While their rise to fame was somewhere between fast and meteoric, the Atlanta trio Migos are steeped in the Southern tradition of hip-hop groups, having come together over their shared love of acts like the Hot Boys and OutKast. Takeoff, Quavo and Offset of Migos perform at THE FADER FORT Presented by Converse during SXSW on March 20, 2015 in Austin, Texas. Migos are an American hip-hop group consisting of three members: Quavo, Takeoff and Offset. They are originally from Atlanta, Georgia.
Migos released their commercial debut single “Versace” in 2013, taken from their mixtape Y.R.N. They have gone on to release several more singles, including “Fight Night”, “Look at My Dab”, and their four Billboard Hot 100 top 10 entries “Bad and Boujee”, peaking at number one, “MotorSport”, peaking at six, “Stir Fry”, peaking at eight, and “Walk It Talk It”, peaking at ten.
In a recent episode of Rolling Stone Music Now , Quality Control co-founders Coach K and Pee explain how they broke Migos , Lil Baby , Lil Yachty and more. In the following excerpt of the interview, Coach K explains how Drake ended up on a Versace” remix in 2013 — a key moment in the group’s history.
Elsewhere, such subtlety is not a priority. Most Migos tracks hammer home Velcro-like catchphrases with merciless repetition. Versace , the breakout track of 2013, repeated the fashion house’s name, a fascinating reductio ad absurdum that had many old-schoolers gnashing their teeth at the death of hip-hop’s core lyrical function.
Following the success of last year’s multi-platinum album, Culture, Atlanta, Georgia’s famed trap trio, MIGOS, released their follow-up album, Culture II, which sold millions of records and took the music world by storm. In honor of the trap trio’s latest album, Stance is proud to join members Quavo, Takeoff, and Offset in dropping the new MIGOS collection, featuring three 200-needle color ways. Each sock has a unique design, which draws inspiration from Culture II, and the group’s unique personal style.
In the same period, Migos have become the must-have rap feature for the year’s biggest pop hits – with stand-out appearances on Calvin Harris’ ‘Slide’ (240 million Spotify streams) and Katy Perry’s ‘Bon Appétit’ (200 million plays) alongside singles from the likes of Sean Paul and Lil Yachty.
That being said, here are the group’s ten-highest charting songs that include all three members, and the MVP of each — Versace” (Quavo), Handsome and Wealthy” (Quavo), Cocoon” (Offset), T-Shirt” (Takeoff), Slippery” (Quavo), Call Casting” (Takeoff), Get Right Witcha” (Offset), Motor Sport” (Quavo), Stir Fry” (Quavo), Supastars” (Quavo).
But don’t expect the Migos to be onstage in the 21,000-seat Staples Center during the awards show on Sunday. The best musical artists on the planet right now received no nominations. On the Grammys stage, the Migos might as well still be nobodies, though the musical and social empire they’ve built says otherwise.
Unfortunately, Speaking of the Devils and Angels” has been taken down since this article was originally published. The song leaked, however, as Takeoff , Offset , and Quavo have been focusing on their solo careers, while Travis recently injured his knee during a performance at Rolling Loud in New York, and it may require surgery.
Hip-hop supergroup Migos are experiencing a stellar week on the charts, as the American public simply can’t get enough of what they have to share. This frame, Quavo, Offset and Takeoff (the three musicians that make up the chart-topping outfit) have matched one of the greatest musical acts of all time when it comes to at least one specific, very impressive charting feat.
Four hours later, a high-energy new song was done, but then Migos was late to a listening party for its own album. The rappers had been too busy making more music, refusing to leave the studio until all three had finished their verses.
Southern hip hop trio Migos is quickly making a name for themselves with their swagged-out personal style, high-energy performances, and catchy singles like “Versace”. Taking the stage donning sunglasses, backpacks, and plenty of bling, the rappers cut a stylish group as they get the crowd bouncing to popular songs like “Hannah Montana” and “Flight Night”. Whether they’re freestyling between tracks or hyping up the crowd with call-and-response vocals, Migos always brings the party on their can’t-miss tours.
