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With a major co-sign from Drake, Migos have officially broken outside of their world in the Atlanta club scene. Quavo and TakeOff are currently operating as a duo since their third member, Offset, is serving time for a probation violation charge. Still, the pair don’t believe that is a setback. In fact, they see it as motivation to work harder, consistently reminding anyone who interviews them that Offset will be home soon. Once their third Bando brother comes out, it’s back to grinding and making moves.
Until Migos is whole again, Quavo and TakeOff will attempt to put everything on their shoulders to try and make it big. Their two biggest singles—“Bando” and “Versace”—have been a strong start, with both records burning up the clubs of late. “Versace” has gained the most traction, with the Zaytoven-produced banger evolving into the most ubiquitous beat in hip-hop. Part of their recent success comes from the recently-released mixtape, Young Rich Niggas, which has over 1.8 million views on LiveMixtapes. Another part has to do with their work ethic, which attracted local artist-manager Coach K—who oversaw the careers of Young Jeezy and Gucci Mane—to assist in guiding the group.
“What really got me was they invited me out to Mansion,” K tells XXL on seeing them live for the first time. “They performed like seven songs. The whole crowd—it was probably like 1,500 to 2,000 kids—the whole club was singing shit, word for word. Every last song. After that I was like, ‘What are we doing? Let’s go.’”
If their buzz is any indication of what’s to come, it looks like K will have his hands full soon. XXL had an opportunity to speak with Migos during their week-long press run in New York. While our discussion was straightforward, the duo opened up about building buzz,working with Zaytoven and Soulja Boy, and whether a major label deal is in their sights. After all, it’s on to the next one.—Eric Diep (@E_Diep)