Review: ATL’s Migos return with ‘Culture’

You can’t dominate without your third amigo, and Migos learned that.

Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff are one of the most talented rap acts out there today, but they had a mission after their debut album YRN: Yung Rich Nation flopped in the eyes of many of their fans. Offset was in jail for a weapons charge, and Takeoff and Quavo were left to carry the load.

Offset eventually got out of jail and Migos got right to work. Migos are the hottest act in Atlanta at the moment, and they soon became the hottest act in America with the track “Bad and Boujee.” That song shot them from famous trap rappers, to international superstars.

They went from Africa, to Jimmy Kimmel and through all of the success the three of them haven’t changed at all.

Culture was a big moment for Migos, they needed to make a cohesive album, and for the most part, they did.

Culture starts off with DJ Khaled, a fitting choice since the DJ/rapper has become a phenomenon in music and social media recently. Migos were in classic form on this opening track. The song was short and to the point with a message for fans: we’re here and we’re here to stay.

“T-Shirt” is the hottest video I have seen in a long time, it puts Migos in the wilderness and has them hunting as warriors. But as a trio, the track shows them in their prime form again, they all play off one another. Migos are at their best when they just have fun, and that is just what they did on this track.

“Call Casting” was another dope track, but Quavo stole the show. He has such a way with words and a choppy flow that is infectious. Even when he says lines like, “White boys in the game (white)/Call ’em Andy Milonakis (yeah),” Quavo is compelling.

“Bad and Boujee” obviously blown up worldwide … the song got Migos on late night talk shows and radios all over America. This has become their biggest hit since “Pipe It Up” in my opinion. The only downside to this song is Lil Uzi Vert, he has zero talent and struggles over most beats.

“Slippery” is the standout on this entire album. The song starts out with Quavo saying, “Hey, hey, hey tater tot,” a lyric you’d think would make you stop listening, but this lyric is the launching off point.

Quavo, Takeoff and Offset all destroy their verses in their own unique way. Offset is the most polished rapper of the group and Takeoff has the best voice. Quavo has the most star potential and it shows … he was on everyone’s track in 2016.

The real winner of “Slippery,” however, was Gucci Mane. Since the moment he got out of prison everything he touches turns to gold. He comes through “Slippery” with a catchy verse. Wop is the Trap God and that’ll never change.

From this point things take a slight downward spiral.

“Big on Big,” “What the Price,” “Brown Paper Bag,” “All Ass” and “Kelly Price” all show the flaws Migos still have.

When they slow things down, most of the time it gets very dull and forgetful.

Like I’ve said, Migos are at their best when they just have fun and don’t care. These songs are all just boring.

“Deadz” is one of the last standouts from this album, but not for Migos, for 2 Chainz.

2 Chainz has a habit of killing every guest feature he is on, and this one is no exception. Chainz lets you know a few things on his feature, “Do everything but cuddle” and “Might buy a bowling alley, I got money out the gutter.”

2 Chainz is braggadocios but his flow and delivery make it all great.

Culture was a steady improvement over their debut album, but they still have work to do. They need to return to just having fun and not worrying about radio.

Quavo, Takeoff, and Offset all have come a long way since YRN, their first mixtape. This album has a few sparse songs that may stand the test of time.

7/10.

 

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