Migos have returned to follow up Culture with the highly anticipated sequel Culture II. The 24-track project dropped Friday (Jan. 26) on the one-year anniversary of Culture, which earned the hip-hop trio a Grammy nomination for best rap album at Sunday’s Grammy Awards. Culture II will look to make it back-to-back projects atop the Billboard 200 for the group.
The ATL natives enlisted a boatload of superstar assists weaved throughout the album. Guest appearances include Drake, 2 Chainz, Gucci Mane, Travis Scott, Big Sean, Ty Dolla $ign, Post Malone and 21 Savage. And of course, Cardi B and Nicki Minaj made their way onto the project’s lead single, “MotorSport.”
Production is handled by a plethora of beat-crafting savants and hip-hop mainstays. Look for hitmakers Mike Dean, Zaytoven, Metro Boomin‘, Pharrell, DJ Durel, Murda Beatz and Kanye West to make their impact felt on Culture II‘s sound. Speaking with Real 92.3 LA, Offset has his sights set on “six Grammy nominations” for next year, which would triple their noms to date.
Huncho gave some insight into the project’s creative process over the summer before the 2017 Video Music Awards with MTV, saying, “This Culture II album is the same process as the Culture album. It’s not like we’re chasing it — it’s naturally flowing.”
With features ranging from Drizzy to ATL mainstays 2 Chainz and Gucci Mane, we took the liberty of ranking each of the project’s features.
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7. “CC,” feat. Gucci Mane
The ATL foursome pays homage to the legendary fashion designer Chanel, with the eighth track off of Culture II “CC.” Migos and Gucci Mane are no strangers after pairing up on Culture‘s “Slippery,” and the trio return the favor on the trap god’s “I Get the Bag.” Guwop handles a concise verse, rapping against authority over Quavo‘s jazzy co-production. “F— the folks and the border patrol, Coast Guard, free all of the bros/ We the GOATs who want some smoke ’cause we set all of the smokes.”
6. “Too Playa,” feat. 2 Chainz
Huncho graces the track’s intro while crediting DJ Durel for his help behind the boards to produce “Too Playa.” Quavo even goes on to compare himself to Andre 3000 before concluding his stream of consciousness. 2 Chainz invades the track’s second verse as the ATL natives link up. The 41-year-old shouts out Donatella Versace ahead of his Versace sneaker collaboration: “Donatella on the bootstrap, whole crew got a Tru tat/ Whole crew got a Tru chain, lay it back, now I move same.”
5. “Notice Me,” feat. Post Malone
Posty and Huncho previously connected on “Congratulations,” which peaked at No. 8 on the Billboard Hot 100. Malone links up with the Migos gang on the braggadocious “Notice Me.” The Texas transplant holds down the chorus of the FKi-produced track, while boasting about his newfound jewelry drip: “Saint Laurent on both my feet/ All this jewelry, they gon’ notice me/ And you know I got that Rol’ on me.”
4. “BBO,” feat. 21 Savage
After teaming up with Offset for 2017’s Without Warning, 21 returns to offer up an assist on Culture II’s “BBO.” The song sees additional production from the legendary Kanye West. The Savage Mode artist crafted a catchy chorus while rapping about his lothario ways: “Hit it for a minute then I pass her to the homie (pass)/ Hit her for a minute then I pass her to my homie/ I don’t wanna see you when I wake up in the morning (nah).”
3. “White Sand,” feat. Big Sean
Big Sean makes an unexpected appearance on Culture II, outshining Cactus Jack and Dolla $ign. The Detroit native even teases a marriage proposal with girlfriend Jhene Aiko: “Swear to God I’m the one, my girl just might propose to me (I swear).” This reference could possibly be a follow-up to Double or Nothing‘s “Who’s Stopping Me,” on which Sean raps, “She told me I’m the one, I looked over, said obviously.”
2. “MotorSport,” feat. Cardi B
Once “MotorSport” hit the streets, the countdown toward Culture II was officially on. Cardi B powered the superstar record to peak at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. The track’s coinciding futuristic visual was released on December 7 and has since accumulated over 144 million views. Bardi closes out a brash cameo, calling herself the trap version of Selena: “Let me wrap my weave up/ I’m the trap Selena/ ¡Dame más gasolina! Skrrt!”
1. “Walk It Talk It,” feat. Drake
The Migos may very well have another hit on their hands, as “Walk It Talk It” could be invading radio airwaves very soon. Drake injects life into Quavo‘s memorable hook to continue his hot streak after releasing the two-pack of “God’s Plan” and “Diplomatic Immunity” just last week. The Toronto native’s “Versace” remix took the ATL trio’s artistry to new heights, and “Walk It Talk It” seems to have struck a chord with fans on Culture II‘s release day.