“I really wanna thank the Migos, not for being in the show, but for making ‘Bad and Boujee, that’s the best song ever.”
That particular quote came from rapper-actor Donald Glover during his Golden Globe acceptance speech in front of 20 million people on national television. The next day ‘Bad And Boujee’ is the number song in the nation and continues to be at the time of this post. And after the album’s release on Friday ‘Culture’ is the number one album in the nation, but does it deserve all the hype.
I find that the title of the album is the most appropriate choice. The Migos and the trap music scene over the past few year has worked it way from sub-genre in Hip-Hop to the forefront of the music industry in general. Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff are for the culture, but they epitomize what the “culture” stands for. The night the album was release social was set on fire and the hype of the album didn’t give most a chance to hear it with unbiased ears.
After a few listens of the album my views changed exponentially from what they were at first listen. The album is full of hits and misses which is what I expected from this album. The Migos aren’t the type of artists that you go into there album thinking you are going to get a lyrical and introspective masterpiece, but that’s not what you should go into this album looking for. This album is full of fun tracks that you throw on when you are trying to get the people moving. Examples of that are the tracks ‘Get Right Witcha’ and ‘Bad and Boujee’ when Migo #3 (Offset) gives you some of his best verses on the album.
It should be well known that Migo #1 (Quavo) is the star of The Migos trio, his voice is lathered on the hooks and can be heard throughout the whole album. His hooks are what keep the album moving forward. But the one problem is that although his hooks and ad-libs are helping him stay in the minds of the listeners like on the tracks ‘Slippery’ and ‘Deadz’, on those tracks he is given way too much time in the spot light ultimately out shined by “The Trap God” Gucci Mane on ‘Slippery’ and by Migo #2 (Takeoff) who by the way has the hardest verse I have heard in 2017 so far on ‘Deadz’. the only problem with ‘Deadz’ is that I have to sit through the 3 minutes of Migo #1 and 2 Chainz just to get 1 full minute of Migo #2 and #3, but is the highlight of the album.
Some of the misses are very evident in the songs ‘All Ass’, ‘Call Casting’, and ‘Brown Paper Bag’ when on these tracks you get the sense that they are meant to be either for the woman listening or the strippers dancing at the clubs, but even when they are trying to make that the targets they fail. Not to mention the opening track with DJ Khaled, who I really need to see less of in 2017.
Finally that leaves us with ‘T-shirt’, ‘Big On Big’, and the Travis Scott assisted ‘Kelly Price’ which all have replay value to some extent. But just like the the title of the album in comparisons with every new social media meme, movement, or video this album will only last for so long before we move on to the next thing. This album will not stand the test of time and be considered a masterpiece, but overall The Migos goal for this album was to give the people something that will last them until the next big thing comes along which just like in our “Culture” won’t be too long from now.
M.V.P: Migo #2 for ‘Deadz’ and ‘T-Shirt’, also living in Migo #1’s shadow.
Best Guest Appearance: King Guwop for ‘Slippery’
Album Score: 7/10