What happens when a trap boy matures? You get Culture. On their sophomore studio effort, Migos has harnessed but refined the energy on their 2015 release, Yung Rich Nation. More polished and slightly subdued, it’s trap with a dab Grey Poupon.
On standouts like “Get Right Witcha”, “T-Shirt” and of course, “Bad and Boujee”, the Georgia trio showcase their signature vibrant flow and perfect chemistry. It’s hard to sit still through infectious tracks like “Call Casting” or the delightfully braggadocious “Big on Big” and “Deadz”, featuring College Park’s finest 2 Chainz, grips you with its ignorant, wake-the-neighbours bass.
But despite the highlights, something about the production on Culture is slightly off. Bland and lacking much character, the beats for the most part fail to match the trio’s usual boisterous and lively delivery. There are a few exceptions to this (“All Ass”, “T-Shirt”), but for the most part, it’s Quavo, Offset and Takeoff’s delivery that carries the album while the beats leave much to be desired. This is an interesting complaint to have, however. These days, it’s usually stellar production that buries a mediocre artist’s flaws. But enough about Rick Ross…this review isn’t about him.
Overall, the beats are too forgettable to give the album much staying power. But thanks to Migos’ unbeatable flow and chemistry, Culture is enough to brighten up an otherwise lacklustre January.