Ypsilanti is home to many hidden talents, especially in regards to music as artists similar to Polo Frost are steadily breaking ground in the music industry. Alongside Neisha Neshae, Fowl and King Jazzy, Frost took to the Convocation Center stage Friday, Jan. 18 to open for hip-hop sensation Juice WRLD.
Especially thanking his manager, Frost is nothing but appreciative of the opportunity to join the mainstage at Juice WRLD’s show in his hometown.
“Shoutout to my manager,” Frost said. “He had a lot to do with it. It was a surprise, and it was a great surprise. I’m happy because I love to do big stages and showcase my talent and do it with artists that have already made it to that level.”
Although Juice WRLD’s show was one of the largest campus events of the academic year, Frost is no stranger to performing for large crowds full of young college students.
“My music is more up-to-date,” Frost said. “It’s not like old school. Normally, college students are on the same wave as my music, so I get a way better reaction and a way better feel of the crowd. I reach college students better than I would older crowds. Anywhere starting at college and below is usually a good show for me, but I love them all!”
Frost is a hip-hop artist who is definitely in-tune with hip-hop and youth culture as he is well-known for his viral movement called the #BestEverChallenge, which found millions of people dancing and singing to the upbeat viral track featuring Ayo and Teo.
“I just started making music in 2013, so for me to do what I’ve been blessed to be able to get do in this amount of time takes people 10 to 15 years to do,” Frost said. “I feel like I motivate myself. I don’t get into paying too much attention to others. There are people that I respect in the music industry, but I feel as though I’m my own motivation and I inspire myself. My music is more up to date; it’s not like old school. Normally, college students are on the same wave as my music, so I get a way better reaction and a way better feel of the crowd. I reach college students better than I would older crowds,” he continued.
Among all of the amazing elements that make up Frost, it is interesting to find that the musician is an Ypsilanti native. You can’t help but to feel a sense of pride watching Frost rise in the music industry when you are an Ypsi native yourself or you attend EMU’s campus in the township.
When Frost hits the stage for a performance, you are guaranteed to have a fun time as his music mixed with his stage set is engaging and full of energy. Taking his set to the Convocation Center stage seems to be a major transition, which leads many to wonder how Frost prepared for the show?
“It’s all about rehearsing and making sure your breath is right because you are on a bigger stage than usual, and you are dealing with a bigger crowd,” Frost explained. “Way more people are present, and you can’t get scared when you get up there. You have to come with it.”
Frost connects greatly with some of the students on Eastern’s campus as he is an Ypsilanti native with a passion for music also. Frost makes it clear through his music and reflections that the goal of building a successful career in the music industry is possible for any Ypsi native.
“Don’t give up. Put your all into it. You have to treat it like it’s your life. Like it’s your baby. When you treat it as if you have nothing else, you will go to great places.”
Frost’s performance at Juice WRLD’s show lead fans to be more than excited to get to know more about the hip-hop artist and what he has in store for 2019.
“More big shows, and I’m definitely going to release an EP or an album early this year,” Frost said. “I’m going to keep working and get myself out there more. Chasing the dream. Work, work, work, work, work! You’re going to see my name and see my face all 2019.
Fans that would like to stay up to date with me, I’m on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter @PoloFrost.”
View the full photo gallery from the Juice WRLD concert below: