April 25, 2017

Stadium Stage: Migos

Stadium Stage: Migos
Migos was formed in 2009, by Quavo (born Quavious Keyate Marshall), Takeoff (born Kirshnik Khari Ball) and Offset (born Kiari Kendrell Cephus), originally known as Polo Club & from Lawrenceville, Georgia. The three members are directly related and were raised together; Quavo is Takeoff’s uncle, and Offset is Quavo’s cousin. The group released their first full-length project, a mixtape titled Juug Season, on August 25, 2011. They followed with the mixtape No Label, on June 1, 2012.
In 2013, Migos released their breakout single “Versace”. The single was produced by Zaytoven and peaked at number 99 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart. Later that year, Canadian rapper Drake brought the single more recognition when he remixed the song, adding a verse. On June 13, Migos released their mixtape Y.R.N. (Young Rich Niggas), which features the lead single “Versace”, to critical acclaim. Brandon Soderberg of Spin gave it 8 out of 10 stars, commenting that it “is a super-cut of Dirty South vibes” and compared the three members to Gucci Mane, Soulja Boy and Future.
On February 25, 2014, Migos released the sequel to their second mixtape, titling it No Label 2. The tape was downloaded over 100,000 times in the first week of its release and was certified gold on popular mixtape sharing site DatPiff.
On March 14, 2014, it was revealed by Migos’ mixtape Y.R.N. 2, that this project has turned out to be a full-fledged album. The trio are looking to put it up for amount of 20 songs on their effort. In June 2014, it was then revealed, that Migos has signed a deal to 300 Entertainment, which is distributed by Atlantic Records.
On February 5, 2015, Migos released the first single from the album, entitled “One Time”. On March 23, 2015, the group released a music video for the single, as a part of a cross-promotion with the YouTube Music Awards. The single peaked at number 34 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. After a slight delay, because of the Georgia Southern University incident (which led to Offset’s incarceration), Migos’ debut album Yung Rich Nation (originally titled Y.R.N.: Tha Album), was released on July 31, 2015, featuring some guest appearances from Chris Brown and Young Thug. Yung Rich Nation received generally positive reviews from music critics. In its first week, the album sold 15,000 copies and came in at number 3 on the Top Rap Albums Charts.
Migos has said that the group had already completed their second studio album. The track “Fantastic”, featuring Lil Wayne, will be included on the album. They would also like to collaborate with rapper Nas.
In September 2015, Migos went independent.
On September 17, Migos Released a new mixtape titled, Back to the Bando. Although fellow member Offset is still incarcerated, Migos continues to release music at a rapid pace. The first song off the mixtape, “Look at My Dab”, was released on September 6. It was officially released as a single through iTunes on October 30. The song has gained worldwide attention ever since Migos and other known people such Odell Beckham Jr. and Cam Newton have been doing the signature dance move called “dabbing”.
On October 22, Migos and Rich the Kid released Streets on Lock 4. Migos was originally supposed to release the highly anticipated collaboration mixtape with Young Thug entitled MigoThuggin in Late 2016 but shelved. Migos will be going on their Dab Tour which wiil feature fellow label mate Skippa da Flippa. Their follow up mixtape to YRN sequel, Young Rich Niggas 2 was released on January 18.
On September 7, 2016, Kanye West announced that he had signed Migos to a management deal his GOOD Music imprint, however in January 2017, the group clarified that they are not affiliated with West’s label.
On October 28, 2016, Migos released the first single, titled “Bad and Boujee”, from their upcoming second studio album. The song was produced by Metro Boomin and features vocals from fellow American rapper Lil Uzi Vert. The music video for the single was released on October 31. The single went on to top the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Migos’ first number one single in the US following Childish Gambino’s shout out at the Golden Globe Awards. Their second album, Culture, was released on January 27, 2017.