Johnny Polygon (John Armour) is a hip hop artist based in Los Angeles. He has worked with the likes of Nas, Kid Cudi, Amanda Diva, Dead Prez and Yelawolf.
Raised in Tulsa, Polygon was inspired after watching a rap battle at Cain’s Ballroom. After entering (and winning) a subsequent contest, he was asked to record an album by DJ Shabazz.
Polygon later dropped out of high school and headed to Los Angeles, selling copies of his 2004 album, Leggo My Eggo, on Hollywood Boulevard. He soon met Nathan Morse, who shot a music video for Polygon’s song “Bag”. The video was entered into an online contest, where judge DJ Green Lantern became interested and signed him to his label, Invasion Music Group.
Moving to New York, Polygon recorded “Price on Your Head”, which landed on the 2008 Grand Theft Auto 4 video game. Later that year, Polygon was featured on Nas’ 2008 untitled album, singing the chorus for the song “Black President”. In 2009, Polygon would make his national television debut performing the song with Nas on BET’s Inaugural Address.
Later in 2009, Polygon released his EP Group Hug and made an appearance on the Dead Prez mixtape Pulse of the People: Turn Off the Radio Vol. 3 on the track “NYDP”, also featured in the 2010 film Brooklyn’s Finest. In late 2009, Polygon made a cameo appearance in Kid Cudi’s “Pursuit of Happiness” music video, alongside Drake and Consequence.
In February 2010, Polygon released the mixtape Rebel Without Applause, featuring guest appearances from Kid Cudi, Amanda Diva and fellow Oklahoman Gabe Royal. His song “The Riot Song” was featured on HBO’s 2010 series ‘How to Make it in America’. The music video for “The Riot Song” premiered on MTV2’s ‘Subterranean’ in July 2010 and was added to VH1 Soul and mtvU, eventually peaking at #8 on MTV’s Top 100.
In November 2010, Polygon released a 30-track mixtape, titled Catch Up. The mixtape is a compilation of songs from his career up to 2010, as well as remixes, collaborations with other artists, and unreleased tracks. The mixtape acted as an appetizer to his December 2010 EP, Wolf in Cheap Clothing.
In an April 2011 interview with This Land Press, Polygon revealed that he turned down a record deal early in his career from a San Francisco-based label that asked him to move himself to the Bay Area and claim it as his hometown.
“It’s the hip-hop thing that’s built in me that’s just automatically like, ‘Scream out where you’re from.’ Ya know what I mean? The most successful artists are the people who are telling their own story. People who are just honestly speaking what they feel, where they’re from and who they are. So yeah, on some hip-hop shit I’m just like ‘Yeah! Tulsa, yeah! What about it?!'”
In February 2012, Polygon signed a deal with Bananabeat Records (Cisco Adler, Shwayze, Mickey Avalon), but that deal was nixed in September 2012, when Polygon announced via Twitter that he was no longer affiliated with the label. The music video for his song “My Shit >” was released that same month.
In February 2013, Polygon released a 12-track album, The Nothing, featuring collaborations with Picnic Tyme, Daygee Kwia, ACDMY and Mateo.