A bevy of hip-hop’s finest arrived in a stream of black SUVs and vans to Offset‘s birthday affair — aptly titled SET Gala, inspired by annual NYC fashion parade the Met Gala — in Los Angeles on Wednesday night. With rap hits blaring through the venue walls, courtesy of the night’s special guest DJ Metro Boomin, Offset strolled into the grand staircase entrance of The MacArthur around 12:30 a.m. with his fiancee and breakout MC Cardi B — both matching in a shimmery silver jacket and dress, respectively — followed by a massive entourage that included his Migos mates Quavo and Takeoff, as well as Lil Yachty and Pharrell.
After posing for photos together in front of a Bentley ice sculpture, rap’s newest superstar couple stopped by Billboard exclusively for a brief chat about their shared success as chart-toppers, Cardi’s new role as a Latina figurehead in hip-hop and confirmation that Kanye West is not taking on executive producing duties for Culture 2.
“We getting it bad, we getting this money together, ya dig? Feels great,” Offset exclaimed of the duo’s money moves and recent engagement in 2017. Cardi followed up, “That’s right, baby!” Later in the evening, Cardi gifted her man a Rolls-Royce Wraith for his 26th birthday.
Rumors have been circulating that West might EP Migos’ highly anticipated new album Culture 2, set for release in January, since Quavo tweeted back in October: “CULTURE II. WAIT TILL U SEE WHO EXECUTIVE PRODUCED IT!!” Paparazzi soon after revealed footage of the rap trio and Yeezus entering a building together, with fans and online commenters instantly pointing out that Kanye’s Yeezy Season 6 clothing line and Migos’ LP releases would be closely timed. But the birthday boy was quick to shut down those rumors with just a few words: “Nah, nah, nah… just wait on it.”
DJ Khaled’s son Asahd was also jokingly mentioned online as an option, but after the 1-year-old received an executive producer credit on his dad’s album Grateful, you never know. Offset also shut that down.
However, super producer Pharrell — who is also promoting his new N.E.R.D. project No_One Ever Really Dies, debuting Friday — was spotted in Migos’ entourage on Wednesday night, so maybe he’s a potential candidate? We’ll let the guesses continue until Culture 2 drops next month.
Cardi, a proud Latina of Dominican heritage, also addressed what it’s like being a spokeswoman for Latinos in the hip-hop community: “It’s good, you know, there’s not really no Hispanic artists, so it makes me feel so good that I’m representing.”