Verse: 1

As a whole, “Bloody Canvas” is a very vulnerable song that recalls a traumatic incident in which a friend of Polo G’s was murdered. The first verse reflects on his upbringing on the North Side of Chicago and the events that led up to the fatal shooting. “Seein’ Jacob on the floor, that was some shit they couldn’t believe/ His eyes rolling back, his auntie trying to tell him, ‘Breathe’” Polo recalls midway through the song. It’s a tragic subject matter, but Polo G’s transparency and storytelling abilities make it the most powerful moment on his new album Hall of Fame. —Jessica McKinney