The three Migos members are close relatives – Takeoff is Quavo’s nephew and Offset is Quavo’s cousin – who first appeared in public consciousness back in 2013 through their modern rap classic ‘Versace’. The single generated so much heat for the emerging group that Drake jumped on the official remix and Migos had officially arrived. In the following years, the trio continued to build a huge cult following an incredibly prolific series of mixtapes and their 2015 debut album ‘Yung Rich Nation’.
The most complicated aspect of the three-man hip-hop group has always been the delicate balance of skill between each member. No rap trio has achieved greatness without an established hierarchy comprised of an alpha-dog, sidekick, and third banana. For Run-DMC, it was Run (alpha-dog), DMC (sidekick), and Jam Master Jay (third banana); A Tribe Called Quest had Q-Tip (alpha-dog), Phife Dawg (sidekick), and Ali (third banana); Geto Boys, Scarface (alpha-dog), Bushwick Bill (sidekick), and Willie D (third banana).
The Atlanta trio will join us off the back of an extraordinary year-long winning streak that shows no signs of slowing down. In January, Migos released their Billboard #1 album ‘Culture’ which spawned their breakthrough international mega-hit ‘Bad and Boujee’ – their first US #1 single which sits at a staggering 700 million plays across YouTube and Spotify. The LP also features worldwide smashes ‘T-Shirt’ (270 million plays), ‘Slippery’ (80 million plays) and ‘Get Right Witcha’ (70 million plays), all with accompanying remarkable music videos which have become a staple of the Migos brand.
In 2018, the trio released a sequel LP, Culture II , which featured production by Kanye West , Pharrell Williams , Metro Boomin , and more, as well as guests 21 Savage , Drake , Gucci Mane , Nicki Minaj , and Cardi B The set topped the Billboard 200 and spawned the platinum hits “MotorSport,” “Stir Fry,” “Walk It Talk It,” and “Narcos.” In the lead up to the third Culture installment in 2019, the trio issued a series of singles, including “Pure Water” with Mustard , “Position to Win,” and “Stripper Bowl” from the label compilation Quality Control: Control the Streets, Vol. 2.
It feels like another shift is coming in the Migos sound, likely with Offset at the front. Considering how he was incarcerated during their early success and had the least number of words on Culture, it feels like it’s finally his turn at the helm. It’s difficult to shake the feeling that the next Migos project will be a much darker, more mature sound as they’re finally able to open up about their rise to fame.
But by the time the 60th Grammy ceremony rolled around, Migos found themselves up against other talented acts in the best rap album category, including Jay Z’s 4:44, Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN., Rapsody’s Laila’s Wisdom, and Tyler, The Creator’s Flower Boy. And when the winner for the best rap album was announced as Kendrick Lamar, the trio felt robbed.
New Time” is a track in which the trio, especially Quavo, seize their notorious Migos Flow.” Many notable rappers have been inspired by this flow such as Kanye, J Cole, Jeezy, and more.
So spoke the actor and musician Donald Glover at the Golden Globe awards on January 8, 2017. With these words, he sent the internet into meltdown — and “Bad and Boujee” to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, officially ordaining Migos, the trio from Lawrenceville, Georgia, as hip hop’s hottest property — the Fab Three of trap.
After a rocky 2015, which, amid legal issues, still included the release of five full-length Migos projects with middling effect, 2016 was about slowing down and spreading out. Though Migos released just one official mixtape last year, its members appeared as guests on an unfathomable number of tracks by other artists, pop and street, expanding their sonic palette and fans’ understanding of their individual attributes.
Where do I begin? I HAD THE TIME OF MY LIFE. Migos happens to be my favorite group of rappers and never in a million years i have thought that they would preform in Seattle, Washington.
It was such a big moment. I mean, at that moment, that rap pattern, that cadence changed hip-hop , because Drake being the big artist that is — shit, he’s the biggest, right? With him coming in and adopting that flow, I watched the whole rap culture take that cadence. I’m not even gonna lie — me and Pee, we was getting a little angry. Because a lot of artists that was on bigger levels was getting all the praise. But this was these boys’ shit, you know what I’m saying? So we had to swim through that shit.
