The GOAT

Polo G - The GOAT
Critic Score
Based on 6 reviews
2020 Ratings: #196 / 799
User Score
Based on 478 ratings
2020 Ratings: #593
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CRITIC REVIEWS

83
Consequence of Sound

Polo’s previous album, Die a Legend, was meticulously crafted but unrousably lethargic; all the beats sounded hungover. The Goat has more pep in its step.

82
HipHopDX

You have to admire Polo G’s confidence in never settling for less than G.O.A.T. status. THE GOAT backs his self-proclamation by leaning into vulnerability and pain, revealing more about his past hardships in the streets and how those demons affect his life now.

80
Earmilk

Now that he's solidified himself as a major talent, he proves that you cannot call yourself "The GOAT" without using your platform to inspire others to want or do better.

80
AllMusic

The Goat is full of daring approaches, intense performances, and skillfully constructed songs. Its best tracks give a sense that Polo G, already a captivating talent, is capable of even greater things.

77
Pitchfork

The Chicago rapper’s follow-up to his riveting debut LP argues for him as an adaptable and unmissable talent, an unlikely star in a new major-label system.

70
The Needle Drop

Polo G's thoughtful songwriting makes up for some questionable production choices on The GOAT.

AZIZ
78
Y'all are all wrong.
BradTasteMusic
71
Okay so... this dude is set apart lyrically and melodically. he has a very simple flow, which rarely changes... but damn the lyrics are so far ahead of many many many trap contemporaries.

Polo G isn’t afraid to be open, allowing for a very passionate and compelling performance. Idk how much stay power this style has, but this guy has the gift. The trap stories on here are entertaining, and usually have a true emotional lesson to them.

Anyways this thing really slaps, and I like it a lot
TheDankestMeme
78
Polo G delivers a pretty good album that I actually found myself enjoying for pretty much the entire length. I've never been that into Polo G and while I've liked every song I've heard by him, I never bothered to listen to a full length project by him. At least until today when I decided to finally do it and this surpassed all my expectations.

The production while not being very dramatic, works very well with Polo G's style. I love the Changes sample on "Wishing for a Hero" with Polo ... read more
davyd
50
Great contender for worst cover of the year
kevtho
49
Wow there are very polarizing opinions on this album. Reviewers here hate this thing while Fantano literally said this guy has potential to drop one of the best rap albums of the decade behind better production and narrative focus. I guess you could say I "Don't Believe The Hype".

The production is painfully generic; I wouldn't say they're milking 808s like other trap projects, but the piano samples sound the same on every track. The actual beats themselves bring nothing to the ... read more
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Track List

  1. Don't Believe The Hype
  2. Heartless (feat. Mustard)
  3. Martin & Gina
  4. Flex (feat. Juice WRLD)
  5. Go Stupid (feat. Mike WiLL Made-It)
  6. 21
  7. 33
  8. I Know
  9. Beautiful Pain (Losin My Mind)
  10. No Matter What
  11. Be Something (feat. Lil Baby)
  12. Relentless
  13. DND
  14. Chinatown
  15. Trials & Tribulations
  16. Wishing For A Hero (feat. BJ the Chicago Kid)
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Added on: May 5, 2020