To say that the Migos have played some part in bringing rap to the mainstream would be a gross understatement. The Georgia group dominated 2017 like no other. And their second album, Culture, brought about a massive shift in the music industry; blessing audiences with a massive influx of Trap, and trap influenced music.
And although Culture 2 — with an overwhelming 24-tracklist — failed to live up to expectations, rest assured that Migos still came through with some true bangers on this project.
Listed below are the only songs that you have to check out.
Culture National Anthem (Outro)
Produced by: Figure Made It and 808 Godz
The production on this album is stupendous as is always the case with any Migos project — whether it be a single, full-feature work or mixtape. But, with this song it really stands out. A motivational and somber instrumental blend perfectly with politically-charge vocals laid down by Quavo Huncho himself.
This uncharacteristic Migos track is approached with a surprising amount of respect, and sheds light on the more emotional side of the trio. A side usually hidden by the flashy image they portray to bolster commercial viability.
Standout moment: Quavo
My people prayed (prayed) and take a knee
This lyric is in reference to Colin Kaepernick. Whose decision to take a knee during the national anthem in support of fair treatment for fellow African-Americans and people of color took the nation by storm.
Produced By: Quavo and Dj Durel
There are only three certainties in life: death, taxes, and a banger whenever Gucci Mane and Migos link-up.
A catchy beat (by budding producer Quavo, assisted by DJ Durel), fire lyrics from Takeoff and a perfectly-fitted, hypnotic Gucci Mane verse will compel you into hitting that repeat button.
Granted, this song only sounds good after a little time’s passed causing you to warm up to it. Where you then step into the denial phase, trying to hate it for it’s surface-level theme.
And finally, acceptance.
Hint: CC stands for Coco Chanel.
Standout Moment: Quavo
I ain’t here for no pictures (nah), put Huncho in the middle (Huncho!)
The man finally asserts his dominance on the trio. Sure, he calls himself Honcho which translates to Boss. But it’s a different story during their interviews where none of them seem to want to take credit for anything, instead pointing out each others genius whenever asked.
This line sees Quavo firmly asking the media to place him in the middle when it comes to taking group photos, which erases doubt over who the leader of the group is.
Open It Up
Produced by: Cardo Got Wings
You know why this song is here? AH OUH, AH OUH.
It’s the return of Migos’ best adlib. Frankly, this one of the few aggressive sounding tracks on the album; and it’s great for the gym. I see this track becoming part of the ‘must-listen’ playlist whenever someone refers to Migos in the future.
Open It Up is a natural successor to Culture’s, Deadz. It replicates the formula which made the precursor a hit in the first place: great verses. Typically, the Migos sway more towards the melodic end of the Rap-Scale, however, when they do make an effort to write a half-decent verse, it shines.
Takeoff stands out as usual — focused, tenacious and aggressive. However, the song breaks without Offset’s input, the duo details with ease the journey their group has taken — from trappin’ on the streets, to international success.
Standout moment: Takeoff
You’re funny, call you Martin Lawrence, you 12, so issue a warrant (12)
If you don’t remember the name, you probably remember the face.
Takeoff calls his competitors funny, then accuses them of being cops, and you know how much that stings for rappers.
How? A cop is commonly referred to as ‘12’ in their hometown: Georgia.
Produced by: Murda Beatz
This is a ridiculously radio-ready song, and it’s actually quite good. It’s also special for one other reason: Takeoff.
I think this is the first time I’ve heard him display emotion. Don’t get me wrong he can induce emotion (his flow gets me hype), but he doesn’t display emotion. Gang Gang is a song where Takeoff questions not only his place in the group, but in his ability.
The tone of this song is sensual and slow — something you’d hear on that extra rich girl’s Snapchat — the production is crisp, and the beat is calming. Expect to hear Gang Gang return strongly in the summer.
Standout moment: Takeoff
Hey, I know this might sound weird to say (to say)/ But would you love me if I ran away? (Away)
Takeoff shows emotion! May also potentially be paying homage to 50 Cent’s legendary 21 Questions.
Produced By: Produced by Wheezy, Quavo, Travis Scott, DJ Durel & Ty Dolla $ign
This feature-heavy earworm sees the Migos take the backseat, and let’s Travis Scott shine. The intro does sound straight from an 8-bit game, but once the beat drops and reveals the chorus, you know it’s a hit.
The song is not so much about what’s being said, but about the tune and the varying levels of inflection the different artists on this track provide. Ty Dolla $ign is melodic as usual, and production by Travis Scott is beautiful as always.
What keeps this track from being number 1 is Big Sean. A very generic, detracting verse strips the song of some credibility. But that’s just Big Sean being his usual self: boring and whack.
Standout moment: Travis Scott
Yeah, white color sand (yeah), frost in my hand, yeah (yeah)/ Lost it again, yeah (it’s lit), ghost, Danny Phantom (oh yeah)
Both of these lines will get stuck in your head. Plus, it’s full of references.
‘White color sand’ signifies Cocaine, and ‘frost’ equate to diamonds. Secondly, Danny Phantom is the Nickelodeon cartoon (pictured below), who’s interaction with a portal turns him into a ghost, giving him superpowers which include in invisibility and flight.
Produced by: Fki
Can Post Malone do any wrong at this moment? Whatever he hops on is bound to sound good. Notice Me is no different, an enticingly sung chorus, an eloquently classy verse by Takeoff, and precise delivery by Offset makes this the best song on the album.
You’ll find this song playing in a hookah lounge, providing mad vibes and enhancing your smoking experience. It’s a shame this song is relegated to the tail-end of the album.
Standout moment: Offset
I clear my mind and I had a vision (I had a vision)/ And then I arrive with twenty-five b-tches (then they arrive).
You know how some lines are plain as they come but just sound good when the rapper says it?
Kind of like 21 Savage on Rockstar where I wait for the ‘Why you gotta 12 car garage when you only got 6 cars?’, line. Or most recently Drake’s on God’s Plan, ‘She asked do you love me, I said only party/ I only love my bed and my momma I’m sorry’
This line is in the same vein, it’s the delivery of the line which stands out. It’s said with such ease and conviction. Also, it makes you feel cool.