“Culture II” disappoints as follow-up

Rap trio Migos’ “Culture” is nominated for best rap album in the 2018 Grammy Awards. However, its follow-up, “Culture II,” offers a new feel, falling short in the process.

With less trademark Migos songs, “Culture II” falls below the expectations the first album set last year.

The track list is comprised of 24 songs, which is not only too many songs for one release, but also makes the album’s flow switch paces multiple times.

The singles released before the album, “MotorSport,” “Stir Fry” and “Supastars,” were different versions of the trio, but “MotorSport” stood out more than the others, with rappers Nicki Minaj and Cardi B as guests.

The rest of the album features appearances from other well-known artists, such as Drake, Post Malone and Travis Scott, but short verses show cause for missed opportunities.

Out of the three Migos members, rapper Kirshnik Ball, known professionally as Takeoff, proved to be the star of the show, catching some well-done verses throughout the album that he did not get in the last one.

Quavious Marshall (Quavo) and Kiari Cephus (Offset) also completed good verses, but a lack of the original Migos sound may cause some fans to turn away from “Culture II.”

However, the album does have its perks. “Narcos” is probably the best song on the album, which offers some of the best verses from all three of the Migos members.

The album’s surprise is “Auto Pilot,” not because of the verses, but Quavo’s production of the song. Other songs that deserve recognition are “White Sand,” “Made Men” and “Movin’ Too Fast.”

With the anticipation factor working for Migos, this album will be one people listen to for a while. However, under the surface, it misses key pieces that could have made it as special as “Culture.”

I am giving “Culture II” three stars out of five. While it features some standout songs, and the added production value from producers DJ Durel, Pharrell Williams and Quavo provides some neat behind-the-scenes direction, its missed opportunities cannot go unnoticed, with the underuse of guest stars, large amount of songs and change of flow from the original Migos sound.

For their next release, my best advice for Migos is to go back to their original roots to get fans as excited as when they were listening to “Culture” this time last year.