The Makings Of Major Work Volume 2: Freedom Of Speech Part 2 “Practice”

The Makings Of Major Work Volume 2: Freedom Of Speech, a 10 part series including the pre and post thoughts, plus the breakdown of every track. Direct words from Polo Champ himself:


Part 2: Practice

Practice is actually the last song I recorded for the EP and ironically it’s the intro.  Sonically I don’t think it matches the rest of the EP, so the next one I’m shooting for a full sonically cohesive album, but it was so dope I had to include it. Shout out to my man Tee Spoon Kaboom who laced me with the beat. We were working on a price for me to pay for it and when he heard the lyrics I put to it, he said you got it for free dawg, just make sure it gets heard. At that point, I felt it was something magical. In the past I’ve drifted from being too clever and not connecting with the audience, to being too direct and not coming across as a lyricist. But with Practice and this EP, I really feel like I’m discovering the balance between being lyrical and putting things in that require multiple listens to decipher, and being approachable to the casual listener who’s not trying to really get that deep into a song lyrically. The whole song is me wrestling with the idea of going hard, but the game for a player of my skill is only practice these days.

Here are the lyrics to the song:

They say Polo why you playing hard?/it’s only practice/ but the fact is/ I’m gone attack this/ message to my future bracket/ treat you all like a 16/ you my seeds, take heed to this 16/ win my region/ I be the reason/ my whole legion can stay bringing doom/ Mean Mark Callous (Undertaker) it’s time to start on another tomb/ I’m in the building, but you just may have to build another room/ for my ego/ I paint shit iller than a Vigo/ GB2/ spirits cop tickets to see me too/ God Body, understanding 3rd eye, will see me through/ it’s time to eat, I don’t want a table, I prefer a booth/ here’s the truth/ you a steak locked in with a Saber tooth/ yo chain remain/ after slain/ cause I like to give’em proof/ when they finish that new room, tell’em raise the fuckin roof/ cause I’m growing getting taller/ steppin on you crawlers/ crabs in a bucket/ I ain’t seen since I said fuck it/ if you aiming at my neck, and expect for me to duck it/ I become degenerate, tell yo main line to suck it/ that’s enough reference, to the WWE/ cause that’s fake, fuck with me meet WW3/ real nigga/ descendent of some field niggaz/ and the Moors who built Europe, that’s some trill shit nigga/ actually this longer than a fuckin 16/ let Pharrell make you happy, but this fuckin shits mean/ I wonder when Martin wakes, will he see his dream/ but I know what it really takes and that’s by any means!!!

The Makings Of Major Work Volume 2: Freedom of Speech Part 1

The Makings Of Major Work Volume 2: Freedom Of Speech, a 10 part series including the pre and post thoughts, plus the breakdown of every track. Direct words from Polo Champ himself:



Part 1:

Coming into this project I approached it like every other mixtape/EP I dropped before, but I knew I wanted to go the route of all original beats for the first time. My first thought, which is always a loyal one, was to reach out to my brother Greg “Rembrandt” Parsons and my brother from another Sunny Jones. These guys are always working and my timing was off, so out of that I got one track (Word On The Street).  Around that time my other brother from another, Styx, had moved to Las Vegas and patched me in with the homie aLive from Muamin. We had done some shows together in Cleveland and had a good relationship, but I never really sought him out for production. A couple emails later and I literally had an inbox of around 30 beats to pick from. From there the brainstorming started and it would actually take some years for me to piece it all together.

