While the wait is over for Culture III, Migos‘ fans were patiently waiting to see what the YRN trio has been up to for the past three years.
Plenty has happened between the initial release of Culture and where we are now — on the cusp of yet another full-length project from the Quality Control collective.
While their last album was released in 2018, all three Atlanta natives have still found themselves at the center of any conversation regarding trap music. Between their signature triplet flows and insanely catchy cadences, Quavo, Takeoff and Offset have all become well-respected veterans in the game — both individually and as a group.
As far as what we already know about the Culture III, information is still relatively scarce. The Migos have sporadically released a few singles over the course of the past year, giving fans a good taste of what’s to come in the near future.
“Need It” is a fast-paced track that features NBA Youngboy trading bars with Offset, followed by an equally high-energy verse from Takeoff and Quavo. They also released “Give No Fxk” with contributions from long-time collaborators Travis Scott and Young Thug. Most recently, we received “Straightenin”, which feels like a resurrection of the “YRN” era Migos. Despite dropping a couple of off-handed singles in “Racks 2 Skinny” and “Taco Tuesday,” it is unclear which of these, if any, will make it on the album.
Not only have the Migos kept fans hungry for more music, they dropped their star-studded track list Tuesday for Culture III. Listeners can expect posthumous features from Pop Smoke — who worked with Quavo multiple times prior to his untimely passing — and also the late Juice WRLD. Given the Migos’ track record, we knew we could expect top-tier features and production.
Other collaborators include: Polo G (who will be dropping his own album, Hall of Fame, on the same day), Cardi B, Drake, Justin Bieber and Future.
#CULTURE3 TRACKLIST.— Complex Music (@ComplexMusic) June 8, 2021
f/ @Drake, @iamcardib, @Polo_Capalot, @1future, @justinbieber, Juice WRLD, Pop Smoke, NBA YoungBoy pic.twitter.com/ILidqeWcj3
As their rollout continued with tweets, photos and other social media posts, the Migos released another upcoming album cut in “Avalanche” Wednesday night. Featuring heavy 808s, tinny hi-hats and a Motown sample with trumpet solos and rhythm guitar licks, “Avalanche’s” sound is quite different from the Migos’ usual bread and butter. Nevertheless, it provides a fresh look into the Migos’ ability to ride the wave of any beat they choose — this one in particular — with ease.
Quavo, Takeoff and Offset trade verses masterfully on this track, however, it is Takeoff who steals the light from his partners — showcasing his lyrical capabilities in the form of a nonstop, one-minute long verse.
Needless to say, since Culture III’s original announcement in 2019, the hype for this album has been surmounting greatly for the past few years. The Migos have managed to remain relevant — even when they aren’t performing or releasing music together — as they are looking to reunite once again on June 11.