By Braxton Randolph
Let me begin by clearing up some rumors that have been surrounding Migos for some time now. There has been a lot of speculation, but I am here to tell you that yes, they ARE in fact the greatest musical group since your father’s Beatles graced stages back in the day. Migos has been a force since their first single, “Versace,” which got its due recognition when Drake got on the remix back in 2013. A lot of people believed they would be done after that. They were called one hit wonders, people! Now here we are in 2017, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a hip hop song that doesn’t incorporate some variation of the flows and ad-libs (MOMMA) Migos are widely credited with originating. It’s more than fair to say Migos IS the culture.
Coming off their latest single, “Bad and Boujee,” – which is currently sitting at #1 on Billboard’s Top 100 songs – Quavo, Takeoff, and Offset, otherwise known as Migos, have finally delivered on their long-anticipated album, called Culture. From the intro track on the album, which features a talking DJ Khaled (a trend that maybe should’ve died in 2016), to the last track, which features the trio experimenting with R&B vibes, this album will ascend you to trap heaven (otherwise known as Gangster’s Paradise).
Usually regarded as the third wheel of the group, Takeoff exhibits why you should definitely not sleep on him. Take “T-Shirt” and “Slippery” for example. “T-Shirt” is an interesting scenario in itself, being that it’s the second single from the album, and that Takeoff is given the reigns after being left out of the first single, “Bad and Boujee” (a type of unselfishness and camaraderie that should not be overlooked.) Back to the topic at hand, Takeoff showcases he can carry the load as well as play a meaningful supporting role. “T-Shirt” is a good example of how he can set the tone for a song, as he is responsible for the verse with the most bars, and the second half of the hook. “Slippery” is an example of the latter, as he doesn’t appear until the last verse, but it’s still the better of the all the verses on the song.
If you’re in a nightclub at any point this year, there’s no telling which song you might hear from Culture. “Bad and Boujee” has already dominated the scene for the past couple of months, so it’s only right to expect more of the same from the Migos with this new album when you head out. “T Shirt” will most likely be the song to get the most spins. However, for the dreamers, I will lobby for “Brown Paper Bag.” This collaboration with super-producer Zaytoven is one of the best songs that no one is talking about yet. Fans of Zaytoven’s notorious bass drops and piano keys will definitely gravitate toward this. Whatever your trap desires are, Migos will be sure to fulfill them with this energy-packed album.