Drew’s Review: Migos release sophomore album, ‘Culture’

As I sit here writing, Migos is the biggest act in hip-hop, and possibly all music. The lists of which artists are the best are rather consistent, but the biggest and hottest can change from moment to moment. Right now is Migos’ moment.

During the week of Jan. 21, 2017, Migos’ “Bad and Boujee” became the group’s first song to reach No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 list. This is a feat that hasn’t even been reached by some of music’s greats, like Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan.

Additionally, it shouldn’t be interpreted as a coincidence that as soon as Migos had reached a number one song in the country, the Atlanta Falcons are making their first Super Bowl appearance in the 21st century.

Now, at the height of their culture-influencing powers, Migos released their second studio album, “Culture,” over the weekend. The project features guest spots from some of Atlanta’s most talented artists, Gucci Mane and 2 Chainz.

As anticipated, the album’s singles, “T-Shirt” and “Bad and Boujee,” set the tone for an all-around Migos showcase. The songs often float inside and outside the pocket of the beat, then reach back for the often-imitated Migos-triplet flow. Simply put, the flow is a rhyme scheme that calls for three notes per one beat.

Migos is patient zero for a lot of trends within the genre, whether you’re a fan of the trends or not. And starting with a shoutout from Donald Glover (Childish Gambino) during the Golden Globes, 2017 seems to be the year Migos’ praise comes full circle.