I knew this time around I wanted to speak on things that really stick to the bones of people, things that other rappers don’t know, or they’re too scared to speak on in a way that is unapologetic. I didn’t have a desire to focus on my skills, money, hood fame or even my gear. One of the last conversations I had with my Uncle George before his passing was for me to carry the light. He told me don’t worry about carrying it now or in the near future, but I would know when I was ready. I’ve always read books and had alternative theories and thoughts about life, but in my 20s these things rarely found air time in my music. I was too concerned with the usual trappings at those times and asserting myself in areas I felt were important. It wasn’t until I got married and had children that my world view was altered to the point that I needed to be vocal. We all have to die one day and I began to wonder about my mortality and what I would leave behind to the world and to my children. I asked my Uncle George shortly before his death whether or not he was worried or scared and a smile came to his face. He told me, “don’t worry over the inevitable. I spent my time learning and sharing and I’ve created things that will help me live on forever”. My uncle is a well known Egyptologist, scholar and poet and there was literally nowhere I could go in Cleveland without someone having something great to say about him. Those seeds he planted in me in 2006 and even before that, are the driving force behind the inspiration of MW2.

My other inspiration is my wife and my babies. I hope they can find a sense of pride in the fact that her husband and their father is not scared to use his voice. That material things do not drive him, but he is actually a man of substance. This is just the beginning of what I hope is a new definition of who Polo Champ is. The name will remain for now, it was earned in high school, but I have to grow!!

Major Work Volume 2: Freedom Of Speech now available

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March 24, 2014 saw an epic day in the musical career of Polo Champ. While celebrating his 33rd birthday, he managed to sneak his since critically acclaimed EP “Major Work Vol. 2: Freedom Of Speech” out to the world. Offered for free via this very site for a limited time, the release is now available on almost all of the regular digital formats including (iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, CD Baby, Spotify etc.). Chances are if you consume music digitally through an outlet, you can search Polo Champ and hear the masterpiece he delivered on his born day. Please don’t hesitate to purchase, share, review and comment to help aid the efforts of Polo Champ to help fix hip hop. One love, Peace!!

Polo Champ turns 33 today and drops Major Work Volume 2: Freedom Of Speech unexpectedly at the same time



POLO CHAMP IS BACK!!! With a triumphant return on his born day, Polo Champ has just released Major Work Volume 2: Freedom Of Speech for his fans. Packed with all original production, this EP sees Polo Champ taking a more serious tone throughout as he addresses issues from religion, race and history to name a few. On the intro song “Practice”, he manages to weave so many metaphors throughout, it will take several listens to catch everything. Yep, that’s Polo Champ at his best, approachable music, but a deeper depth if you care dive further. Listen, enjoy and share. Feedback is strongly encouraged as Polo Champ is already working on his next project, refusing to take another long layoff.


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**New Track Alert** “Celebrate” by Polo Champ and Dymondz

Today is double special. Not only do we “celebrate” the release of the homie Jim Viza’s debut EP, we also have a new remix offering from Dymondz and Polo Champ himself. This time around they attacked the Common single and delivered as usual. Even better news is that Polo Champ is currently recording the follow up to the critically acclaimed “Major Work Vol. 1″, with the sequel “Major Work Vol. 2″. However, this time around everything is bigger and better. The offering will be all original beats, a full length recording and available on iTunes for all the die hard fans. Keep checking back for updates and info on this release as we hear it will drop before year end.  Until then, enjoy “Celebrate”, Peace!!





Jim Viza debut EP releases on iTunes The #WonderfulWorld OfJimViza


This past week saw a milestone in the camp. Long time Polo Champ collaborator and close friend, Jim Viza, released his first EP on iTunes entitled #TheWonderfulWorldOfJimViza. The 6 song offering is packed with lyrics, good beats, excellent concepts and catchy hooks. To clarify, these aren’t the catchy hooks that has hip hop purists furious these days, these are the hooks that will stop a good fighter dead in his tracks. For less than a dollar a track, you can get a detailed account of wife Jim Viza’s planet is #Wonderful.

The #Wonderfulworld of Jim Viza cover

“Epic” Review

I’m disappointed in anyone who is reading this that didn’t get the free download on October 6th of the self titled LP “Epic”. Let me be honest and say that Ahptimus Prime and Phenom (the group Epic) are personal homies of mine, but when it comes to hip hop and recommendations that actually works opposite of what most would think. You tend to be more critical and listen a little harder when digesting the work of a peer to make sure you’re not cosigning something less than “Epic” to fellow heads. Well let me be clear when I say, cover to cover, song for song, there was no better title for this collection of masterpieces other than EPIC!!

