Culture II! The sequel to the Migos very successful “Culture” album was literally the most anticipated project of 2018 back in the Summer of 2017 when they started teasing us of its release. ‘Culture II’ arrived almost a year to the day of the release of ‘Culture’. The Atlanta trio went all out and put together a 24 track album full of star studded collaborators. This cast includes Drake, Big Sean, Gucci Mane, Ty Dolla $ign, Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, Post Malone, 2 Chainz, Travis Scott and 21 Savage. Also on the production side, the talent is not lacking one bit! We were gifted with production done by Kanye West, Metro Boomin, Zaytoven, Mike Dean, Pharrell, 808 Mafia, Cardo, Cassius Jay, FKi, Murda Beatz, DJ Durel, C-Note and more. We even got Quavo tapping into his rapper/producer bag on the intro track. This project features 2017 Summer/end of the year bangers in “Motorsport,” “Stir Fry” and “Supastars.”
So overall Culture II was supposed to be a masterpiece according to the Atlanta trio. In an interview with Montreality back in September, the Migos stated “Culture 2 is a masterpiece man..We setting a trend, we started this whole lil wave, we started the whole genre, the whole flow, the whole melody. Ain’t nobody right now who can say they ain’t took our flow. We ain’t tripping, we never did trip. Hip-hop has changed in a big way, We changed it.”
So… I always keep it a stack with you all, so why lie now? Culture II is NOT A MASTERPIECE. Culture II IS NOT A GREAT ALBUM. BUT it’s not trash either. Yes I said it. Now let me briefly explain. It did not meet my expectations but overall it is a decent project. I didn’t have too many issues but I didn’t love it either. My first knock is that Culture II is too damn long. There were too many throw away to mediocre tracks on this sequel. Culture was 13 tracks and Culture II is 24 tracks. It’s clear to me that the label maybe demanded enough tracks to insure a #1 streaming debut. They wanted to repeat last years success so I don’t blame them but come on man. Getting 24 tracks after getting the Quality Control collaborative mixtape that had 30 tracks the month before was extremely overwhelming my goodness. This creates fatigue on the listeners and they won’t be receptive to the music as the artist intended for them too. Shit! To be honest, a part of me enjoyed the QC collaborative project over Culture II (sorry NOT sorry). I feel like they lost some of their special mystique on here. Maybe it’s just me.. This album also lacks organization. I believe if Culture II consisted of the 13-14 best tracks, we’d be having a totally different conversation. The production was overall solid and they did a great job picking the features as well but this was not a good follow up to ‘Culture’.
It sounds like I hate this album but I don’t. It flat out just fell way short of my expectations. To end this review on a more positive note, the consensus from many was that they enjoyed this album a lot. It does have a handful of forgettable tracks but we are in a current state where the Migos are the “culture” and they are the dictators of it. Their next project will make up for this disappointment. But it looks like we’re getting individual projects first from each member of the Migos… Can these dudes just relax and let us digest the music? SHEESH!
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Favorite Songs: Motorsport, BBO, Narcos and Stir Fry