised in Tulsa as one of the original Oklahomies, Johnny has since become a rhyme spitting, street-ballad singing, force of nature within the music industry. While splitting his time between New York and Los Angeles, Johnny travels the country exposing like-minded youths to his unique flavor of musical eccentricity. Incorporating a healthy dose of his own highly refined musical sensibility, his compositions range from the love songs for the broken hearted, to club bangers meant to rattle skulls through headphones and blow out the windows of your '97 Ford Focus. Johnny made his first step onto the national stage after signing with DJ Green Lantern in 2008, and has been working with some of the most brilliant and highly respected artists in the game today. With DJ Green Lantern he helped create the song "Price On Your Head" which was featured on the Grand Theft Auto IV soundtrack. Soon after, he was singing the hook on Nas' Obama anthem, "Black President" which made its way on his controversial 'Untitled' album. After touring with Rock The Bells and a BET appearance with Nas, Johnny dropped his own EP in 2009. Entitled 'Group Hug', it featured one of his most popular recordings to date, "The Riot Song". "The Riot Song" has since been remixed with Kid CuDi, who has proclaimed Johnny Polygon as "One of the illest artists people NEED to know about." CuDi also posted on the front page of his official website directing everyone to "stop lunchin." "The Riot Song" was featured on HBO's 'How to Make it in America' mixtape, which was presented by CuDi and DJ Green Lantern. "The Riot Song" has made a notable splash overseas picking up daily radio spins across France on Radio Nova. Following it's critical success, Johnny released his first mixtape, Rebel Without Applause featuring appearances from Kid CuDi, Amanda Diva, and Gabriel Royal Met with rave reviews and numerous accolades, XXLmag.com stated that Rebel Without Applause was "one of the more stellar releases this year." Setting the bar high for visuals to come, Johnny came at 2010 like a knuckle tatted right cross to the jaw with his release of the music video for "The Riot Song". Based around an ambitious stop motion visual treatment and substantial narrative, the video premiered on MTV2, and saw spins on VH1 Soul, MTVU, and BET Centric. In early 2010, Johnny also collaborated with the insanely talented Dead Prez for a track entitled "NYDP" on their album, 'Pulse of the People', which was also heard on the soundtrack for the feature film 'Brooklyn's Finest'. Johnny has decidedly taken an independent stance for his next slated releases as his salute to the dying music business and the rebirth of a new one. Wrapped in the warmth and support of his sponsors, new and old loyal fans, and organically grown traction, he's releasing an onslaught of music starting with his Catch-Up mixtape presented by Orisue in November 2010. It will be a collection of music spanning his career from age 17 to present day. It features rare and unreleased tracks as well as features and collabs with Kid CuDi, Nas, Dead Prez, Adele, DJ Green Lantern, Amanda Diva, Picnic Tyme, Gabe Real and many more. He created a brief introduction to Catch-Up, in which he allows his fans a comical glimpse into his life with taping of a therapy session with actor/comedian TJ Miller. Quick on the heels of the Catch-Up mixtape, Johnny is set to release his 'Wolf In Cheap Clothing' EP presented by 2DopeBoyz and DJ Booth on Dec 15, 2010. All will be able to enjoy his latest notch in the world's bedpost while seeing his constant and ever progressive evolution as an artist. True to his indie sensibilities, it'll all be consumable for free ninety-nine. 2011 is full of promise starting with visuals to support Wolf In Cheap Clothing singles. But, the world at large can expect another free release before Johnny unveils his debut studio album in second quarter.
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When you inevitably start telling your friends about Johnny Polygon, what will you say? That he's a rapper/singer with an ill thrift store disposition that might just sing your girl out of her panties? You could say he's one of the few that can murder a freestyle AND write a hook... Read More →


Thursday March 17, 2011 1:00am - 2:00am
Rusty Spurs 405 E. 7th St.

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