This past weekend, Polo G liberated his third studio album Hall of Fame, a 20-track offering that saw a slew of assists from the likes of The Kid LAROI, Lil Durk, Lil Wayne, G Herbo, Rod Wave, DaBaby, Young Thug, Roddy Ricch, Nicki Minaj, and Pop Smoke. Following visuals from said project for “Epidemic,” “GNF (OKOKOK),” “RAPSTAR,” “GANG GANG,” and “No Return” comes another for the 1040 and yungfuel-produced “Painting Pictures,” a heartfelt cut that sees Polo G rapping about his rollercoaster upbringing, life on the streets, and loved ones that have passed on:
“Say, “Fuck the opposites,” but deep down, we really all alike, since the elementary, our elders gave us small advice, this shit could lead to death and jail, it’s crazy how they all was right, I was playin’ AAU with Ed, it was ball is life, wish I could’ve warned him in advance ‘fore he lost his life, game time, call troopers for backup before we call for Christ...”
Directed by Ryan Lynch, the concomitant clip begins with Polo G gifting his team with jewelry, before taking us through the rapper’s Chicago stomping grounds — from the school he attended to the block amongst crowds of beautiful people. Referencing the aforementioned lyrics, the clip ends with footage of Polo’s late friend Edward Bryant, who was senselessly killed alongside his twin brother Edwin back in 2016.
Unfortunately, negative energy recently returned to Polo G’s proverbial doorstep — while celebrating the release of Hall of Fame, he was arrested in Miami for a variety of charges. He’s since spoken out about the incident, stating that the city’s law enforcement were targeting him since his arrival:
“[One] of the officers told us they was on us since we got off our jet ... They playin foul in Miami & dat shit been like that for a minute...”
Press play on “Painting Pictures” below.