Track Review: Migos, ‘T-Shirt’
Migos have elevated their profile tremendously. Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff can 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, arriving January 27, 2017. In addition to “Boujee,” Migos dropped more singles, including “T-Shirt.”
“T-Shirt” features slick production work. No less is expected from a hip-hop song, particularly a southern hip-hop song driven by production and swag. The production is malicious sounding, featuring a hard beat. Essentially, the M.O. is a tough-minded, gives no flips, sound.
Quavo handles the hook:
“Mama told me (aye) not to sell work (mama) / Seventeen five, same color T-shirt (white)…”
Takeoff handles post-hook duties:
“Young n*gga poppin’ with a pocket full of cottage / Woah kemosabe, chopper aimin’ at your noggin / had to cop the Audi, then the top I had to chop it / N*ggas pocket watchin, so I gotta keep the rocket…”
Takeoff goes on to rap the first verse. His approach is unique – a broken, staccato style of rap. The verse, hence, is incredibly gimmicky. There’s more swag and game as opposed to substance. Quavo takes the second verse, though his verse isn’t nearly as segmented as Takeoff’s. Offset follows, rapping the third verse. Quavo and Offset split a regular length verse, while Takeoff is the star with his earlier turn.
“T-Shirt” gives the Migos another banger. It isn’t particularly new, groundbreaking, or transcendent. That said, arguably, none of those adjectives – at least the latter two – accurately describe the “Bad and Boujee” rap trio.
Migos • Culture • 300 Entertainment • Release: 1.27.17
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