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. In 2016, following a streak of stellar guest verses, Quavo, a la Durant circa 2010, became the group’s alpha-dog; later that year, Bad and Boujee”, like Westbrook’s performance in Game 4 of the 2012 NBA Finals, solidified Offset’s superstar potential, before a heat-check during the second-half of 2017, much like Westbrook’s breakout season in 2013, placed Offset in the same tier as Quavo; and with last week’s release of Culture II, Takeoff — just as OKC’s third banana Harden had done in the 2012 playoffs — proved he isn’t Migos’ weak link, but a star in his own right.
Migos were the latest guests to help James Corden get to work on this week’s episode of Carpool Karaoke. The host of The Late Late Show picked up the Atlanta trio to drive around the streets of L.A., performing the group’s biggest hits while also taking on a few classic tunes. We have no idea why the men decided to sing Whitney Houston‘s I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me),” but we do know that song is still a jam.
Migo’s list of collaborations includes stars such as Justin Bieber, Young Thug, Juicy J, Jeremih, R. Kelly, and countless more. In February 2014, the group released their mixtape, No Label 2, which has received over 500K online downloads since. Their newest mixtape, Rich Nia Timeline, has received more than 25K downloads in under 2 days. They are currently working on their next album, set to be released in 2015.
Resorting to burglary and other crimes “in the streets,” they later used their illicit earnings to fund their music aspirations, shelling out dough for recording equipment, DJ mixtape-hosting fees, and of course, flashy jewelry and clothing. “You gotta flex. You gotta look good, bro. Especially coming from the outskirts and wanting to take over the whole Atlanta,” Offset said.
The big singles off Culture II fare better, consolidating Migos in the consciousness. Walk It Talk It is an earworm that scores high on a number of Migos metrics – clipped syllables, nagging ad libs. It could go on much longer than it does, with Takeoff doing a little dance and all three rappers nailing a lengthy verse (yes, they do those too). Quavo’s boast that I think my back got scoliosis ‘cos I swerved a lane” is a standout line. (An excellent video, released earlier this week, finds Migos and their guest Drake parodying 70s music TV in outrageous wigs).
In 2014, Migos signed a recording deal with 300 Entertainment and later released their debut album, Young Rich Nation, under the label. With features from Chris Brown and Young Thug, and the production chops of Murda Beatz and Zaytoven, the album was a success. However, Migos left 300 to be managed solely by QC just two months after the album’s release.
In the past it’s been largely assumed that, depending on which style you prefer, the home of hip-hop is the East or West coast of the States. However those in the know would point to the South as having a real stake as the home of rap these days and in 2014 no one has been more indicative of this than breakout stars Migos.
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.
We’re dead-locked, with each Migo winning three categories. And so, the only way to determine the alpha-Migo is to determine who was the MVP on each of the Migos’ top-ten songs. To make things fair, only tracks featuring all three Migos were considered, meaning we’ll have to remove the following: Hannah Montana” (sorry, Quavo), Fight Night” (sorry, Takeoff), Pipe It Up” (Sorry, Quavo), and Bad and Boujee” (sorry, Offset).
Mainly performing music taken from early mix tapes, the devoted fans who have followed the band’s career from its very origins make themselves heard during these as they shout the lyrics back. The whole crowd gets involved for ‘Versace’ and ‘Fight Back’ and the boys leave stage leaving the crowd very much anticipating the debut album.
Quavo sat down for an interview on Power 106 Los Angeles’ The Cruz Show, where he revealed that the Migos are featured on Kanye West‘s delayed album, Yandhi.
However, this time they seemed very rushed – they didn’t play any tracks from their recent album. They also didn’t have the stage presence from before.
Migos’ new album Culture II has debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 , granting them their second leader on the all-encompassing tally. While they did manage to sell tens of thousands of copies of the full-length, it was some incredible streaming activity that got them to the top, and it’s clear that their enormous fan base likes to listen on platforms like Spotify and Apple Music. All those streams didn’t just help them rise to the peak of the albums tally, it was largely responsible for many of the songs featured on Culture II reaching the Hot 100 as well.
