By: Brandon Ben
Culture II is the third album by rap trio Migos. This album is huge, with 24 tracks, and a huge runtime. Right off the bat, the list of collaborators is impressive including: Cardi B, Nicki Minaj, Big Sean, Drake, Travis Scott, 2 Chainz, 21 Savage, Gucci Mane, Ty Dolla Sign, Post Malone, Murda Beatz, Metro Boomin, Pharrell Williams and Kanye West. All of these giants are heavy hitters in the game. But, a 24-song album, are they crazy? We are in a single generation after all. To me, no, they’re not crazy. There is so much to explore on this record. And for those of you who are tired of this overdone trap style of rap music, remember, Migos really helped popularize it.
They seem to drift track to track with ease, and to me, this album sounds pretty diverse. Its quite refreshing to see something well produced in this style, and not just random tracks on soundcloud. Some of my favorite tracks include BBO (Bad Bitches Only) featuring 21 Savage, Walk It Talk It featuring Drake, and MotorSport featuring Nicki Minaj and Cardi B. Now notice I’m pointing out tracks featuring other artists, because, I don’t think I would only like to listen to Migos again and again for hours. That’s not to say the production isn’t on point. I pointed out that Kanye West and Pharrell are involved on this project, but as producers. Many people forget how talented Kanye is as a producer.
Obviously this album is way too long to go in-depth, so I’m just going to talk about MotorSport. The beat is sick, Migos is great, but Nicki and Cardi Steal the show. Their voices are really hardcore, and it really highlights how well female rappers are doing now, in a non-gimmicky sort of way. I really love their verses, and Migos seems to compliment them well. So, there’s no doubt that Migos represents the “culture” whatever that may be. Maybe I wouldn’t be speaking so highly of this release if these features were not here, but, they are pretty great. So maybe Culture III will have 44 tracks? Why not check out at least the singles!