Atlanta rap trio Migos dropped something truly cutting-edge when they released their sophomore album, Culture, almost exactly one year ago to this day.
However, crafting the perfect sequel can often be a daunting task, which only a handful of artists have managed to pull off successfully. Most of the time, when the albums have absolutely nothing to do with each other.
Because of the hype surrounding the album’s release, Culture 2, could easily go down as one of the fastest-selling sequels in history. Stylistically the album is a little blasé, though it’s not without merit.
This is the first time listeners get to really hear the rap group with producer DJ Durel, who made his first appearance on Quality Control: Control the Streets, Vol. 1 in December, and a couple of beats produced by Quavo himself.
Metro Boomin’ kicks off the album with the track, “Higher We Go,” another trap gem from one of today’s hottest music producers, which he later follows on the absurdly titled track, “Emoji a Chain.”
Migos dropped their latest single, “Supastars,” earlier this week, during their appearance on Zane Lowe‘s Beats 1 Radio. Although the track is really nothing special, it does kick in with some fire new instrumentals from the Honorable C.N.O.T.E. and Buddha Bless as the trio exchange bars, bragging about their lavish lifestyle.
The album really struggles to try and stand on its own until track three, “Narcos,” which gives things an exciting little kick with its Latin-infused rhythm that creates the illusion of Colombian drug cartels and the notorious Pablo Escobar. While it is truly remarkable track, the album is very inconsistent.
Not even Kanye West, who co-wrote the track “BBO (Bad Bitches Only)” featuring 21 Savage, could come close to recreating the originality of the first album.
Quavo tosses a call back to his recent collaboration on the track “Auto Pilot (Huncho on the Beat),” another standout track that captures the versatility of the 26-year-old musician/producer.
The album is a whopping 24-tracks, nearly double the length of an average record, and features guest appearances from Drake, Gucci Mane, Travis Scott, Ty Dolla Sign, Big Sean, Post Malone, and 2 Chainz.
The lead single, “Motorsport” featuring Nicki Minaj and Cardi B, was released back in October and already it has become the trio’s second most successful track, climbing to no. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts.
“Stir Fry,” serves up another helping with this funky old-school-style track from pop music producer Pharrell, which has a vaguely familiar sound similar to The Mohawks‘ classic track, “The Champ,” which has been sampled but such legendary artists as Big Daddy Kane and Ice Cube.
Another more noteworthy track, “Made Men,” features producer Cassius Jay, who has been dubbed “Trap Sinatra” for his work with Young Thug, Future, Kodak Black, and Lil Uzi Vert.
The song is smooth jazz and R&B sample that brings the album back down from the hype of tracks like, “Too Much Jewelry” from producer Zaytoven and “Open It Up” from producer Cardo.
The album draws to a close with its only really inspired track, “Culture National Anthem,” a plea stressing the importance of the culture.
The album has a lot of amazing moments, but at times can be repetitive which gets very old after one or two plays. Nevertheless, the album is certain to top the charts yet again.
RATING: 3.5 /5
LISTEN: MIGOS – ‘CULTURE 2’