Track Review: Migos, ‘What the Price’
Migos continue to deliver hard-hitting bangers. “What the Price” continues to round out the CULTURE Migos seek to establish.
Migos have elevated their profile tremendously. Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff look forward to a big year thanks to breakout success with no. 1 hit single, “Bad and Boujee.” The trio arrives with a new album, Culture (January 27, 2017). In addition to “Boujee,” Migos have released numerous singles, including “What the Price.”
“What the Price” opens with electric guitar. This is definitely a departure from previous singles arriving ahead of Culture. Quavo handles a monumental intro: “Tell me the price…No surprise.” Interestingly, Quavo is drenched in autotune on this song. Takeoff and Quavo follow-up with the hook:
“What’s the price? / Prices, prices, going up…”
Takeoff takes the first verse, spitting:
“Tell me what the preacher preach about / Tell me what the teacher teach about / I’ma go find me a better route / that bullshit and cap you can leave it out.”
Essentially, Takeoff touts street smarts as opposed to Biblical or book smarts. It may not please the religious or the educated, but it ranks among the most honest, clever lines of the song. Takeoff doesn’t deny God himself, though he makes it clear he’s not running to the church either.
Offset takes the second verse. Featuring numerous lyrical gems, among the crème de la crème: “I done brought out a big bag today…” That’s depth folks. He later asserts, “Got your ho at the condo, no clothes, yeah / Climb on a young n*gga pole, yeah…” There it is!
“What the Price” gives Migos another hard-hitting banger. It Doesn’t supplant “Bad and Boujee,” but it is definitely worthwhile.