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Migos: A Cultural Treasure

Takeoff, Quavo, and Offset…the Migos.

The North Atlanta natives have taken the music world by storm. Having already been widely known for hits like Bando and Chirpin, the Migos’ career skyrocketed when Drake hopped on the remix to one of their biggest songs to date: Versace.

Just in case you needed a reminder of the super single:

After the success of the upbeat bop, the Migos became the hottest group out. Going on to cross genres and collaborate with the likes of Frank Ocean, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Calvin Harris, and Fall Out Boy to name a few.

Where did this triumphant trio come from?

Quavious, Kiari, and Kirshnik, or; Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff are from Lawrenceville, GA. The nawfside of Atlanta. The rap group formed in 2009, but the three have been woven into each other’s lives from birth. Quavo is Takeoff’s uncle and Offset’s cousin.

Having such a close bond only made for better chemistry. (They lowkey are Destiny’s Child lol) Shortening the Spanish word for “friends,” their creativity and ingenuity speaks before you even get to hear their music.

Family ties make great for performing acts. Take The Jackson 5, The Wayans Family, Tia and Tamera Mowry…the list goes on.

Not only are the Migos music legends, but they’re also fashion icons. Drawing inspiration from the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson. They’re not the first artists to take inspiration from these legendary artists and certainly won’t be the last. Saying this, Migos has more than likely inspired a number of artists in the industry right now, as well as up and coming artists. There are probably kids out there sitting in their bedrooms right now listening to Migos and checking out sites like upyourplays, wishing they could release their own music, in the hopes of being as big as these guys! It is not impossible, as they are proof it is possible.

Check out this video of the three expressing their eye for design and explaining MJ’s impact as they prepare for the Grammys

”I really want to thank Migos for making Bad and Boujee, it’s the best song ever.” – Donald Glover at the Golden Globes

The Migos received kudos across the board. Actors, singers, and athletes alike have all given praise to the trifecta.

Glover continues to say that the Migos are “The Beatles of our generation and don’t get enough respect.

A notion that I fully back. Subsequently, Bad and Boujee peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 list, ironically knocking down Rae Sremmurd & Gucci Mane’s Black Beatles. After reaching the #1 slot, Migos released their second studio album, Culture.

The album featured songs like: T-Shirt, Slippery ft Gucci Mane, Call Casting, and Get Right Witcha.

A year later they released the sequel, Culture II.

This time there is something different about the Migos. A bolder sense of confidence and creativity. This album features production from Hip-Hop elites Pharrell Williams & Kanye West as well as Metro Boomin, Ty Dolla $ign, OG Parker, Zaytoven, and Quavo himself.

The group has continuously sought out more engaging visuals for their music. Take the progression of their video narratives. They’ve successfully gone from 2 minute music videos to short films. Short films in which we get to see a glimpse of their personalities and what influenced them as children.

The videos for their singles Stir Fry and Walk it Like I Talk it, are especially fun to watch. They both bring a sense of nostalgia. In Stir Fry the trio assume the roles of Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker in the 90’s classic Rush Hour. In the video for Walk it Like I Talk it, they take it back a littler farther, to our parents’ generation. On a full blown replica set, the Migos partied like it was the 70’s on Soul Train. With Drake and Jamie Foxx in cast for extra laughs.

Soul Train served as a cultural oasis. Giving a platform to R&B, soul, dance/pop and hip hop artists, funk, jazz, disco and gospel artists.

And this ladies and gentlemen is why the Migos are culture treasures. In a span of fives years the Migos have taught us what a Bando is, they’ve given us fiery ad-libs to spice up our boring conversations—MAMA! They love Michael Jackson. Impressed Trap gawd LaFlare Gucci Mane. They’ve redefined male fashion, taught us how to dab accurately and overall they keep giving us nothing but the HITS!

We must protect and cherish the Migos at all costs.

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New Unreleased Kendrick Lamar Tracks Seize the Internet

Eight previously unreleased Kendrick Lamar tracks have hit the internet. The cover art reads ” Bad Kid Chill City: A Short Film by Kendrick Lamar.” Was this supposed to be his second studio album instead of To Pimp a Butterfly? After all, it was released three years after his debut. Should we be expecting a mini-movie? Kendrick is a multi-talented artist, one could only wonder what content he has stashed away.
In the first song “Gang Member” Kendrick Lamar references his monstrous debut album, “Good Kid Maad City.” Bad Kid Chill City” sounds like a softer appendage of GKMC. The song composition is very much so ‘chill.’ Yet it is filled with imagery and is not short of soulful tracks. Sza, and Isaiah Rashad harmonize on two of those soulful songs, while Jay Rock, Ab Soul, and Busta Rhyme compliment Kendrick’s intricate bars with their own.
Enjoy Bad Kid Chill City below:
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Amir Ali Bares it all With 'This 1 For Gordy'

It’s not bragging if you back it up.

