Culture II: Migos continue to shine

Written by: Alex Cotterman

Following their critically acclaimed 2017 album Culture, Migos released the highly anticipated sequel, Culture II. The Atlanta based hip-hop group composed of Quavo, Offset and Takeoff earned two Grammy nominations following their mainstream debut in 2017. Culture II was a rightful and triumphant follow up for the group.

The hefty 24-song album runs for a grand total of an hour-and-45-minutes, almost doubling the size of the original Culture. The tracklist features big names from the hip-hop landscape like Drake, Gucci Mane, Travis Scott, Big Sean, Ty Dolla $ign, 21 Savage, Cardi B, Nicki Minaj, Post Malone and 2 Chainz. The record also has big name producers like Murda Beatz, Metro Boomin and Kanye West in the credits.

The album, was preceded by three singles. “Motorsport ft. Nicki Minaj and Cardi B” was released Oct. 27, 2017, “Stir Fry” was released Dec. 20 and “Supastars” was released Jan. 22, 2018. The three singles were met with mixed reviews. Big name features helped “Motorsport” become one of the hottest tracks upon the albums release date. “Stir Fry” deviates a bit from Migos regular style, but, to me, it is one of the best tracks on the whole record. “Supastars” is a solid, but unremarkable track.

The strength of this album are the featured tracks. “White Sand ft. Big Sean and Travis Scott” is personally my favorite song on the entire album. “Walk It Talk It ft. Drake” is bound to be a radio hit. “Notice Me ft. Post Malone” is another terrific song as Post Malone builds on his nearly sterling track record.

The groups solo songs are some of the best Migos has made. “Higher We Go”, “Narcos” “Gang Gang” and “Made Men” are some of the standouts. Migos songs have largely used the same style since their 2013 debut. The reason these songs stand out is that they put a spin on that structure. They are able to create new ways to tell the same story.

Culture II absolutely improves on the original Culture. Even the worst Migos songs still have enjoyment to be found whether it be in the beats, clever lyricism or the fun ad libs. Luckily this album doesn’t have a lot of songs that you need to search to enjoy. While the lengthy run time seems a bit much, the content of the songs more than makes up for it. Culture II is absolutely worth listening to and is my early front runner for Rap Album of the Year.

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