In 2013 I was in my kitchen cooking dinner while my boyfriend played a collection of trap/drill music. It was a mixture of Chief Keef, Young Thug, and Migos. He was playing songs just to watch me roll my eyes. “They all sound the same to me, why would anybody listen to this.” Coming up in a household as the only child living among adults who ranged in age from 48 to 17, I heard a variety of what I believed is good ass music. From Ray Charles, to Maxwell, to Slick Rick, and N.W.A, I can’t deny that I’m a tad bit of a music snob. Born in 89, I experienced growing up during the golden age of Hip Hop. Like anybody who loves the lyricism of the 90s, I’ve had low tolerance for the new age rap that relies heavily on its producers and not so much on forming poignant thoughts through rhyme schemes and punchlines.
Well herein lies the problem, the original producers were DJs and everyone knows there would be no Hip Hop without the DJs. The original Emcees, spit catchy lyrics over familiar beats and the magic seemed to be in the simplicity of the rhymes. A lesson in Hip Hop history will make you less of music snob, but that wasn’t the turning point for me with Migos, and while I’m ashamed to admit that I’ve just recently caught the wave, I should’ve been a fan.
“Bad & Boujee” is Migos latest chart topping single. I wasn’t checking for the song until I seen a video posted of them doing a show in Nigeria (see below), the crowd was gassed up when the beat dropped and the infamous “Rain Drop, Drop Top” line came in full blast. Seeing how Hip Hop is still connecting cultures and continents gave me goosebumps. After watching the video a half dozen times, then playing “Bad & Boujee” 20 more times, I went through their catalog and thoroughly enjoyed myself. It made me regret my early dismissal of their sound, because it’s some of the best music to come out in the oversaturated rap era.
Young Rich Niggas is now in regular rotation and “Rich Than Famous” is not just a motto it’s a lifestyle. Seriously, listen to YRN and see if you can make it through the whole thing without bopping. It’s inspiring to see 3 Black men carve a way for themselves without taking on the pitfalls of signing to a label. They represent a mindset that all Black creatives should be adopting, never taking no for an answer, going into business for yourself, and never forget the ones you started with.
I’llI spend the first few months of the year familiarizing myself with Quavo, Takeoff, and Offset. And simultaneously trying to figure out which one is the “Beyoncé” of the group. I would like my readers and Migos to know, I apologize.
Oh yeah, shout out to Donald Glover for helping catapult "Bad & Boujee" to become the #1 song in the country. Look what happens when we stick together.