Arrad says the scene with Polo’s son was the most difficult to shoot, but “it definitely paid off.” Besides that, though, he will remember the “Rapstar” video for how easily it was executed. “Honestly, this was probably the smoothest shoot I’ve ever had in my career,” he says. “We wrapped early both days. Working with him was so easy. He was timely, professional, and he did whatever it would take to get the shot. That really stands out, because I work with a lot of difficult artists who are often late and filled with drama. But with him, it was like, ‘Let’s do whatever it takes. I just want the best video possible.’”
When “Rapstar” arrived on April 8, it was an instant success. The single earned the second-best debut week of the year on streaming, behind only Olivia Rodrigo (and beating Drake).
Stacia Mac credits her son’s honest songwriting as the reason “Rapstar” is resonating with fans so much. “He’s being transparent,” she says. “He’s being vulnerable. You see all the glitz and the glamor, but behind it all, he’s still such a humble being. He’s so relatable because he doesn’t put on a facade that he’s not a normal everyday human being. Some people think that you reach a certain level and you’re not affected by what other people are affected by every day. But you are. There are times that he is insecure about things that he second guesses himself on, but he keeps on moving. He faces that adversity and turns it into strategy and triumph. Because he can say those things out loud, it encourages others, and I think that relatability is what makes fans connect with him so much.”
Right now, those in Polo G’s inner circle are allowing themselves a moment to appreciate the milestone. “My daughter was talking to Siri and she’s like, ‘What’s the No. 1 song in the world?’” Stacia Mac says with a laugh. “And they started playing ‘Rapstar.’ This is everything that he worked for, and nothing was given to him. He stayed true to who he was, to his craft, and he was intentional about everything that he did. Now he’s seeing the fruits of it.”
For Synco, who had been making a name for himself in California over the past few years collaborating with artists like Blueface, SOB x RBE, and Shoreline Mafia, it’s an opportunity to level up and show his range.
“It’s still unreal,” he admits. “I think this song already has streamed better than the rest of my entire catalog on its own. I wasn’t really too involved with industry stuff before and now that’s starting to come around. I’m just trying to make the right moves and show people what else I can do, because I feel like I haven’t gotten to show people what I can really do yet. Even though this record is going No. 1 and all that, I feel like there’s much more for me to do.”