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Album Review: Culture III by Migos

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Migos is a hip hop trio from Georgia and the group consists of Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff. They first released their debut album in 2015, Yung Rich Nation. The album did okay, but they didn't really hit it big until the release of Culture, which started off their Culture trilogy. After several years of fans waiting, Migos release the third installment titled Culture III.

The first track from the album is Avalanche. This track was actually premiered a day before the release of Culture III on a night show. This track also samples The Temptations' track, Papa Was a Rollin' Stone. Really nothing too spectacular from this track, but I do enjoy the samples and the beat they were able to scrap together on here. Just as before, they seem to talk about their upbringing as well as talking about how they're living now.

After that, we have a Drake feature from Having Our Way. The beat is a bit weird with the string samples they put together on here. Other than that, Drake is a great feature to have on almost any track, but he definitely out shadows Migos on this track. He's featured on the introduction, has his own verse, and is featured on the chorus, so it almost doesn't even feel like a Migos track. It also seems like he's taking on a 'mumble rap' approach as well.

Straightenin was another single that was featured about a month before the album was released. Just like some of the other rappers have done in recent years, we have a flute-like sample. I don't understand the significance of having a flute sample since it seems like it's been overused now, but this track has been growing on me. Quavo seems to do a great job with the chorus of the track, which is one of the few praises I have for this track.

We have another feature on Type Shit, this time with Cardi B. Cardi B's feature actually feels like a feature since she just has her own verse, but I feel like they did her dirty since some of the other features got more air time. This time, we have more 'wavy' electronic notes featured on this track, as well as your usual trap-styled drums. Anyways, Cardi, just like the other Migos, talk about how they went from nothing to actually being able to afford luxurious things.

Malibu feels a bit different with the beat. It has some horn sections and the beat seems very short and stiff with the notes. We also have Polo G on this track, and he just turns the energy up since he delivers his verse better than Offset. However, Offset is able to match his energy when he comes back in, so I guess he makes up for it. I kind of wish Polo G had a larger part on this album since the energy starts to die down by the end of the track.

Birthday features some synths that used to be more prominent in late 2000s and early 2010s music, which I honestly kind of miss, so it's nice to hear that they brought it on this track. Anyways, on this track, they talk about it being this girl's birthday, however, they know that it isn't. They just want her to show it off like it is her birthday. They also seem to talk and flex about their cash again, which isn't anything new.

Modern Day seems to open up with some reversed and slowed down electronic clips to give the track an eerie feeling. I guess that might be what they were going for judging by the title of the track. They also reunite with one of their long-time collaborators, Murda Beatz. Offset seems to talk about how he is the 'dad in the industry'. He talks about how some other rappers have copied his style which makes them his 'kids'.

Vaccine opens up with another light and old flute sample. Again, I don't know what the fascination is with flute beats, but they're able to make it work on this track. Judging by the title of the track, I can only assume this is another reference to the pandemic with the vaccine being available. Also, just like several other people during the pandemic, they talk about how they were able to making money during quarantine.

I figured this feature was coming, but we have a feature with Future on Picasso. I'm also not surprised by the fact they are using a flute sample. Luckily it isn't overused on this track, but it's still there from time to time. It also seems like he's featured on a lot of the track, but I more so get bored during Quavo's verse when he just keeps up the same running flow. However, Takeoff is definitely underappreciated on this track.

Roadrunner brings is a lighter and brighter beat with some of the bell noises. We also get some decent booming bass on this track, which we haven't seen for quite a few tracks. The beat can probably be explained by the producer since Zaytoven was brought on here for this. Quavo is doing a bit better on this track, but Offset definitely slows them down on this one. As always, Takeoff really went off on this one so I feel like they need to utilize him more.

On the shortest track of the album, we have a surprising feature from Justin Bieber on What You See. It's also shocking to hear the acoustic guitar brought in at the beginning. The drumkits eventually come in, but it's a strange combination. Justin Bieber is mostly just used for the chorus section of the track, but he does have some adlibs during Quavo's verse. Yeah, I don't see why they decided to have Justin Bieber on this album.

Jane opens up with a trumpet sample, but it quickly cuts out for a a few seconds for a more trap-styled beat. There are some other eerie guitars that are strung throughout the track. It's become a favorite of mine just because it's different than some of the other tracks they were able to put together on the album. They talk about how this girl wants a 'Birkin' but she has to 'work it' for them. I can only assume that it has to do with the designer handbags.

Antisocial opens up with some orchestral strings which definitely sets a tone for a more serious track, as well as a darker track. It doesn't surprise me since they were able to feature Juice WRLD on this track. This track was originally just recorded by Juice WRLD, but they eventually got a version with the Migos members on here. Throughout the track, they talk about relationship issues as well as addiction. Quavo also mentions Pop Smoke on the track.

Why Not is another dark and eerie track with a horn and string sections they were able to sample on this one. The beat doesn't really change much and it seems kind of repetitive. While it's not a terrible beat, it's just easy to zone out and not really pay attention to what's going on during the track. Also not a huge fan of Offset on this track.

Mahomes is surprisingly one of the longest tracks on the album, clocking in at over five minutes in length. If you are a fan of football, you can easily expect that this track is about the Chiefs quarterback, Patrick Mahomes. If you can't tell by the chorus, they talk about just being successful and how everyone is wanting their kind of wealth. They actually switch their flow up quite a bit on this track, so it's a breath of fresh air for once.

It seems like we're getting stuck in a slowed down and mellow track slump with the continuation of Handle My Business. Just with the chords they've been selecting for the past few tracks, it just sets it up for a slower and darker turn. We get some synths and actually some slower trap-styled drums on this track. Just like some of the earlier tracks on the album, they talk about how they grew up and didn't know right from wrong.

Time For Me is another slow trap track. It opens up with a few synths notes as well as an inaudible female vocalist. It seems like Quavo takes the majority of the track himself, but he goes back to the days where they had to rob just to survive since they were hungry. They also talk about how their family is first and how they would do anything for them, as well as their closest friends. Definitely one of the only tracks where you can hear their story.

Light It Up finally livens up the album again. Also, you can easily tell that this track was made for Pop Smoke since they put a feature from him on here. You can have the deep and energetic bass, as well as the fast paced drum kits. This track was leaked about a year ago, but didn't end up making it on Pop Smoke's posthumous debut project then. Just glad it was officially released since it's a strong track towards the end of the album.

The final track we have on the album is Need It, which was a single for the album released over a year ago. It features some high pitched ringing noises as well as a messy bass part. We also have a feature from YoungBoy Never Broke Again. I'm surprised they didn't use the previous track as a closer since I feel like that would be more fitting. Anyways, they talk about their rough upbringing as well as a reference from Offset's cheating.

They really drowned out the album with a lot of unnecessary tracks. I'm starting to dislike that record labels are pumping out a lot of tracks hoping something will hit.
Overall Rating: 5/10
Favorite Tracks: Straightenin, Birthday, Roadrunner, Jane
 
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