On the “Intro” you’re welcomed with a cinematic score with enough bars to keep the biggest hip hop lush intoxicated. One of my personal favorites is delivered by Ahp when he spits “they just mad that all they broads ain’t as bad as what we discard”. While somewhat straight forward, you have to admire the approach and delivery in addressing the naysayers. But the highlight has to be the ending of each verse with the reaffirmation line of “it’s Epic, just like we told you it would be”. From the there the album proceeds to be a ride in the life of a “West41stSide” veteran. Hard to find anything wack from this offering and my personal stand out tracks are “Work”, “Wrist Glitta”,  ”Watch Me” and “Rare Form”. On “Rare Form” Phenom’s verse and lead out are the type of things that get you excited that hip hop may just recover from life support.

There are so many highlights involved with this release you might as well just watch the whole game lol. So without any further delay, download the album here and thank those guys for giving out free diamonds. Peace!!


Check Out This Review Of “Major Work Volume 1″

By: Bryan Peckinpaugh
I should start this out by saying this won’t be an unbiased review. One, I grew up with Bryan “Polochamp” Jolly back in Cleveland. More importantly though I love hip hop, specifically the way the music should be portrayed which is intelligent flow with songs that have more purpose than getting played in the club or bragging on the trappings of the thug lifestyle. If you cut your teeth on music like Eric B. and Rakim, Tribe, De La Soul, and others than you might want to put this album on repeat and bang out for an hour.  At just under 20 minutes that will get you three listens at each song which is enough to start digesting the content.
You know right from the first song what Polo is all about. Starting with references to his family, commitment to making music, and bettering himself he lays the major themes for the album. This also is the start of what appears to be nods to his musical influences, coming off like modern version of Slick Rick’s la-di-da-di with a more positive message. This is followed, in Flyy, by what could be viewed as a sequel to Common’s H.E.R. following hip hop past the golden age and into a cliche of itself. In the song he keeps the future open ended and I, for one, hope Polo’s vision of rap is the way we go. The other track that seem to reference other works is Major Work which features Jim Viza paying credit to Polo and performing some of his written verses ala NAS’ “Book of Rhymes”.
Polo accomplishes a lot with the 7 songs on this EP. You get a full historical perspective on his rise in Cleveland, his musical influences (as I’ve mentioned), his current life, and his look into the future. But if you’re not paying attention you might miss it. For example, on my first listen, I got to Ghetto Dreams and got a little pissed hearing a line about Cleveland battle fields being like Sierra Leonne because I thought the album wasn’t going to be hyperbole and glorification of street life. But that’s just the layers of his music, it’s never what it appears on he surface. After going back I realized its really a reference to his upbringings and gifts, material and otherwise, from his family (found out later he was referring to his grandfather specifically). He was linking the challenge of growing up with those gifts and the adversity one faces and the challenge that comes in an impoverished country with a hugely valuable export being exploited and the real dangers of tarnishing those jewels. Once I wrapped my head around that, it changed the way I viewed the whole album.
With all that said, don’t for a minute think Polo doesn’t drop some hot lines, challenges to other MC’s, and shots at the throne. My two favorites are:
“Let me speak to your manager, whoever handles ya, they built ya up, I’m a dismantle ya” – Cannon
“I swear I wanna be like fuck the fame, but it’s who you know, so I must make a name” – Riiiight
My only criticism of this release is that the hooks seem to be almost an after thought and don’t always fit with the songs. I think Polo is at his best on Riiiight where he forgoes the traditional hook and links all the verses together bleeding into the last track. All things considered that is a pretty minor critique for an initial release and one I’m sure Polo will address on future efforts.. I’d highly recommend downloading this EP and keeping an eye out for future Polochamp projects.