I'll be the first to admit: Migos isn't exactly the style of hip-hop I tend to cover. It's not that they're "ignorant" rap. Party rap is needed just as much as Public Enemy-inspired tracks and Migos bars are needed in hip-hop just as much as your “real shit”—as long as there’s a balance. But, something about Migos keeps me enthralled.
Perhaps it's that I like the beats they pick and they remind me of a very early Three 6 Mafia with a bit more trap and less occult references. Or that I like their chopped flow on certain tracks. “Fight Night,” while misogynistic as all hell, still gets the crowd moving, usually unapologetically. And I've also accepted that their style of turn-up is amazing when you've got a couple Jack and Cokes in your system. While I don’t really drink anymore, their energy remains the same on their first official release.
After you get past the energy, though, you're left with an album that lacks the depth of, say, DS2. Essentially, we get more of the same from Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff. And that's, oddly enough, not a bad thing. Migos knows its lane. They're not going to make a "Get By," or at least not one from a Talib Kweli standpoint. We do get deeper than we get on the singles with each member speaking on situations other than juugs, dabs, and so on. But, when Migos stays in its lane—short bursts of energy steeped in a re-visitation of ‘90s feelings and a ton of trap—they’re oddly the strongest. Examples of this include “Migos Origin,” “Gangsta Rap,” and the jazz rap-meets-trap “Trap Funk” featuring Young Thug.
Final Verdict: Stream
Yung Rich Nation releases 7/31, but stream on Pandora now.