Just a few weeks after releasing his latest project Amir Ali is back. The 24-year-old is a rapper from West Philadelphia who shares his views over thought provoking melodic beats. Talk about “make it look easy,” Ali floats on any instrumental. The memory of one of his closest friends is woven through his lyrics, fueling the fire he leaves on the track. This is a small window into his daily thoughts.
When asked about his musical influences Ali casts a wide net across genres. Giving credit to Michael Jackson, Lil Wayne, Hov, Jadakiss, Trouble and battle rapper Reed Dollaz.
Ali plans to release an 11-track EP in October in celebration of his birthday.
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For now, you can check out his single “5179” above and his EP ‘This 1 for Gordy‘ below.
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Amir Ali Bares it all With ‘This 1 For Gordy’

It’s not bragging if you back it up.

Just a few weeks after releasing his latest project Amir Ali is back. The 24-year-old is a rapper from West Philadelphia who shares his views over thought provoking melodic beats. Talk about “make it look easy,” Ali floats on any instrumental. The memory of one of his closest friends is woven through his lyrics, fueling the fire he leaves on the track. This is a small window into his daily thoughts.

When asked about his musical influences Ali casts a wide net across genres. Giving credit to Michael Jackson, Lil Wayne, Hov, Jadakiss, Trouble and battle rapper Reed Dollaz.

Ali plans to release an 11-track EP in October in celebration of his birthday.

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For now, you can check out his single “5179” above and his EP ‘This 1 for Gordy‘ below.

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Migos: A Cultural Treasure

Takeoff, Quavo, and Offset…the Migos.

The North Atlanta natives have taken the music world by storm. Having already been widely known for hits like Bando and Chirpin, the Migos’ career skyrocketed when Drake hopped on the remix to one of their biggest songs to date: Versace.
Just in case you needed a reminder of the super single:
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After the success of the upbeat bop, the Migos became the hottest group out. Going on to cross genres and collaborate with the likes of Frank Ocean, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Calvin Harris, and Fall Out Boy to name a few.

Where did this triumphant trio come from?


Quavious, Kiari, and Kirshnik, or; Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff are from Lawrenceville, GA. The nawfside of Atlanta. The rap group formed in 2009, but the three have been woven into each other’s lives from birth. Quavo is Takeoff’s uncle and Offset’s cousin.
Having such a close bond only made for better chemistry. (They lowkey are Destiny’s Child lol) Shortening the Spanish word for “friends,” their creativity and ingenuity speaks before you even get to hear their music.
Family ties make great for performing acts. Take The Jackson 5, The Wayans Family, Tia and Tamera Mowry…the list goes on.
Not only are the Migos music legends, they’re fashion icons. Drawing inspiration from the King of Pop himself, Michael Jackson. Check out this video of the three expressing their eye for design and explaining MJ’s impact as they prepare for the Grammys
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”I really want to thank Migos for making Bad and Boujee, it’s the best song ever.” – Donald Glover at the Golden Globes

The Migos received kudos across the board. Actors, singers, and athletes alike have all given praise to the trifecta.

Glover continues to say that the Migos are “The Beatles of our generation and don’t get enough respect.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A notion that I fully back. Subsequently, Bad and Boujee peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 list, ironically knocking down Rae Sremmurd & Gucci Mane’s Black Beatles. After reaching the #1 slot, Migos released their second studio album, Culture.
The album featured songs like: T-Shirt, Slippery ft Gucci Mane, Call Casting, and Get Right Witcha.
 
 
A year later they released the sequel, Culture II.

This time there is something different about the Migos. A bolder sense of confidence and creativity. This album features production from Hip-Hop elites Pharrell Williams & Kanye West as well as Metro Boomin, Ty Dolla $ign, OG Parker, Zaytoven, and Quavo himself.
The group has continuously sought out more engaging visuals for their music. Take the progression of their video narratives. They’ve successfully gone from 2 minute music videos to short films. Short films in which we get to see a glimpse of their personalities and what influenced them as children.
The videos for their singles Stir Fry and Walk it Like I Talk it, are especially fun to watch. They both bring a sense of nostalgia. In Stir Fry the trio assume the roles of Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker in the 90’s classic Rush Hour. In the video for Walk it Like I Talk it, they take it back a littler farther, to our parents’ generation. On a full blown replica set, the Migos partied like it was the 70’s on Soul Train. With Drake and Jamie Foxx in cast for extra laughs.
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Soul Train served as a cultural oasis. Giving a platform to R&B, soul, dance/pop and hip hop artists, funk, jazz, disco and gospel artists.
And this ladies and gentlemen is why the Migos are culture treasures. In a span of fives years the Migos have taught us what a Bando is, they’ve given us fiery ad-libs to spice up our boring conversations—MAMA! They love Michael Jackson. Impressed Trap gawd LaFlare Gucci Mane. They’ve redefined male fashion, taught us how to dab accurately and overall they keep giving us nothing but the HITS!
We must protect and cherish the Migos at all costs

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Watch: Janelle Monáe Shares New Music

It’s Primetime

Today, Janelle Monáe revealed the name of her new album Dirty Computer, after baiting its release last week. The project is set to release April 28 via her own label Wondaland Records.
In addition to revealing her album’s title, Monáe also premiered two visuals for singles from the album. “Make Me Feel” is reminiscent of Prince’s “Kiss” lightly topped with a kick of Michael Jackson’s “In the Closet“.  While on “Django Jane” Janelle goes bar for bar listing her struggles and accomplishments. Check out the album artwork above and the videos below.
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