"CULTURE" Album Review
Migos is making their presence known in the music world again. The release of their album “CULTURE” showed that the group was back from hiatus and here to stay.
Migos first blew up on the rap scene in 2013. The release of “Versace” had caught the attention of Drake, and Drake hopped on the track to make a remix. The remix only helped the trio gain more traction and soon enough, Migos rose to stardom.
“CULTURE” is their second studio album release, the first one being “Yung Rich Nation” which was released in 2015. Migos had made a large improvement from their previous album, which only sold 14,000 copies in the first week of release. This time, Migos sold 44,000 copies and hit number one on the Billboard 200.
After a short hiatus, the group released “Bad and Boujee” in October of 2016, the first single off of “CULTURE.” The song gained popularity in late December and early January, shooting Migos into superstardom.
The surge of popularity came from Twitter memes and fellow artist Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino), who had given a shout out to Migos while accepting his 2017 Golden Globe Award.
“I really want to thank the Migos, not for being in the show but for making ‘Bad and Boujee.’ Like that’s the best song ever,” Glover said. After the shout out from Glover, the song’s stream rate shot up by 234%. The song quickly hit the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100.
“CULTURE” was released on January 27, 2017. The album consists of 13 songs, and has a few different artists featured in songs.
The first song on the tracklist, “Culture,” features DJ Khaled - he does his usual spiel whenever he is featured on a song. The song talks about Migos’ wealth and spending habits.
“Bad and Boujee” discusses making money and spending time with women that have expensive taste. Lil Uzi Vert is featured on this song, adding his ad libs that he is famously known for.
“Slippery” features rapper Gucci Mane, talking about drugs, jewelry, and the aunts and uncles of Quavo.
“Big on Big” touches on the subject of popularity. The song talks about how the group has gotten big and will keep getting bigger, covering the major success they encountered over the years.
“What the Price” is a song that has a double entendre, offering two different interpretations. The song can be seen as an anthem about selling drugs, or surpassing the paths that society has given us.
“Deadz” is a glorified anthem about counting money. The song features 2Chainz, who has a unique verse.
“Kelly Price” is a track giving a peek into the materialistic lifestyles that they lead. Travis Scott is featured in this song.
“Out Yo Way” is as close to a romantic song as possible from Migos. It talks about how they want to give back and repay the women that stayed with them through thick and thin. It is also the final song in the album.
The album is very diverse, combining R&B ballads with pop-trap. Ad libs dominate each song, and it is possible to feel the chemistry between the three members of Migos. The verses and sound just flow together.
However, the trap album doesn’t talk about much more than drugs, women, and money. Then again, Migos isn’t known for addressing heavy topics in their songs. Although, it would be nice to have a serious song from Migos for once.
Overall, “CULTURE” is a very fun and groovy trap album. This is the best work seen from Migos in years.
Photo Credit: HipHopDX
The album artwork for the album “Culture.”