Migos released their debut album Yung Rich Nation in July 2015, through Quality Control Music and 300 Entertainment. Their second album, Culture, was released in January 2017 also through both record labels, and debuted atop the US Billboard 200 chart. The group later signed a deal with Motown and Capitol Records in February 2017, and followed up the latter album with Culture II in January 2018, giving the group their second number one album in the United States.
Migos released their commercial debut single “Versace” in 2013, taken from their mixtape Y.R.N. (Young Rich Niggas). They have gone on to release several more singles, including “Fight Night” (2014), “Look at My Dab” (2015), and their four Billboard Hot 100 top 10 entries “Bad and Boujee” (featuring Lil Uzi Vert) (2016), peaking at number one, “MotorSport” (with Nicki Minaj and Cardi B) (2017), peaking at six, “Stir Fry” (2017), peaking at eight, and “Walk It Talk It” (featuring Drake) (2018), peaking at ten.
From June 2016 to June 2017 Quavo submitted one of the greatest heat-checks in recent memory. He became the most prolific feature in all of hip-hop in 2016, guesting on Kanye’s Champions”, Travis Scott’s Pick Up the Phone”, Young Thug’s Guwop”, Meek Mill’s The Difference”, Post Malone‘s Congratulations”, and Gucci’s Floor Seats”; last year, Quavo cemented his crossover potential by appearing on songs alongside pop-stars Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, and Liam Payne, as well as collaborating with two of the biggest names in Electronic music, Calvin Harris and Major Lazer.
But what about the No. 1 Bad & Boujee”? The song has already made it to the Golden Globes stage this year. I really wanna thank the Migos — not for being in the show, but for making ‘Bad and Boujee,’ ” said Donald Glover while accepting the Golden Globe for best television series, musical or comedy, for his FX show Atlanta , on which the Migos appeared during its debut season.
The Lyrical Gift’s short cameo on Rhythm + Flow may have been easily forgotten by viewers, but now he’s back with a diss track calling out Quavo for his unkind words. The rapper has released a track called ” Time’s Up Quavious ” on his Soundcloud, which kicks off with a soundbite of the guest judge’s insult during his audition. In the song, The Lyrical Gift speaks his truth on what he believes his talent is versus what Quavo said about him.
MotorSport, meanwhile, is relentless, and with the song’s guests (Nicki Minaj and Offset’s fiancé Cardi B) absent, it falls to the girls in the crowd to shout out Cardi’s verse. A huge, bouncing, interactive version of Stir Fry closes the set. Again, Migos’ signatures are all over it: the clipped, almost onomatopoeic chorus (In the kitchen, wrist twisting like it’s stir fry”). Like most culinary metaphors in hip-hop, Stir Fry is actually about drugs, but beyond that, it’s the moment where Migos abandon their trap sound ” (a subgenre of hip-hop, by and for the drug demimonde) while singing about it. Stir Fry actually matches Migos’s rhythmic raps to a bouncing Pharrell Williams dance beat – a crossover without compromise.
Battling fickle tastes has been a constant for Migos since the trio stormed the hip-hop firmament in 2013, bringing a Gucci bag full of flashy new tricks, including their trademark stuttering, rapid-fire triplet flow and an endless series of sticky catchphrases, ad-libs and vocal tics (Grrr,” That way!”).
Migos are undeniably hot – triply so tonight, thanks to the jerk chicken barbecues that fill the air outside the venue, to the constant firing of onstage pyrotechnics, and to Takeoff’s padded black jacket and Offset’s fluorescent yellow one. These stay on throughout this triumphal, but not quite scintillating, set.
This past Friday, hypebeasts all around the world (including myself) collectively celebrated the much-anticipated release of Migos’ latest album, Culture. I could sit here and type up a description of Migos, but I’m sure you already have an idea.