Published on March 9th, 2018 | by voxx0
Migos – Culture II
The platinum-selling rappers deliver an epic sequel to their 2017 blockbuster…
Initially viewed as a quirky addition to the Southern rap canon, over the past 12 months this trio from suburban Lawrenceville, Georgia, have found themselves elevated to hip-hop royalty. Their second album Culture topped the US charts, the relationship between founder member Offset and New York rapper Cardi B went viral and actor Donald Glover was even moved to proclaim them “The Beatles of this generation” at last year’s Golden Globes.
Such claims don’t appear to have weighed down Offset, his cousin Quavo and the latter’s nephew Takeoff. The trio formed Migos in 2009, retooling the distinctive “triplet flow” pioneered by ’90s rappers such as Three 6 Mafia and serving up mixtapes which gleefully exalted haute couture, recreational drugs and supercars. Unsurprisingly, they’ve embraced superstardom with gusto and Culture’s follow-up is suitably monumental in scale, its 24 tracks anchored by a pumped-up variant of the trap sound which has ruled Southern hip-hop for the past decade.
As with Migos themselves, there’s plenty of bling on display. ‘Narcos’ is embellished with fluttery Latin guitar, ‘Too Much Jewelry’ glimmers with Daft Punk-like vocoders and ‘Emoji A Chain’ offers up surreal diamonds-as-McFlurrys imagery. At times, their gangsta talk comes cheap, not least on the wearisome ‘BBO’ (Bad Bitches Only), but the overriding mood is one of infectious exuberance, especially on funk-laced Pharrell number ‘Stir Fry’.
Prior to release, the group claimed the album would be a statement on hip-hop culture itself. A grand vision is hard to discern, but when it comes to bringing the party, Culture II delivers with a scale and swagger that’s hard to resist.
- By Jake White