Culture II dropped last Friday as the successor to Migos’ commercially successful Culture album.
The Atlanta rap trio wants to solidify their status as raps biggest crew in the States. And while the first part seemed to follow the “throw shit at the wall and see what sticks” route – and to be fair a lot of shit stuck – it remains to be seen if they can create a round project which convinces from start to end.
Since the tracklist was announced with 24 tracks in advance, it was hard to imagine that Migos can put out an exciting and solid album over this many tracks. Their music basically focuses on modern trap beats, catchy hooks and simple parts – with a few intelligent, funny lines.
The album starts off with the track Higher We Go, which is a decent start to the album, the hook is actually quite entertaining with Quavo’s vocals seeming to be recorded in a big hall and allowing the song to grow on you. However, it wasn’t a sign of great progress from the first Culture LP.
And to save you and especially myself some time, a lot of this tape is, like Higher We Go, good, pretty catchy and well produced. But it just doesn’t have the diversity to justify a over 100 minute long project.
The highlights are surely all the feature parts since they bring in some variety into the monotony of this tape. Along the features you’re gonna enjoy tracks like the spanish influenced title Narcos, a guitar as the dominating instrument in the beat and a very latin style beat. The line “this is real rap no mumble” is one of the lyrical highlights on the tape since it shows the self awareness Migos still have.
The prereleased Stir Fry is very nice, especially due to it’s extremely memorable hook, again sung by Quavo. Gang Gang and Made Men come across poppy and soft, they have a strong R&B vibe to them and remind me of Partynextdoor’s work. Track 16 goes by the name of Open it Up, they epochal organ underlining the beat gives the song a nice depth and makes it very enjoyable.
One last mention goes out to the clear highlight of the album (along with pre released MotorSport), the Post Malone feature track Notice Me. A slower beat allows Post Malone to ride the beat with his voice, Quavo to come in with a great Bridge and the parts to put even more weight behind Migos most creative and funny punches (“Versace slippers; colour Burgundy”)
Summarizing, fans who can’t get enoigh of the typical migos type music will be happy with the whole of this tape. All the more casual listeners are well advised to listen to the album once and delete everything which feel too repeptive and generic. When you do that, you’ll end up with a list of about 10-15 songs which should be nice to listen to in one game.
Best 3 Tracks:
– Notice Me (feat. Post Malone)
– MotorSport (feat. Nicki Minaj & Cardi B)
– Made Men
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