Quavious Marshall (Quavo) and Kiari Cephus (Offset) are cousins, and Kirshnik Ball (Takeoff) is Quavo’s nephew. The three have been rapping together since middle school in Gwinnett County, where other kids made fun of them for trying to be superstars. Childhood friend Jerel Nance became their first manager, drove them to clubs like Belushi’s and Obsessions, and shot their album covers with his iPhone camera. After putting out numerous mixtapes and gaining a large following for their new flows and stuttering beats, the three caught the attention of hip-hop star Drake, who was featured on the group’s song Versace,” released in 2013.
The group has also shared their own dreams of branching out, with Offset telling Vice’s Noisey that the group had requested “some pop beats” so they could “try and do something different.” Although Takeoff admitted they weren’t particular fans of “that kind of music,” they were open to exploring EDM-infused tracks. “I want to do a song on a beat like that,” he said.
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.
There may be debate about the origins of the group’s name—is it short for amigos,” the Spanish word for friends,” or is it slang for a drug house?—but nobody’s debating whether Lawrenceville-raised Migos is making a big impact. The trap trio has become so iconic that actor, rapper, and fellow Atlantan Donald Glover thanked them in his 2017 Golden Globes Award speech, calling Migos the Beatles of this generation.” Indeed, the group tied the Beatles for the most simultaneous entries for a single group on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Migos’ shows are brimming with energy from everyone on stage and just about everyone in the crowd. The trio does an awesome job at hyping up everyone in the audience. Additional help is provided by a strong slate of opening acts, such as SZA, as well as special guests, like Travis Scott.
It’s not often that one act comes along and substantively changes a genre in what seems like an indecently short space of time. Migos – the hip-hop trio of Quavo, Offset and Takeoff, not actually amigos, but north Atlanta blood relatives – arrive on stage in London as innovators basking in validation. They have a much-copied, idiosyncratic sound (the so-called triplet flow ”, studded with ad-libs) and a distinctive visual presence.
From their humble beginnings in Lawrenceville, Georgia, to dominating the charts with their hit single ‘Bad And Boujee’, here’s everything you need to know about the Hip-Hop’s biggest rap trio.
The Atlanta trio Migos is comprised of Takeoff (Kirsnick Ball), Offset (Kiari Cephus), and Quavo (Quavious Marshall). Formed in 2008, Migos originally called themselves The Polo Club before rebranding their rap moniker in 2010. Following this move, they released two mixtapes, Juug Season and No Label.
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 is an American hip hop group from Lawrenceville, Georgia, founded in 2008. They are composed of three rappers known by their stage names Takeoff, Offset and Quavo. They are managed by Coach K, the former manager of Atlanta-based rappers Gucci Mane and Young Jeezy, and frequently collaborate with producers such as Zaytoven, DJ Durel, Murda Beatz, and Metro Boomin.
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.
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’.
While Bad and Boujee,” which Mr. Glover, the star and creator of Atlanta” on FX, unexpectedly called the best song … ever” onstage, had been building in clubs and online since its August release, it had only recently reached radio and was far from the near-omnipresence of other more anodyne (and, notably, whiter) streaming smashes.
I had the pleasure of seeing my favorite rap group perform live on stage @ the Dunkin Donuts Center ( my first visit there) I was very impress with the opening acts of Flip Dinero and 21 Savage. Unfortunately when it came time for the trio to hit the stage to my surprise i only had the pleasure of seeing only Quavo and Takeoff but no Offset. I was very disappointed because although i luv them as a group, individually i was looking forward to watching them perform some of their solo projects. But overall i had a really great time.
