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1. Alias for Bernard Gavilan.

2. Polyester the Saint: the producer, rapper, singer and multi-instrumentalist was the driving force behind 2009’s Curly Tops & Nautica Jackets, a scene-capturing, L.A.-artists-only mixtape that featured Pac Div, U-N-I, Blu and Dom Kennedy, among others. The idea proved to be a prescient one, as Pac Div, U-N-I and Dom Kennedy have all built a major buzz since then, with Poly’s help. Poly and Dom Kennedy have worked particularly close together since then, with Poly contributing beats to Kennedy’s Future Street/Drug Sounds and From the Westside with Love mixtapes, and Poly has also helped to launch the career of Marz Lovejoy by producing her debut EP (This Little Light Of Mine). “People are like, ‘How did you know that they were going to be this,’ or, ‘How did you know Dom was going to be what he is today?’” Poly says. “It wasn’t that I knew that but that’s what the plan was. That’s what I went in to do, to make some noise. And we’re making noise right now.”

Now Polyester, who’s also produced for Too Short and E-40 and collaborates regularly with electro-soul duo J*DaVeY and Sa-Ra’s Taz Arnold, is stepping out with his own solo album, Peace Love Unity Respect, dropping on 12/7/10. Far from traditional hip-hop, his eclectic, leftfield sound borrows equally from jazz and funk—think Andre 3000’s The Love Below, if it came from the West Coast in 2010. A drummer since the age of 5, his plan initially was to become a touring musician.


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