As the legend of the Migos continues to grow by the day, Billboard presents 15 essential guest verses from everybody's favorite rap trio.
Calvin Harris feat. Frank Ocean and Migos
Yes, this is a very new song; yes, Takeoff is not actually on it; and yes, it is arguably the most random collaboration on which the Migos have ever appeared. But it's also objectively awesome in every way; Quavo's vocals on the hook are Auto-Tuned to the point of being almost soothing, while Offset's verse is dripping with both effortless swag and lyrical dexterity: "Good gracious / Starin' at my diamonds while I'm hoppin' out the spaceship" is a fantastic opening line.
Juelz Santana feat. Jim Jones and Migos
For a track that is ostensibly credited to Dipset's Juelz Santana, this is effectively a Migos track; it's not until 1:46 that Santana shows up, and even then he's trading lines back and forth with Takeoff, whose flow is as tight as it's ever been. All three Migos shine in their own ways, but what makes this a particularly notable cut -- other than the fact that they dominate the older New York MCs on the song -- is the ghostly production, which necessitates a type of reverb that gives their voices a different effect -- a hell of a feat considering the trio's massive output over the past four years.
Kanye West feat. Quavo, Travi$ Scott, Gucci Mane, Big Sean, 2 Chainz, Yo Gotti and Desiigner
Okay, so this is less a Migos feature than it is just Quavo opening up one of the best posse cuts of the decade with the slicing line, "Lifestyle on camera / Hundred thousand dollar chandelier / They tried to turn me to an animal / But white people think I'm radical," before clearing out for the rest of the track. But it's great, sets the tone and still has plenty of heft to it, and that's why it sneaks onto the list.
Big Sean feat. Migos
Big Sean is clearly getting better by the album, and his multiple different flows on this track are evidence of that. But this is another song that gets completely transformed when the Migos roll through, with Offset setting the tone halfway through. Quavo's confidence in putting the track to bed shines through brightest.
"Pick Up the Phone"
Travi$ Scott and Young Thug feat. Quavo
An undeniable beat that deserved an equally undeniable hook got just that from Travi$ Scott, and Thugger's patented quirkiness fit in seamlessly. Not only does Quavo come through with some excellent pop culture references -- take your pick between "Pick up the phone / Macaulay Culkin baby, Home Alone"; "Wrist polar bear, Klondike"; or "Drinkin' on clean, sanitize / Ostrich seats with the frog eyes" -- but his line, "Birds in the trap sing Brian McKnight" wound up inspiring the title of Travi$'s entire album.
"Key to the Streets"
YFN Lucci feat. Migos and Trouble
The beat is subtle enough to give Quavo plenty of room to drop a slew of quotables right out of the gate, mixing in some nostalgia with a not-so-humble brag: "Remember the days watching the Hot Boys and Master P / Now I’m down in Miami, one phone call, I pull up on Weezy." Takeoff and Trouble trading lines back and forth adds another blend of chemistry to a track that was already so good it hardly needed it, but puts it over the top.
Post Malone feat. Quavo
For a pairing that seems a little left field on paper, Post's laid back aesthetic fits Quavo well, allowing him to revel in his never old Ben Franklins, big rings and champagne.
"Gucci On My"
Mike WiLL Made-It feat. YG, 21 Savage and Migos
The spare, dark beat is right in 21 Savage's wheelhouse, which explains why the rising MC handles hook duty and settles perfectly into the pocket. Takeoff's verse and adlibs inject some energy into the otherwise-sinister feel, and it's Offset's gymnastic flow that makes his turn pop and sparkle.
Lil Wayne feat. Migos
A loose track that came out around the time of Wayne's Sorry 4 The Wait 2, "Amazing Amy" starts out with a bit of a messy Wayne verse, but by the time Quavo, Offset and Takeoff come in they take over London on da Track's production and make it their own. All three acquit themselves well, but it's Takeoff who shines the brightest here: "I'm a legend, feel like Will Smith / Can you be my Jada?"
French Montana feat. Chris Brown and Migos
To be completely honest, this song is fairly forgettable until Quavo and Takeoff arrive, take over the beat and put their verses directly in your face. Quavo's drive-by forces the listener to stand up and pay attention, and sets the table for Takeoff to drop gems like, "Double cup, I'm sippin' on purple not Minnesota / Diamonds on my neck, I'm sick, I done caught Ebola." Once again, the juxtaposition is hilariously perfect.
2 Chainz feat. Gucci Mane and Quavo
First of all, any time Gucci Mane and any of the Migos get together it's almost guaranteed to be excellent; see the collaboration "Slippery" off Migos' Culture album, which is a Migos cut featuring Gucci and thus is not eligible for this list. Second of all, the video for this song is absurd in the best way possible. Thirdly, even though Quavo only features on the hook, he squeezes enough lyrical references into it that it might as well be his own verse; in just 12 bars, he manages to name-check Kunta Kinte, Harambe, Dr. Dre and André 3000, while sliding in a reference to "Bad and Boujee" ("Drop top, no hot box") and a key piece of Bay Area slang (thizz).
Yo Gotti feat. Kanye West, Big Sean, 2 Chainz and Quavo
Another all-star posse cut in the same vein as "Champions," "Castro" stands out for the way Gotti, Kanye and Quavo alternate lines on the hook, which gives it the feel of an actual collaboration rather than a series of isolated verses pasted together. But it's also notable for a great, clear Quavo verse which serves up as many fun quotables ("So many onions in the trap, make me cry") as trademark pop culture references ("Quavo, Huncho / My life like Pablo / Cuban hoes fall in love with a n---a / They'll treat me like Fabio").
A$AP Ferg feat. Migos
Ferg is unquestionably one of the best turn-up MCs on the circuit these days, and this anthem doesn't disappoint. The up-tempo banger pushes all the two Migos involved to kick their rhymes into overdrive, particularly Quavo's opening lines, before Takeoff finds a groove by the end of his verse, riding the beat and trading off with Quavo.
"Of Course We Ghetto Flowers"
Lil Uzi Vert feat. Playboi Carti and Offset
Months before riding Migos' "Bad and Boujee" to No. 1 on the Hot 100, Uzi tapped Offset to put the icing on his collab off The Perfect Luv Tape. While Uzi and Carti are unquestionably bringing new flavors to the hip-hop game, Offset's sauce is a cut above, and his flow adds consistency to the stop-start rhythms of the two younger MCs.
Lil Yachty feat. Offset
Yachty's goofy persona and animated delivery have made him the self-proclaimed King of the Teens, and this almost nursery-rhyme-esque beat falls right in his wheelhouse -- and not one that would normally be associated with Offset or the Migos in general. But to his credit, Offset tweaks his delivery with melodic brushes that adhere to the track's off-kilter background, making his coke raps almost sound soothing. If he can fit in to a track like this, maybe the Migos really can do anything.