Release Date: Feb 22, 2019
Record label: Quality Control
A candid and richly detailed document of life in the spotlight, this long-awaited solo album suggests Offset is the Migo best-placed for solo superstardom Every trilogy needs its final instalment to deliver a satisfying conclusion to make the whole exercise worthwhile. That objective may not have been top of Offset's list of priorities when he was writing his debut solo album, but 'Father of 4' has almost unintentionally become the rapper's best shot yet at stealing the show from those closest to him. While none of the three Migos are likely to break rank from their tight unit to declare superiority over the others, hip-hop fans may never have had a better opportunity to decide which member - Offset, Quavo or Takeoff - reigns supreme.
Before Quavo was a huncho, he was a doubter. "How long you think we gonna last?" the Migos member asked a journalist in 2014. The question feels quaint in a world where politicians dab and Beyoncé raps about Pateks and Lamborghinis. But that lasting whiplash, that nagging proximity to life before fame, is the essential Migos experience.
The Lowdown: They say perfect is the enemy of done, and these days few rappers are getting more done than the members of Migos. If Culture III arrives this year as expected, then the group will have put out four albums in five years, in addition to three solo albums (one each for Quavo, Takeoff, and now Offset) and two collaborative albums (Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho and Without Warning). Throughout this staggering output, the philosophy seems to have been that you should never release one song when you can release two, and you should never edit an old verse when you can write something new.