The Zeitgeist of Hip-Hop: Migos’ Culture
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The Zeitgeist of Hip-Hop: Migos’ Culture

Donald Glover, a.k.a. Childish Gambino, set social media ablaze with all things Migos on January 8th when he shouted out the Atlanta hip-hop trio and their single “Bad and Boujee” during his first Golden Globes acceptance speech. The big ups to Migos increased Spotify streams of the single by a staggering 243 percent and it didn’t stop there—Glover confirmed an upcoming collaboration with the group and proclaimed Migos “the Beatles of this generation.” Currently, “Bad and Boujee” is the number one song on the Billboard 100.

Migos, no strangers to the charts, have ruled the past few years with singles such as “Versace” with a feature by Drake, “Look at my Dab,” and “Fight Night,” but would the string of successes continue for the trap trio upon the release of their latest musical effort?

With much hype and anticipation, Migos released their sophomore full-length album, Culture, on January 27th with features from heavy-hitters like Gucci Mane, Travis Scott, Lil Uzi Vert and 2 Chainz. Upon listening to the album through, I could not help but notice the vocal seamlessness of Qauvo, Offset, and Takeoff—a melodic and literal representation of their growth since their 2013 mixtape, Y.R.N. (Young Rich N****s). Migos’ growth spurt did not leave their signature catchy hooks and undeniable chemistry in the dust, but played on these strengths and set the bar for the future of hip-hop.

Most of the 13 songs on the album feature a heavy bass line without sounding indistinguishable from one another as unique songs. Being said, Migos has gone from mastering the art of the single to mastering the art of the album.

The Migos, without hesitation, have launched beyond notoriety into superstar status.

 

If you’re bad and boujee, you will (probably) like these tracks from Culture:

  • “Get Right Witcha”
  • “Slippery (feat. Gucci Mane)”
  • “Deadz (feat. 2 Chainz)”
  • “Out Yo Way”
Cowboy Junkies ‘The Kennedy Suite’ Review
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Cowboy Junkies ‘The Kennedy Suite’ Review

For Fans Of: Pretenders / Pearl Jam

Just in time to mark the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination, Canadian alternative-folk band The Cowboy Junkies have returned to release their new concept album The Kennedy Suite. Available as of November 12th, the album, which was seven years in the making, provides a unique perspective on a tragic historical event who’s story has been told time and time again.

Beginning with a prologue integrating audio snippets from John F Kennedy’s inauguration, the album develops a truly unique interpretation of the 1963 tragedy. A stand out in this regard, is “Bullet For You” which combines six different vocalists conspiring on the president’s fate upon arrival in Dallas, with haunting lyrics stating “I’ve got a bullet for you, I’m on a black-tar rooftop…like a trigger baby, light’s out with a twist.”

Additionally, another song on the album that really stands out is “Dallas Youth Auxiliary” which, in addition to provide an interesting take from the perspective of three sisters driving to meet the present, really exemplifies the historical context of the album. Among other songs on the album, “Dallas Youth Auxiliary” combines smooth harmonies and lofty melodies to truly embody the essence of early 1960s music.

Furthermore, another song on the album that really hit home was “Take Heart (Elbow)” which tells the days events from the perspective of a security guard placed in charge of protecting the President. Bringing to light a perspective that would often go unrecognized, the song features haunting lyrics stating “I couldn’t save my wife, I couldn’t save my daughter, but I may save myself if I can save you two.”

So if you’re looking to check out a truly unique album, give The Kennedy Suite a listen, you really won’t regret it, and the unique perspective it offers to the JFK assassination is guaranteed to be something you’ve never heard before.

To Download The Kennedy Suite click here.