The New Wave: Migos’ Culture II is out now

Naomi Ludlow | Arts & Entertainment Editor

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Migos, Atlanta’s famous rap trio, has released their third studio album, Culture II.

This album includes 24 new songs that equates to an hour and 45 minutes of digital time. The group defines the title of the album as the wave for younger generations. Questions arise as to whether or not the sequel to its 2017 album will generate just as much accolades.

According to a review by Pitchfork, the Culture II album is half-geared toward “chart-friendly” hits, while the other half gives the authentic Migos vibe. Now, it’s up to the listeners to decide if it’s a hit or miss. Many have been awaiting this new album, but was it too much? Too overwhelming? Too rushed?

It looks like Takeoff has stolen the spotlight with this one. In an interview with the Breakfast Club, co-host Charlamagne tha God said, “YRN was Quavo’s album, Culture was Offset’s album and Culture II is Takeoff’s album.”

“Narcos” is one of the most listened-to songs on the album. The song starts with a Latin guitar and “arriba” ad-lib. Although it’s out of Migos’ comfort zone, it still has the Migos sound.

Other fan favorites are “Walk It Talk It,” featuring Drake, “Notice Me” and “Stir Fry.” Some songs on the album have a different sound, but the lyrical consistency of the Migos is still there. The album could rack up award nominations this year.

The group’s last album, Culture, got Migos nominated for two Grammys. The three were nominated for Best Rap Album and Best Rap Performance for “Bad and Boujee.”

Migos has gotten bigger in recent years and doesn’t plan on stopping anytime soon. The group already has more songs recorded and on the way. Migos also has other projects in the works with other artists. Quavo is working with 21 Savage, while Takeoff is collaborating with Lil Yachty.

Not only does Migos incorporate the new wave for this generation, but the group also pays homage to those who came before. The trio says they look up to rap legends such as Wu-tang Clan and Jay-Z.

With catchy songs and memorable ad-libs, Migos is slowly but surely becoming a household name. If you want to hear more from Migos, Culture II is now available on Apple Music. YRN and Culture are available as well.


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