Original Okie: Johnny Polygon

by Michael Cooper


It’s been an assiduous two years for Tulsa native Johnny Polygon. After making a name for himself in the local rap scene, Johnny moved to Los Angeles to take the next leap in his career. In 2008, he found himself under the radar of James D’Agostino, better known as DJ Green Lantern, who quickly signed him to his label Future Green Entertainment. His career-climbing accomplishments since that day have included landing music appearances on BET, MTV2, HBO’s “How to Make it in America” series as well as collaborations with notable artists in the rap world like Nas, Kid Cudi and many others.

Johnny takes a strong stance on staying independent. By taking such a position, Johnny is one of the pioneers bent on putting the music industry back into the hands of musicians. Friend him on Facebook and you’ll see he never censors his thoughts and his language. In person, though, Johnny is simply a guy with a larger-than-life sense of humor, and just enough ego to keep him edgy and interesting.

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Note: This article was originally published January 18, 2011