This, then, is a rap trio at the height of their pummelling power, shaking the room multiple times and mustering a sea of camera-phones for at least half a dozen tracks. There are, however, some caveats floating around the smoke-filled air. Live, the subtlety of Migos’ work is all too often lost. The nuances of their respective deliveries (Quavo, still dominant; Offset, no slouch tonight; Takeoff, rumbly low-end) are inaudible; the silvery ad libs barely land, and the stark elegance of many of their productions are subsumed into a barrage of hooks, bass and shouting. This loss of range is pretty standard for live hip-hop, and, indeed, much live music. But the undeniable excitement generated by bass and shouting is itself undercut by the run time of the newer songs.
Formed by a group of three friends, Quavo, Takeoff and Offset, Migos are one of the most interesting hip-hop (and trap) projects of our days. Framed in the Southern American hip-hop tradition and influenced by groups like Outkast and Hot Boys, this Atlanta’s trio has had a meteoric rise from the moment they started making music sometime in 2009 under the name of Polo Club. The name Migos” would only surface later in 2010. They released their first mixtape in 2012, No Label”, having reached worldwide recognition with their single Versace”, which would become one of that year’s songs, with Drake remixing it. After No Label II”, their second mixtape, came their first album, Yung Rich Nation”. On that year, Migos stood out with the single Look at My Dab”, an authentic viral dance phenomenon across the world. Despite their success, the trio kept their ambition and began preparing a trilogy.
Migos has collaborated with some of the biggest names in music, including Drake, Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, Lil Uzi Vert, DJ Khaled, and more. Their second album, Culture, was nominated for Best Rap Album at the 60th Grammy Awards.
Simultaneously, Quavo, who makes up one-third of Migos, has himself emerged as one of the world’s most exciting rap stars in his own right with features on DJ Khaled’s worldwide triumph ‘I’m the One’ alongside Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne (500 million plays), Post Malone’s massive ‘Congratulations’ (440 million plays) and Travis Scott’s platinum single ‘Pick Up the Phone’ alongside Young Thug (180 million plays).
The song has generated close to 70,000 views on Soundcloud in its first 5 days, and has gotten a lot of comments from people familiar with the drama. Many of the comments criticize Quavo for his thoughts on The Lyrical Gift, which may be tied to the sometimes polarizing sub-genre his rap group Migos is associated with, “mumble rap.” As of writing Quavo has yet to respond to the diss track in any negative or positive way, and it’s doubtful he will.
There are three members currently in Atlanta rap group Migos: Quavo, real name, Quavious Keyate Marshall; Offset, real name Kiari Kendrell Cephus; and Takeoff, real name Kirshnik Khari Ball.
Keeping it in the family, Quavious Marshall (aka Quavo) is Kirshnik Ball’s (aka Takeoff) uncle, and is Kiari Cephus’ (aka Offset) cousin. The trio have collaborated with various other artists like Drake, Justin Beiber, ASAP Ferg, Soulja Boy, Travis Scott and R. Kelly. Their 2013 single Versace” was a viral hit, and peaked within the top 100 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It was this single that got Drake involved in wanting to take part in a remix, which he performed live at the 2013 iHeart radio Music Festival.
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.
Just hours before, hundreds of fans waited in the blistering cold of a late January night — all the way down West 16th Street, past the Western Beef Supermarket — for this very moment. And the Migos had been waiting, too. If you don’t know,” Quavo informed the crowd, Culture came out last night at midnight.” Snaps were already open in a sea of extended arms. Lights from phone flashes illuminated the stage as they steadily recorded, each person anxious for another beat to drop.
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.
A trio of Atlanta rappers has become one of the biggest hip-hop acts in recent memory thanks to its unique presentation and style. Migos has been everywhere in the last few years. Between its triplet flows, braggadocious lyrics and trap production, Migos encapsulates everything people look for when it comes to catchy hip-hop.
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’ last album as a trio was Culture II, though each member has released a solo project since then. They’re set to headline Rolling Loud Bay Area in September. Lil Yachty has recently guested on tracks from Chance the Rapper and Valee Check out the video for Migos and Lil Yachty’s new song Intro” (ft. Gucci Mane) below.