In hip-hop, groups of rappers have always been the epitome of cohesive talent. Since rap’s debut, groups like Sugarhill Gang and Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five were the set standard for a “rap group”, however, as the years progressed the groups saw a variety of changes. Groups like Wu-Tang Clan featured a plethora of members while Outkast was simply a duo. The true demonstration of talent were the groups who featured just three members, these trios were essential to today’s sound and play a huge part in the evolution of music in general. Groups such a De La Soul, Fugees, Run-D.M.C., Beastie Boys, and Salt-N-Pepa proved that trios were some of the most essential manifestations of talent.
Fast forward to 2009 when three family members created one the most notable groups of all time, the Migos. 2009-2012 saw the trio release an assortment of mixtapes and projects but it wasn’t until 2013 when “Versace” was released and thus the Migos started their movement to take over the industry. The use of the triplet flow proved to be insurmountable as it became a staple for the group and was the reason for many rappers to become famous around this time.
As 2018 unfolds, we’ve recently seen the Migos release their third album Culture II a few days ago; however, can the Migos stay relevant in a world where their flow and style has been used by many? Simply put, yes, but with exceptions. Culture II is a mixed album that runs very long and sometimes provides very little on some tracks. The songs that do work on Culture II were unbelievable upon my first few listens. Songs like “Top Down on Da NAWF”, “White Sand”, and “Walk It Talk It” simply cannot be outdone, and deserve their recognition for the production and lyrics.
The majority of Culture II can be considered “filler” to a degree, yet most of the songs just work. The verses from Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff detail a very luxurious lifestyle filled with ups and downs, this is where the album succeeds. In a world where emotional rap tends to hit the hardest, it’s favorable to have rappers who exclusively rap about their lifestyle and not necessarily their lives. With very few skippable songs, Culture II is a good album with minimal issues outside of the song “Flooded” which has the worst chorus on the album.
With the success and hard work put in by the Migos, they can undoubtedly stay relevant, but they must step it up in the future to continue to stay in the light. Looking ahead, the Migos need to be ahead of the curve and attempt to revolutionize another sound and step outside of their boundaries. With Without Warning showing the power and utility of Offset, and Huncho Jack displaying Quavo’s strengths as being the chorus, the Migos can do better. With Takeoff being a very undersold yet immensely viable character, it is essential to create each song with the trio’s talents in mind. The Migos are absolutely one of the best trios of all time but with more precision and focus, they can eventually earn the title of being the best trio of all time.
Best Songs: Top Down on Da Nawf, White Sand, Walk It Talk It, Too Much Jewelry, Narcos, and Too Playa.