All that glitters isn't gold

Migos' newest mixtape leaves a lot to be desired


Album: Rich Ni**a Timeline

Artist: Migos

Label: Atlantic Records

Release Date: Nov. 5

Grade: D-

It seems like just yesterday radio stations and aux-chord equipped cars across the country were blowing their speakers out to Migos’ hit single: Versace.

That was more than a year ago, and since then Quavo, Offset and Takeoff of the group Migos have cemented themselves as some of rap’s most popular MCs. While many people say they are just harbingers of the doom of rap music, Migos has garnered a vast and dedicated fan base in just over a year’s time.

Back again with their second mixtape of 2014, following February’s No Label II, the Atlanta rap trio has made a career out of catchy hooks, hilarious ad-libs and unique rhyme schemes. Unfortunately, the signature style the group has become famous for is almost non-existent in their newest mixtape.

Migos have never been known for their eloquent lyrics, so the distinct lack of quality wording won’t be held against them here. Unfortunately, many of the tropes that make Migos so different and popular aren’t very present in Rich Ni**a Timeline (RNT).

There are still a few songs on RNT that follow Migos’ classic recipe for success. First, you need a catchy beat that sounds like the background music to Runescape. Then, you need a catchy hook – the more outlandish the better. Add a sprinkle of funny ad-libs for flavor, and a Migos hit is born.

Only three or four songs on the tape follow this recipe, and those are the only memorable ones. “Hit ‘Em,” “Bachelor” and “Wishy Washy” redeem this mixtape from being complete and utter garbage.

The song “Move” gets an honorable mention due to just how absurd (and inadvertently hilarious) the hook is.

“Pull out the chopper, everybody move / Raw, baw, raw, graw, get the f*** back / Treat you like a cow, ni**a you better move / Move.”

Beside these tracks, there aren’t many more positives to mention.

The problem with the mixtape, and perhaps with Migos as a whole, is that they dug themselves into a hole in terms of music. The group has profited from hooks and beats and anything straying from their distinctive sound turns out badly.

Another huge problem with many of the songs on this mixtape is they drag on, seemingly forever.

At times I struggled to make it through the album. Some of the songs are almost unfishable because they were so unreasonably long and repetitive. A few of the songs were actually decent for a bit, but the hooks and absurd lack of lyricism by the group get quite annoying after the initial verse-hook-chorus combo.

Under no circumstances should a Migos song be longer than five minutes. The attention span (or lack thereof) needed to actually enjoy their music runs thin by then. A catchy hook can only remain catchy for so long, after a while, it just feels forced. This happens a lot during RNT, when some songs go on for more than six minutes.

It almost appears as though Migos have gotten too big for their britches. They seem think their niche and situational music is more popular and respected than it actually is and as a result, the music they’ve been making recently has been disappointing.

If you’re a Migos fan, or are wondering why Migos has fans, then do yourself a favor and put yourself under the impression that No Label II is their best and most recent mixtape, and forget RNT ever happened.