Migos
Culture


3.5
great

Review

by Jordan M. STAFF
February 2nd, 2017 | 60 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Do it for the culture.

Culture could easily have been a vacuous title for just another Migos album, and "Bad & Boujee" could have easily been its nondescript lead-off single. On initial inspection, neither are particularly impressive, and gleaning why they are so successful would produce little in the way of a prescriptive method. Truthfully, "Bad & Boujee" isn't especially remarkable: a run-of-the-mill Offset hook and verse, an above-the-fray Quavo verse, and a bad Lil Uzi Vert feature. And if you listen to it only once, it's the sort of song that will slip right out of your ears and into the dustbin marked 'trap leftovers' (see: Yung Rich Nation, anything emphasizing the presence of Offset.) But, true to Childish Gambino's formulated controversy of comparing Migos to The Beatles, "Bad & Boujee" lives and dies by its simplicity. In all, it isn't much more than a trap song. But as one listen balloons into four, what was once just a Offset hook becomes a wholly memorable meme; another Quavo verse becomes another great Quavo verse; shitty Lil Uzi lines become ecstatic yips and yahs. As a lead-off to Culture, "Bad & Boujee" represents the source material well: Migos' uncompromisingly basic approach to songwriting becomes their greatest strength.

Of course, part of The Beatles comparison comes from the dynamic between the members and how they play off of each other: just as important is the way in which Quavo's triplet flow bounces of off Offset's cool and collected intimations and Takeoff's mumbled missives. So it's no surprise that "Kelly Price," where Travi$ Scott doesn't really lend any assist, and "Slippery," where Gucci Mane recedes into his by-numbers prison days, are the album's definitive lows. Part of the ongoing issue with retail rap records in the modern era is the overabundance of features compounded by the tryingly boring barrage of stock trap beats. Migos, who consolidate around three members with some dynamic, buck the trend. As a fully-fledged album, Culture succeeds when it's just the three core Migos hyping off of each other's lines, as in slow-burning "What The Price" or obvious hit-in-the-making "Brown Paper Bag." Obviously, more than anything, this is a trap album, and its just as susceptible to failings as any other album of its kind. Culture however is likely the closest the genre has come to consolidating a standout, for-sale, not-a-mixtape album.



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TheMrAlexK
February 2nd 2017


10849 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

"a run-of-the-mill Takeoff hook and verse,"



"what was once just a Takeoff hook becomes a wholly memorable meme"



Should be Offset instead of Takeoff, great review otherwise

Mort.
Contributing Reviewer
February 2nd 2017


14239 Comments


solid review man

dont think ill be checking this out tho

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StarlessCore
February 2nd 2017


5958 Comments


bitch im a dog

ROOF

ShitsofRain
February 2nd 2017


8119 Comments


Geekin' out, she geekin' out, she geekin' on the dough

Trebor.
Staff Reviewer
February 2nd 2017


56529 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

This is pretty much like Lil B but not as good

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pjorn
February 2nd 2017


4374 Comments


I'd say most hip hop isn't as good as Lil B tbh

DamnVanne
February 2nd 2017


3021 Comments


I can pour out a box of Cheerios and read god's will

pjorn
February 2nd 2017


4374 Comments


"bitch shake your ass on my dick woo woo swag" - Lil B
- Migos

Spacesh1p
February 2nd 2017


7669 Comments


If you 1'd this I will probably skip.

Presence
February 2nd 2017


92 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Stated above but uh, Takeoff didn't even touch this song man.

RadicalEd
February 3rd 2017


9484 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

Is this what the kids listen to these days?

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Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
February 3rd 2017


18588 Comments


review is missing

"Four things are always consistent in the culture of rap; and that is money, flamboyant parties, women in a extremely suggestive fashion, and drugs. The thing pitting the regions of American rap culture apart is their taste for drugs. With the West Coast smoking marijuana and the East Coast cooking heroin, the South is the beaming capital in crack cocaine and its presence shadows itself around "CULTURE""

RadicalEd
February 3rd 2017


9484 Comments

Album Rating: 1.5

sach with his typical toxic shitposts that will inevitably result in his 250th ban from the site, but we still love you don't worry. Thx for the memories bae.

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
February 3rd 2017


18588 Comments


but is migos eternal?


don't think so sachiel

hal1ax
February 3rd 2017


13498 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

offset got some g cred but quavo and the other guy are lames

hal1ax
February 3rd 2017


13498 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

he did almost a year in an Atlanta prison and didn't get murked. which mean he aint a pussy

hal1ax
February 3rd 2017


13498 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

but ya not tryin to say he's a true thug nigga, just saying he's not quite as bitch-tier as the other two

Gameofmetal
Staff Reviewer
February 3rd 2017


10552 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

sach-core

Frippertronics
Staff Reviewer
February 3rd 2017


18588 Comments


This is the antithesis of sach-core, fool

DamnVanne
February 3rd 2017


3021 Comments


The slack-jawed rich Anglo little puke who works for me won't stop talking about these clowns. It's like he knows no culture outside of trap music and twitter beefs. I'm gonna fire him and I would fire these fags too



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