Migos Flex With Zaytoven, a Keytar and Platinum Plaques at New York ‘Culture’ Show
A generously mild winter night in NYC was the backdrop for Migos mania. Every trap-loving millennial in the New York area ascended on the West Side for a release show that would never happen again: the Migos' album release show for their sophomore album Culture.
In a line that wrapped around the block to 9th Avenue, the all-ages crowd consisted of a healthy mix of hype beasts and bad and boujee chicks huddling together waiting to get inside. Though Highline Ballroom advertised that the doors to the venue would open at 7 p.m. and the show would start at promptly at 8, this is hip-hop. Everybody knew better. Fans began to file in around 8 p.m. Once upstairs, they were greeted by a table of new Culture merch. The VIP level of the venue was stocked with Rap Snacks. The Migos' "dab of ranch" flavor of course.
Drinks were flowing by 9:30 p.m. when Atlanta's beloved trio finally made their way on stage. Smoking blunts and rocking the new merch themselves, Migos posed for everyone's camera phones and then started off with the album's title track. As the sides of the stage filled with members of the QC entourage, famous ATL beat smith Zaytoven appeared to play a keytar—a real keytar—live on stage with the group for "Get Right Witcha."
With the album being out less than 24 hours, it was surprising to see and hear how many in the audience knew the verses of the new tracks. "All Ass," "Brown Paper Bags" and "Kelly Price" were crowd favorites and kids started a crazy mosh pit as instructed by Quavo for "Deadz." Before diving into the biggest hit of their careers, Migos made sure to get in a moment of platinum level flexing—literally.
"We got the number one song in American 'cause of y'all," said Quavo on the mic, as team members brought out the platinum plaques for "Bad and Boujee." The emergence of these plaques only heightened the pandemonium and by the time the DJ dropped their beat, the floor was shaking. Instead of cutting out Lil Uzi Vert's verse, the guys freestyled over the beat.
Rather than ending their set with "Bad and Boujee," Quavo, Takeoff and Offset calmed down the crowd by performing the most laid back cut on the album, "Out Yo Way" and promised dates for "Culture tour coming soon."
Earlier in the week, Migos had paid a visit to Power 105.1's Breakfast Club where they expressed the point of the new album was to prove they deserve more respect for spreading Atlanta's rap culture.
“We need the world to respect us,” Quavo told Charlamagne, Angela Yee and DJ Envy. “They consume a lot of hits and just act like it wasn’t… I ain’t never seen nobody make these many hits and not get notified for it. And change the game like we did and bring the flow to the game the way we did and not get noticed for it, like the big way, the real system way."
With a successful sold out show like last night's turn up, a No. 1 streaming album and a full tour in the works, it looks like Migos are finally getting the recognition they deserve.
Check out some of XXL's social media coverage from last night's Migos takeover below and peep which lyrics fans are feeling from Culture so far.
Fans Choose Their Favorite Lyrics From Migos' 'Culture' Album