Album cover courtesy of Migos
Review by Peter Goldman
On January 27th, Atlanta trio Migos released their second studio album, Culture. Feeding on the success of their acclaimed hit single “Bad and Boujee” and capitalizing on a Childish Gambino shoutout, Culture has been Migos’s most critically acclaimed and highest selling album to date. Filled with signature ad-libs, Quavo hooks, banging beats, and standout features, Culture is a letter from Migos to the rap game, stating, “We’re still here. And we never left.” B-SIDE is here with a song by song review to help you stay in touch with the C U L T U R E.
“Culture” – featuring DJ Khaled
The album’s opener and title track begins with a DJ Khaled shoutout over an 808 Mafia beat. Good song, but in an album full of standout tracks, it can get lost in the mix.
“Spin off in the coupe, typhoon (skrt skrt)
I act an ass, baboon”
A standout on an album full of hits and famous for its music video, featuring Quavo, Takeoff, and Offset draped in fur and turning up in a forest, “T-Shirt” is classic Migos. Full of ad-libs, bragging, and over a hard beat.
”Woah kemosabe, chopper aimin' at your noggin (ayy)
Had to cop the Audi, then the top, I had to chop it (skrt skrt)”
Another single released before the album, this hit’s biggest flaw may be its location in the album. Sandwiched between “T-Shirt” and “Bad and Boujee,” “Call Casting” is overshined. Despite this, still one of the better songs on the album.
“I beat the pot with a passion (beat it up)
A hundred acres on the mansion
I dab in the latest fashion (eat it up)”
“Bad and Boujee” – featuring Lil Uzi Vert
The album’s lead single, and still remains the standout. Loud, quotable, and catchy as hell, this is Migos at their best.
“Rain Drop, Drop Top (Drop Top),
Smoking on cookie in the hotbox (Cookie)”
“Get Right Witcha”
Over an interesting beat crafted by rising producer Murda, the Migos tell the story of their now busy lives, claiming they’ll “get right witcha.” Filled with memorable lyrics, this is classic Migos.
“Pop me a missile (ayy)
Take me a picture (flash)
Get right witcha (I'ma get right witcha)
Lit like Christmas (like Christmas)”
“Slippery” – featuring Gucci Mane
Featuring Atlanta legend Gucci Mane, Migos pays homage to those that paved the way before them. A good song, but nothing special.
“Honestly (honest) she fuck with me, your wife to be (wife)
In Italy, bought her a fur, look like the wildebeest (rarr)”
“Big on Big”
Over a Zaytoven beat, the producer of many of their first hits, Migos uses this track to brag about their rise to success. Again, nothing special, but a good song nonetheless.
“Six cell phones and I ain't social
Still goin' big, cup like Magnolia”
“What the Price”
Opening with a long guitar riff present throughout, it is good to see Migos experiment with new sounds. Although not one of the better songs on the album, it is great to see Migos unafraid to try new, different sounds. A good indicator for the future of Migos.
“Bad Mona Lisa (bad)
Slide with my people (skrrt skrrt)
Pink slip for the ride (skrrt skrrt)
But what's in the trunk, it's illegal”
“Brown Paper Bag”
Migos stick to what they know best, rapping about their wealth, drugs, and girls. A good song, but with so many consistent hits, it’s nothing special.
“You saying your wrist is rocky, well I got some boulders (Rocky Balboa)
Ice on my neck, cold shoulder (ice)
You talkin' 'bout modern day rap, but don't know the CULTURE”
“Deadz” – featuring 2 Chainz
Featuring 2 Chainz over a dark, colossal, Cardo beat, the one word that comes to mind when this song comes on is “massive.”
“Got dames by the double, do everything but cuddle
Might buy a bowling alley, I got money out the gutter
Fully automatic, and it don't don't stutter (ra!)”
It wouldn’t be a Migos album without an ode to strippers. Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff team up to give us a trap love story.
“Bitch lookin' like a Kardashian (Kardashian)
We hopped in the coupe and we smashin'”
“Kelly Price” – featuring Travis Scott
Travis lends his atmospheric sound to Migos, teaming up on a hit that combines Migos’s charisma and punchlines with Travis’s ability to fill the sound space of a song.
“Treat my Lambo like a Fisher Price, yeah, yeah
I can never let her spend the night
Woke up, cocaine all in my hair, thought it was lice, yeah, yeah
Out Yo Way
A surprisingly emotional and vulnerable closing track, Migos thanks those, specifically the women, who have gone out of their way to make their live what it is today. A fitting end to the album that secured Migos’ place in the rap world.
“Mama told me stay strong, grandma told me stay on
Now she looking down, throwin' blessings”