Written By: Fletcher Bonin
Rap group Migos, comprised of three members, is blowing up right now. They’re track ‘Bad and Boujee’ was launched to the top of the charts following Donald Glover’s shout out at the Golden Globes. Since then, the single has become something of an anthem for 2017, popping up in hashtags on Twitter and inspiring extravagant pictures on Instagram. ‘Bad and Boujee’ is the single that got mainstream attention, previously heralding only a following from the Atlanta trap scene’s truest fans. This was the first song released off of their latest album, the 2017 release Culture. This album is currently the thirteen track anthem of Atlanta and the rap scene at large. With typical chopped and bouncing trap beats, and looping, distorted vocals, Culture is a masterwork in modern rap.
“raindrops, drop tops, smokin’ on cookie in the hotbox, fuckin’ on your bitch she a thot, thot, thot, cookin’ up dope in the crockpot, we came from nothin’ to somethin’.”
There are three tracks off of the album that I’d like to focus on. However, it should be noted that the album is perfectly suited to be being blasted through your car’s speakers as you roll downtown. For best results, turn up the bass to catch every drop and every haltingly shouted lyric. The first of the three tracks is of course ‘Bad and Boujee’. They rap over a steadily thudding bass backbeat, “raindrops, drop tops, smokin’ on cookie in the hotbox, fuckin’ on your bitch she a thot, thot, thot, cookin’ up dope in the crockpot, we came from nothin’ to somethin’.” As you can immediately see – or hear – the Migos’ lyrics are loosely related and do little in the way of storytelling. And yet they have made a career of this fun and often ridiculous word play. It is the same style of rap that has made Young Thug and Future millionaires.
The second song I’d like to point out is ‘T-Shirt’. This track, equally explicit and reverent of the drug game, is bouncy and upbeat. It was released slightly earlier than the album itself, further building intrigue for the full reveal with a music video replete with models donning furs in a snowscape. The third and final song I’d like to suggest playing on repeat is the track ‘Slippery’ featuring Atlanta forerunner Gucci Mane. This is my favorite track, creating a quintessential trap sensibility with its rifling bass trills and droning, laconic vocals. Features by rap mainstays such as Travis Scott, 2 Chainz and DJ Khaled further enhance Culture. Any fans of modern rap are sure to gush over this latest Migos production.