We Need To Talk About How Migos Shifted The Culture In 2017

By: Kayla Pasacreta

We need to talk about the cultural impact of Migos. Like seriously, put some respeck on their name! The hip-hop trio from Atlanta has been making bangers for years (hello, "First 48" and "Versace"), but 2017 has certainly been the group's stand-out year. Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff work together to carry a suave rap style that naturally just makes them trendsetters for the #culture. 

It’s time to let the culture be known. It’s time to claim it. And it’s time to claim that we are the Migos, and for people to understand that this is what we did. We did a lot for music. Migos is the culture. Seriously. There are artists that are way bigger than us that get recognition off our flow.
— Offset
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"Bad and Boujee" suddenly made every girl want to claim being boujee (and ended the debate of boujie vs boujee), the "Culture" album had everyone saying "for the culture" whenever someone did something to make the whole community proud, and even their line of Rap Snacks featuring flavors like "Sour Cream with A Dab of Ranch” helped further put them on. Donald Glover said it best when he crowned Migos "the Beatles of this generation." Migos has all the range, as shown through the hood-love melody of "Out Yo Way" or their slick Joe Budden-diss track "Ice Tray".

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Migos also has the unique gift of being able to prosper solo-dolo without damaging the group's dynamic. Just look at Quavo's features on songs like "Congratulations" with Post Malone and Offset's collab album "Without Warning" with 21 Savage. The rappers' individual flows and dignity aren't compromised by their involvement in the group. 

Migos T-shirt video, photo via  Youtube

Migos T-shirt video, photo via Youtube

Migos might be so freakin' special because songs like "Bad and Boujee" offer an intersection of respectability and ratchetness - isn't that what we all want? Migos always delivers their rap heat alongside music videos that make you want their style, cars, and unbeatable flow. The short-film like video for "T-Shirt" features the rappers in the mountains with some fly ass furs, bows and arrows, designer glasses, and iccccy jewelry; hence the "wrist on froze". The music video for "Motor Sport" offers a futuristic vibe, showing the rappers decked out in custom jackets and flying luxury cars like Lambos and Ferraris. 

"Motorsport" video, photo via  YouTube

"Motorsport" video, photo via YouTube

In a September interview with Montreality, Quavo described the group's impact, "Ain’t nobody right now who can say they ain’t took our flow at one point in their career," he continued. "We ain’t tripping, we never did trip. Hip-hop has changed in a big way, we changed it." And changed it, they have. They've enjoyed 2017 Billboard hits with songs like "Bad and Boujee, "Too Hotty", "Get Right Witcha", "Peek a Boo", and "Culture". You can't have a conversation about hip-hop in 2017 without mentioning and acknowledging Migos' versatility and domination of the charts.

Keeping putting on for the culture, Migos. 


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