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Culture, Take Two

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On January 26, 2018, rap group, Migos, released their new mixtape, Culture 2. This album came out only a year after it’s predecessor, Culture. The mixtape has 24 songs, with two pre released singles, “Motorsport” and “Stir Fry.” There are many chart toppers from the mix including, “Higher We Go,” “Supastars,” and “Narcos”. Throughout the songs, the Migos strayed from their usual multisyllabic, baton-passing style to party starters and funky collaborations. More artists featured on the album include, Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, Pharrell Williams, and Kanye West among many others.
The album was not well received by many people because the album has 24 tracks, which totaled one hour and 6 minutes. Senior, Adam Bibey, said, “It took me a while to actually listen to the album because it got boring quickly. The Migos are good at making hit songs not making albums.” Improvements to the album could have included cutting the track list down because most of the songs sound the same, long, drawn out and repetitive.
Despite some of the negative feedback, the recommended songs by me to listen to are “Stir Fry,” “Walk it Talk it,” “Supastars,” “Motorsport,” “BBO,” and “Narcos.” Junior, Ty Khare said, “My favorite song is ‘Stir Fry’ because the beat is very nice and hype while the vocals are also on point.” When asked about which Culture album he enjoyed more, he said, “The first one no doubt. It is way more enjoyable and you can listen to the tape more than once.” In the first mixtape, there was a variety of beats and melodies that kept the tracks interesting. This is a stark contrast from the monostyle second album.
It was disappointing because it seems as if Migos chose to focus on making more money than to produce a solid album for their fans. To solve the issue, they could have easily made the album shorter with all the best songs from the mixtape. The release of “Culture 2” seemed slightly rushed, while many loyal fans believe the group wanted more streams and a higher chance of their songs making the top charts. Unfortunately, this album did not live up to the hype of the first Culture tape, possibly hurting the Migos in the long run. Hopefully on their next album they will take their time and it will be much more enjoyable than the last.

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