Atlanta rap group Migos released their new album “Culture” Jan. 27, and it has already climbed to the top of the Billboard 200, making it the No. 1 album in America right now. With such success in a short amount of time, it only makes sense for somebody to give the album a review, right?
Migos released its single “Bad and Boujee” back in October, but the single didn’t really gain momentum until January when the song reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200. “Bad and Boujee” is the most popular song from “Culture,” as it rightfully should be. You can walk into the middle of a crowd and yell the phrase “rain drop,” and I guarantee half of the room will respond right back with “drop top.” Migos’ famous “rain drop, drop top” line gained a ton of popularity on Twitter, which definitely helped “Culture” amass popularity overall. “Bad and Boujee” is a hit because it’s a song that never seems to get old. At this point, everyone’s heard it hundreds of times, but there’s nothing like hearing that intro to get the party going. The song’s beats are great, and the lyrics are unforgettable, but the main reason why it’s so popular is because Migos unintentionally created a millennial “Marco Polo” with “rain drop, drop top.” Not to mention, Lil Uzi Vert is featured in the song, too.
“Culture” features a lot of big name hip-hop artists and rappers like DJ Khaled, Gucci Mane, 2 Chainz and Travis Scott. 2 Chainz is featured in one of the most under-appreciated songs from “Culture” in a track called “Deadz.” “Deadz” definitely seems to be an underrated song from the album, but “Dead” has that trap sound that made Migos famous in the first place. It also simultaneously incorporates the infamous “2 Chaaaiinnzz” line before 2 Chainz drops his verse. “Deadz” also is a perfect vibe for just hanging out, or it can also be a party bop. It’s fitting for whatever mood you’re in.
Another great song to listen to from the album is “T-Shirt,” which is a little less popular than “Bad and Boujee,” but it’s quickly becoming viral with more than 20,000,000 plays on Spotify. While “Culture” features other great artists, “T-Shirt” is pure Migos, and it has one of the best hooks on the album. The track is a great example that Migos can shine without relying on featured artists. While its collaborations often make popular bangers, “T-Shirt” is a reminder of why Migos’ trap music blew up.
“Out Yo Way” is another undervalued track from the album. While it has a similar sound to the other tracks on “Culture,” the message is different from the rest. “Out Yo Way” is dedicated to someone who always was there for the group while it was trying to make it in the music business. Seeing this part of Migos seemed real and genuine and that its struggle to make it big did not only have an effect on them but also the people around them. The opening line of the song, “You probably got your hands full whatever goal you pursue, all this pain we can live through it, it’s called success” is strikingly different from the majority of the album and gives listeners a different perspective on the rap group. Listening to the album, you get accustomed to the trap lyrics so hearing something genuine from Migos is refreshing.
If I had to rate the album on a scale from one to 10, I’d give it an eight. This is the type of album you want to bump in your car on your way to a party, but it’s also an album you can chill to. With Migos’ increasing popularity, its sound works, but I’d want to hear something different in the future. Many rappers have some pretty varying sounds on their albums, but Migos had almost the same sound on all of its tracks. Sometimes it is challenging to tell the difference. If you’re a big fan of rap, I’d definitely give “Culture” a listen. Migos is still new to the music scene, so I’m excited to see how its style changes in the future.