10 of the Best Slept-On Migos Songs
The Migos shouldn't be here right now. Almost four years ago, they released their Y.R.N. mixtape, which included songs like "Bando," Versace" and "Hannah Montana." Almost overnight, they were an industry sensation, with Drake swooping in to give their song "Versace" his stimulus treatment. The collaboration boosted the Atlanta group's already-rising profile, but with a Drake remix comes a price: artists like iLoveMakonnen and Fetty Wap enjoyed increased popularity after Drizzy hopped on their records, but have been unable to capture the same momentum in the aftermath.
Almost two years passed before the Migos released their proper debut album, Yung Rich Nation, and though it boasted strong singles like "One Time" and "Pipe It Up," it didn't capture the energy they had injected into the game nearly two years prior. The album sold a mere 14,500 copies first week, and the criticism came swiftly: by all accounts, the Migos were finished.
But a couple months after the album dropped, they returned with the Back to the Bando mixtape featuring a song called "Look at My Dab." Helping to popularize the dab, they rode the wave of the dance craze as the tide of Atlanta rappers continued to rise. Offset had been imprisoned for a portion of 2015, and when he was released in December, the group wasted no time announcing their Dab tour. "Minor setback for a major comeback," they rapped on "Case Closed," a record they dropped soon after Offset was freed.
What followed was a period of relative hibernation for Quavo, Offset and Takeoff. They'd flooded fans with 14 mixtapes in five years and had a dormant but hungry core fan base. In May of 2016, they released "Cocoon," one of their strongest records in awhile, and they followed that up with "Say Sum," relying heavily on melody. It wasn't anything people hadn't heard from the group before, but it signaled a new direction, and it paid off. In July, they released a short five-track EP called 3 Way, and many believed it was the best project they'd released in years.
2016 was also the year Quavo started building his own following with features on songs like Young Thug and Travis Scott's "Pick Up the Phone," YFN Lucci's "Key to the Streets" and Kanye West's "Champions." The sudden adoration for Quavo came quickly, setting the stage for their No. 1 smash hit "Bad and Boujee." Now they're on top of the world.
So with Culture dropping Friday and the world already up on their biggest singles, we dig through their massive catalog and find the best Migos songs that fans might have forgotten.