Everybody's newest favourite Migo has released his solo debut album. Takeoff's The Last Rocket was released just weeks behind his bandmate Quavo's album. To put it bluntly, this one's way better.
It is almost impossible to put into words my joy when I saw the 13-song track list, including a billed intro and outro. It has themes, storytelling and is a powerful example of Takeoff's skills as a rapper. He has so many different flows, from the classic triplet to quick spitting, but still, The Last Rocket gives off signature "Migos" vibes ….
New Musical Express (NME) - 80 Based on rating 4/5
The Migos underdog proves his worth on this eclectic, engaging - and often emotionally bare - collection Depending on who you ask, Takeoff is either the most underrated or least distinctive member of Migos. After all, the 24-year-old has been notably absent from two of the Atlanta trio's biggest musical moments to date: their 2016 megahit 'Bad and Boujee' (although Takeoff will always dispute the notion that he missed out on that one; see his heavily-memed quote "do it look like I’m left off ‘Bad and Boujee’?") and Calvin Harris' 'Slide', the chart-slaying collaboration with Frank Ocean and Takeoff's bandmates Quavo and Offset. Takeoff, for his part, has appeared largely reluctant to enter the glaring limelight of the mainstream ever since Migos' global explosion in the past couple of years, leaving it instead to his bandmates to court the kind of attention (Madonna co-signs, rap beefs, Offset's marriage to Cardi B) that has come hand-in-hand with fame.
At this point, it’s safe to say that Migos are on the verge of overexposure. As they conquered the Billboard Top 40, Offset became one half of Hip Hop's reigning power couple and cemented his group's A-list status. But this ubiquity hasn't necessarily translated into artistic consistency. While Culture II was a bloated disaster filled with D-sides, Quavo's recent solo album similarly felt overstuffed.
If you have only casually watched the rise of Migos, Takeoff is the trio's most anonymous member. Quavo is the most recognizable thanks to his pop instincts and constant cameos; Offset's relationship with Cardi B has boosted his profile. But Takeoff has kept his head down. Still, the crew's ….