Migos Discusses Building Buzz, ‘Y.R.N.,’ And Recording A Vault’s Worth Of Music

Migos

On their recording process

Quavo: 15 to 20 minutes, you got a song. 45 minutes, you got two songs. Two hours, you got three songs.

TakeOff: It keeps adding up. Full songs, though, not just a chorus.

Quavo: A full day, you have about seven songs. A week, you got a mixtape. And a month, you got a catalogue. Two months, you got a vault. You want me to keep going?

TakeOff: [Laughs]

Influences

Quavo: Pure Southern rap. Just all southern rap.

TakeOff: OutKast.

Quavo: All Southern rap got something to make your head bob. You know? All Southern rap. Every rap from the South we like. I ain’t saying I don’t fuck with [other regions of rap], I just don’t like to listen to it.

TakeOff: I just prefer to listen to the South. It’s all cool though.

Quavo: I ain’t saying what they make ain’t hard.

TakeOff: I really just listen to the Southside, my music.

Quavo: [Gucci or Outkast’s music] was inspiration.

TakeOff: Just looking at them, we wanted to be in the same lane.

Quavo: You can’t put yourself behind nobody anyway like that. You gotta take bits and pieces and put it in your own way. Your own life experiences.

TakeOff: We’ve always liked music.

Quavo: All the Southern rap. We just looked up to everybody and just decided to put our words together and do it. And go in. It was all throughout high school, we was already playing around with it. We just always been rapping. After high school, we just really put out our own money to our sales. Just trying to take it from there and run with it.

TakeOff: Going to the clubs. Every weekend. Every Friday, Mansion Elan. Saturday, Obsessions. Going to get your music played. Showing your face.

Quavo: Even before the big clubs, we just stayed consistent in the little clubs in Gwinnett. Like Flamingo, Luckie’s, Sky Lounge, Liquid Lounge. Like, we took over all the clubs in Gwinnett. Every time, we just graduate. Like graduate to a club, a club, a club.

TakeOff: Staying consistent and keep on pushing.

Quavo: “Bando” is still hot.