Recently, Polo G has virtually been one of the only three rappers I have been constantly coming back to. Ever since THE GOAT dropped back in May, I think I’ve been listening to it more as time passes, because I just appreciate all of the attention to detail that went into it as well as the fact that there’s not a single song on there that’s not a hit for one reason or another. Due to my recent fascination with the Chicago staple, I’ve been paying attention to every single verse he spits, whether it’s his own or one for a friend. This led me to Bankrol Hayden, a California rapper whom I wasn’t extremely familiar with prior to hearing his song with Polo “Whatchu On Today”, which came off of his brand-new album Pain is Temporary. I know it’s been a few days, but I’ve been meaning to get to the fact that there’s a new visual to accompany this incredible song as well now, so it’s something you’re definitely going to want to tune into.
As far as the song is concerned, the beat begins with some electric guitar chords from what I can tell prior to tapping hats and claps entering into the picture and eventually leading us into some very lively bass drums. These drums absolutely slap, and they just give such an appealing bounce to the track that elevates it to new heights. As Hayden begins singing, there’s a touch of remorse in his voice that can be due to the remembrance of some of the hardships he’s discussing in the song. His tone of voice almost reminds me of a slightly higher-pitched version of Polo’s, and that’s when I knew they were automatically going to pair so well together.
As his verse progresses, some of Hayden’s bars are spit so quickly that they’re somewhat hard to interpret, but the actual flow of them is so intriguing and they drew me in and piqued my interest immediately. When Polo starts out his verse, he opts for a slowed delivery that emphasizes some of the words he’s speaking but eventually switches to a bit quicker and more melodious cadence that combines with his counterpart’s style seamlessly. Despite the fact that they both grew up in totally different parts of the country, the themes they speak of in their lyrics seem to connect and relate to one another. Some of these narratives include crimes they’ve committed in their past lives, their friends that they’ve lost to jail or murder, and how they’re always going to be loyal to their crews because they know their crews are there for them in the blink of an eye.
The visual opens up outside at night as the two talents stand in front of a couple of cars. The scene is lit up by ambient red lights as smoke fills the air and the two rappers vibe out to the track as it unfolds. A similar scene takes place during the day as well, but this time Hayden’s with his gang that he talks about in the song as they stand around or sit inside even more luxurious vehicles, dancing and counting stacks of money. There are quite a few random animations, some more obvious than others, but all of them add appealing elements to the visual that brings it to new levels. Some of these animations include money falling from the sky, guns floating in the background, bullet holes shattering the lens, cutouts of the rappers floating around the screen, and even some X-ray shots that show off the rappers as skeletons for brief moments.
After hearing this track, I’m going to immediately go and check out the rest of Bankrol Hayden’s album Pain is Temporary. He clearly has an abundance of skills that make him stand out from the rest of the industry, and the fact that he can masterfully combine singing and rapping in their true forms and not use too many vocal effects to aid him and his skills really opened my eyes. I can’t believe it took me so long to notice his talents and tune in, but I guess it’s better late than never. As for Polo Capalot, he killed his verse per usual, and that’s obviously something I wasn’t even slightly surprised to find out. This visual was cool and had some really interesting aspects, but I was more so intrigued by the song than the video to be completely transparent. Either way, you need to tune into “Whatchu On Today” as soon as possible because Bankrol Hayden and Polo G on a track together is a spectacle that you definitely don’t want to miss out on.