Owens: Stop giving Migos the time of day


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Migos are releasing “Culture III” in early 2019, but is it really worth anyone’s time?

Tanner Owens

Standing in a sold out 7 Flags Events Center in Clive, Iowa, easily ranks as one of the worst nights of my life. Seeing Migos in concert wasn’t supposed to be this awful.

I had already witnessed four people pass out in front of me from heat exhaustion and witnessed them be carried through the venue by their legs and arms around 9:30 p.m. Migos should have been playing by that point, but instead they were still an hour away. At that point, things took a turn in the venue. The final opener of the night opted to throw his mixtapes into the crowd, promoting his brand.

The tired and frustrated fans didn’t take to that kindly and proceeded to break his CDs and throw back them back onto the stage. People had been booing the openers for more than 20 minutes at that point, angry at the promises from performers claiming “Migos are backstage right now, they’re getting ready for yall.”

There I stood in a sea of sweaty, angry hip-hop fans suffering from heat exhaustion. The headliners were nowhere to be found. How the venue managed to find the copious amount of awful openers is beyond me, but thousands of people and myself were forced to endure one of the least captivating and sometimes downright stupid opening acts I have ever seen.

A multitude of openers grazed the stage throughout the three-hour opening set. At the time I counted at least seven different rappers that performed in Migos’ absence.

Little did we in that venue know that Migos were still in Atlanta, kicked off their flight for refusing to store their luggage in the overhead bins.

Our reward for suffering that long to see the hottest group in hip-hop at the time? The worst live performance I have ever seen. A disgustingly short 45-minute set from three of rap’s least-charismatic ambassadors.

This experience solidified my already strong opinion that Migos is one of the worst groups to come out of the mumble rap explosion of the mid 2010s. 

The members of the group, Quavo, Offset and Takeoff, have taken a genre built on clever wordplay and superb production and dumbed it down into the equivalent of dumpster sludge.

They started out with a hot streak of singles the world fell in love with. “Bad and Boujee” and “Look at My Dab” captured my interest and I quickly became a follower of their work. But as time went on, the group became more narcissistic and I soon lost interest in what they put out. 

The only good thing to come out of the Migos madness is Quavo, who has branched out from Migos to be featured on multiple hits like Post Malone’s “Congratulations” and DJ Khalid’s “I’m the One.” Quavo has a bright future as a solo artist once Migos inevitably dissolves.

It would be the right move for Quavo to stray away from the group that brought him fame. Recent controversy stemming from Offset’s nasty ordeal with his wife, Cardi B, have put an unfavorable spotlight on the group and that issue seeps into every member’s reputation.

Offset’s efforts to win back his wife after cheating have been brutal to watch.

His stunt at Rolling Loud not only made Twitter lose its collective mind, but also damaged the reputation of the festival. Allowing Offset to hijack the first woman headliner’s concert was not a good look for a festival on the up-and-up in recent years. 

The Rolling Loud ordeal only solidified my thoughts on Offset, who has become so entranced by his own fame that he thinks he has the right to hijack his wife’s historic performance. In Offset’s vain attempts to win back Cardi B, he has only left a trail of destruction.

Although Offset is the least likable of the group due to his infidelity issues and the stunts he has pulled in attempts to get Cardi B back, he is not my least favorite member of Migos.

Takeoff is the reason people collapsed around me from heat exhaustion and is the reason why my $70 was wasted. Takeoff was determined to have been the unruly member of Migos on the Delta flight that led them to show up late to the Des Moines show. For that reason alone, he sits at the bottom of the Migos pile. 

Let me be clear that I’m not anti-mumble rap. I have tremendous respect for what Trippie Redd, Playboi Carti, Lil Uzi Vert and others have done for rap. But Migos just downright does not care about their fans or the music they make.

DJ Durell, who executive-produced “Culture II,” told Pigeons & Planes that Migos spent no more than 45 minutes per song on their most recent album. Although the songs were refined later in production, the end product truly showed off the fruits of their labor. Every song on that album reeked of a gross lack of effort.

With the upcoming release of “Culture III,” I wouldn’t expect much and I can’t even recommend giving it a chance.