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The Migos Bring a Solid Yet Sometimes Predictable Sound with “Culture II”


Rap trio The Migos’ much awaited third LP “Culture II just dropped this past weekend. Quavo, (a.k.a Huncho) the flashy leader of the group first raised eyebrows this time last year when he promoted the upcoming project on social media. The 24 track disc features guest appearances by  Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Cardi B, Drake, Travis Scott, Ty Dolla Sign, Post Malone and Nicki Minaj. With popular singles like Motorsport and Ice Tray already in heavy rotation, the album is filled with the Migos’ sound their fans have come to love. However, the trio also shows an impressive progression and versatility we haven’t seen yet. Executive produced by Quavo, the entire album has solid production throughout, with contributions from Metro Boomin, Honorable C Note, Buddah Bless, 808 Gods, Pharrell, Cassius Jay, Kanye West, and DJ Durel.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone Magazine the fellas shared their thoughts on the album stating:

“Culture 2 is a masterpiece man…We setting a trend…Ain’t nobody right now who can say they ain’t took our flow. We ain’t tripping, we never did trip. Hip-hop has changed in a big way, We changed it.”

The trio stays true to their heavy hitting trap like flows on tracks like the celebrated “Supastars” and the jazzy “Notice Me” with Post Malone.Other standouts on the LP include the excellently produced “Crown The Kings”, on which the production overshadows the actual rapping; “Beast” where they trade verses about their perfect ride or die chick; and “Too Playa,” which may be the jewel of the album. The pace slows down a bit with the laid back saxophone laced track, where Quavo boastfully raps “Y’all niggas talk to hard, we toooo playa.” Elsewhere they switch up from the typical bass booming like vibe on “Gang Gang,” with the Migos showcasing a lighter sing-song flow that is just as infectious.

However, tracks like “Flooded,” “Bentley,” and “Too Much Jewelry” all lack originality and sound like something we’ve heard before. (Except for the superb verse by Takeoff on Bentley). The track “White Sand” even though flanked with Hip-Hop heavy hitters Big Sean, Travis Scott and Ty Dolla Sign, is average at best.

All in all, Culture II is solid. The production is outstanding across the board, and the group shows much improvement artistically and individually. (Huncho could make a lot of money off of his producing skills as well). But, under 20 tracks would have sufficed just fine.

Projected to debut at #1 on the Billboard 100 this week (which will make it a 2nd time feat for the group) one thing is for certain: the Migos have arrived. Seemingly on top of the Rap world at the moment. Is it in fact time we “Crown The Kings”?

Stay tuned! We will see.

 

-DeShonna Watson

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