Migos – Culture
Written by Cody Upchurch // Twitter @Codyup21
Migos have been dropping heat since 2013 with their breakout single “Versace.” The influence they’ve had on Rap, particularly the South, is undeniable. With their rapid-fire flow and chemistry inspired by that of Three 6 Mafia, it’s easy to see their fingerprints on many of the new-age “trap rappers” that are popping up left and right. The trio has had a tremendous impact on the current state of Hip-Hop, and as the album title suggests, they are demanding the recognition they deserve for their contributions to Rap culture.
Quavo, Takeoff, and Offset all play an integral role in the success of Migos. Quavo’s melodic and catchy hooks are some of the best in the game, Takeoff’s technical and precise flow is admirable, to say the least, and Offset’s versatility on every track all culminate into the Atlanta supergroup that is Migos.
Culture in particular perfectly showcases all of these strengths to form the most concise and polished project the trio has yet to release. From the booming trap-influenced production to the high energy delivery from all three members, Culture finds Migos in their purest form to date.
This album executes on all fronts, with a compact length of thirteen songs, the album never overstays its welcome and delivers southern flavored bangers from front to back. The lead single “Bad and Boujee” is easily one of the most popular songs so far this year. After becoming somewhat of an online meme, and receiving a shoutout from none other than Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) at the Golden Globes, the song skyrocketed Migos to the top of the charts where they snagged the number one spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 list. This feat is a true testament to the popularity Migos has acquired over recent years and the positive reception the group has received from the mass public.
The features also bring the heat, with memorable verses from Lil Uzi Vert, Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz, and Travis Scott. 2 Chainz’s contributions on “Deadz” in particular are some of the best I’ve heard from him in a while, solidifying his verse as one of the best on the album. Each of the features are expertly incorporated into each track, and Migos do an excellent job of playing to each of their strengths without ever compromising their own sound.
Some personal standouts from the album include “T-Shirt,” “Get Right Witcha,” “Slippery,” and “Brown Paper Bag.” “T-Shirt” is such a well-crafted trap anthem that upon entering your brain, grabs ahold of your head and forces it to nod to the rhythm.
That’s the beauty of this album, though. Migos are able to create songs that are as equally catchy as they are hard-hitting and aggressive. Now that Culture has proven that the group can deliver a focused and well-executed studio album, the sky is the limit.