Album Review: Migos “Culture”

Migos came out with their second studio album this year on January 27. The 13 song album, titled “Culture”, has already drawn people’s attention. The album draws attention even before listening to it, with impressive features from DJ Kahlid, Lil Uzi and Travis Scott. The album’s hype, larger than life sound and well known use of onomatopoeia in titles, “skrr skrr” and “Drip drip”, kicks off the year with the exciting sound of modern Hip Hop music.

The intro begins with an up-beat introduction of the group featuring DJ Kahlid.  Like their appearance, their introduction is done with an amusing, boastful attitude. Verses describing the money, the trips and the cars fill the track and almost act like their flashy entrance.

The second song, “T Shirt” is a song that hangs its hat on a catchy beat. While its verses are free floating, the chorus “Momma told me, not to sell work. Seventeen five, same color T-shirt.” Draws the listener back in. Reflecting the larger ‘style’ of the album, it kicks off the theme of what makes up culture in this generation.

The third song, “Call Casting”, is a flow of versus, it’s amusing to hear each word constructed in precise time. The next song, “Bad and Boujee” features Lil Uzi Vert and has already garnering a wide range of listeners, including many outside of Migos’s fan base. It secured its spot at No.1 on the Hot 100 this past week. A great accomplishment for the group, its catchy versus and easy to follow rhymes work up the crowd in any room and set pace through a playlist.

You can hear the calming slide in the sound as we get towards the middle of the album. The songs, “Get Right Witcha”, Slippery” featuring Gucci Mane and “Big on Big” carry through to the part of the album, each act as sort of a break within a party. This sequence keeps the listeners on their intellectual feet, following the larger narrative in the album.

The rest of the album focuses on songs expanding their look into the culture of their generation. The theme is expressed through their catchy lyrics about style, a series of cars, money, fame and love. The twelfth song, “Kelly Price” featuring Travis Scott, brings the album towards the ending. Another favorite, it’s a summary of their new life.

The last song, “Out Yo Way” is about realizing their success and fame. What a blessing it is, where they see themselves, and where they are going.

For a second album, this was an impressive one and successful in itself. “Nobody thought that we would go up, But we blew up.” Their signature ‘hype’ sound concluded the album exceptionally, and marks one of the best sophomore LP’s in years.

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