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Migos - Culture III (Album Review)

Wednesday, 23 June 2021 Written by Milly McMahon

The final chapter of the Culture trilogy took a while to create, and it takes a while to listen to. Across 19 songs and 75 minutes Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff deliver ‘Culture III’, following a pandemic-extended delay that included solo records for the trio alongside simmering hype and expectation.

The blockbuster approach is reflected by a guestlist studded with high calibre rap and pop royalty, including Drake, Justin Bieber, Polo G, Future, and Cardi B, while Migos also include posthumous collaborations with Juice WRLD and Pop Smoke. The cumulative effect is that too much star wattage comes from outside the Migos circle, providing highlights amid an often predictable trap setting.

The most memorable tracks come in the form of Cardi B's immaculate verse on Type Shit, and all four rappers synthesise their flows effortlessly.

Drake’s rapid fire feature on Having Our Way, meanwhile, is club-ready. Produced by Wallis Lane, Azul Wynter, LoMastro and Preme, the track feels geared entirely towards a raging crowd let loose, post-pandemic. 

But Roadrunner bulldozes the bop-heavy flow of beats, bringing the fun abruptly to an end. The spark between Migos’ core trio falls flat, their vocals sound mundane and some tone-deaf 'Me Too'-aggravating lyrics feel distinctly dated and, quite frankly, distasteful.

Front-loaded, the album could have easily been cut down to a tighter 10 song edit. Faced with continual setbacks, Migos have nevertheless put together a gargantuan album strong enough to catapult them back into a relevant space. But in the cold light of day it is weakened by unpleasant overtures that are a mess of arrogance and ignorance.

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