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Following the tragic death of his cousin and Migos groupmate Takeoff, Offset has delayed his forthcoming sophomore solo album until further notice.
Originally set to drop on Friday (Nov. 11), a DM conversation between Set and STRAPPED revealed that the rapper has postponed the project due to Takeoff’s funeral processions this weekend. While Quavo and Takeoff explored their sound as a newfound duo on Only Built For Infinity Links, Offset has rode dolo for a majority of 2022.
Offset stepped away from the Migos to focus on his solo career earlier this year, as the Atlanta-bred emcee has been lighting up tracks of his own while “Unc and Phew” pumped out impressive joints in tandem. Recently hopping on Trippie Redd’s “Big 14” with Moneybagg Yo and “Step 1” with Sleazyworld Go, fans will have to wait a bit longer for Set’s sophomore solo album, reportedly titled BLAME IT ON SET.
Additionally, he changed his profile picture to Takeoff on Instagram, but has yet to comment or post anything in the wake of Takeoff’s passing. Expect tears to be shed and memories to be shared at Takeoff’s funeral on Friday at State Farm Arena in Atlanta.
Its lead single “54321” (Aug. 19) — which was produced by pgLang wunderkind Baby Keem — was just the start of Set’s “personal” new chapter. Sharing the album’s second track “Code” on Aug. 26 with Moneybagg, the album is said to be “full of hits, full of smashes… Y’all gon’ see how I’m coming, I’m coming crazy, all aspects of rap.”
“Code” is further evidence of Offset’s calls for perfection — riding the cinematic, hard-hitting beat as he and Yo trade visceral bars with ease. Swapping between a futuristic all-Balenciaga fit and a leather racing jacket, the colorful and charismatic Migo flexes his star power at every turn — continuing to flesh out his next record’s carefree, triumphant vibe.
“54321” was Offset’s first official single following rumors of the Migos breakup — whose future is still relatively unclear at this time. The track also stems from his 2019 LP Father Of 4, as his sophomore effort will contain 13 tracks and will presumably feature his wife Cardi B.
This is the second time Offset and Baby Keem have come together on a track, previously working on “We Did It Kid” off Kanye West’s DONDA 2. Riding the success of his debut album, The Melodic Blue, as well as his proximity to Kendrick Lamar and appearances on Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, Keem has become an anomaly in hip-hop. On “54321,” though, he takes a step back from the mic and is stationed behind the boards.
On top of features on Freddie Gibbs and G Herbo’s forthcoming albums, Offset is bolstering his star power on his own terms. Until he eventually reconnects with his Migos family, the ATL trap pioneer is dropping off the heat he’s been saving for himself.
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