'Quavo Huncho' - Quavo : Album Review


On his solo debut full-length, Migo's resident hitmaker polishes his trademark style in successful fashion, stretching his tool bag across a 19-track album that proves Quavo's validity as an independent artist. While understandably predictable in the scope of lyricism, Quavo Huncho surprises listeners with an arsenal of innovative instrumentals, painting creative audiovisuals front start to finish.


7.3/10

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From a lifestyle & popularity perspective, Migos are the modern day equivalent to The Rolling Stones.


Before you have a temper tantrum, I want you to reread what I just wrote. I did NOT say the two groups are musically comparable. Instead, I believe that the groups images are comparable. Let me explain:


Since YRN, the Migos have been at the forefront of trap music. Following the release of their massively successful Culture (not the second one), the rap trio skyrocketed from SoundCloud waves to the pinnacle of the genre. Much like The Rolling Stones, Quavo, Offset and Takeoff have charted on nearly every single one of their singles, flooding airwaves and selling out arenas across the country, cementing themselves as undeniable superstars.


This brings me to my next point.


If The Rolling Stones and the Migos are a fair comparison from a popularity standpoint, then Quavo is the Migo's Mick Jagger.


Love him or hate it him, Quavo's undeniable ability to pump out hits has landed him on numerous artists features. Quavo's involvement in Culture was nothing short of stunning, but on the following album, Culture II, Quavo found himself less involved in the projects development, which subsequently shows in the albums quality.


Simply put, Quavo Huncho was an opportunity to prove independent prosperity. To an extent, Quavo fulfilled this challenge, laying out nineteen well formed, fairly complete project from front to back. Tracks like "BUBBLE GUM", "SHINE" and "CHAMPAGNE ROSE" are new additions to Quavo's already polished style, but for the majority of the album, Quavo takes his most popular sound from his work with the Migos and expands it to a one-man album.


"WORKIN ME", one of the album's pre-releases, sees Quavo embracing his trademark flow from his earlier projects. The beat is so incredibly catchy, and in collaboration with Quavo's bars, makes for a formidable record.


On "HUNCHO DREAMS" and "PASS OUT", Quavo draws inspiration from the likes of Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho, bodying a club-banger with a healthy mixture of auto-tuned melody and to-the-point trap bars. 21 Savage finds a feature on "PASS OUT", and surprisingly dishes out concise, rapid flow.


All the highs and lows aside, one song stands out in my eyes.


"BIGGEST ALLEY OOP" is Quavo's grand introduction to the music world as a solo artist, delivered in signature form. The track is introduced by a chilling, cult like melody, and in an instant, the star of the show interrupts with a series of hate-defying lyrics. The most important line in the entire song comes at the chorus, where Quavo raps:


I said, this the biggest alley oop (alley oop)

I'm gon' air it out if I shoot (bow)

It's only one mic in the booth (one mic)

Guess it's my night to tell the truth (woo, truth)


At first glance, this is quite simple, but I believe there's a larger message to be taken from the Atlanta native, particularly in the second two lines.


Quavo is well aware that his colossal success can be attributed to his Migo counterparts. Their chemistry is rare, but Quavo's entire career has seen the rapper paired with one or more collaborators. In other words, this project is the brainchild of a man who finally got his chance to shine on his own.


Quavo Huncho has so much more meaning than the girls, drugs and money that are seen on the surface. This album possesses an overarching theme, and the lyrics above are a brief summary of that goal.


It's been a long half a decade for the Migos, but after years of prosperity, Quavo finally is the only voice in the booth, and if I'm being honest, it's evident this is what he's wanted for a while.


Is this the end of the Migos? I don't necessarily think so, but if the decline from Culture to Culture II is any indicator of the trio's progression, the end could be near.


Offset has featured on a number of collaboration albums, most notably Without Warning, more than proving his ability outside of the Migos.


Takeoff has found a niche as a lyrical force on several guest appearances, showing his talent across all facets of the rap community.


And Quavo?


He knows he's the Migos Mick Jagger... the centerpiece of one of the world's biggest rap groups.


But like all good things, changes must be made. Once again, I don't the Migo's are done, but the overall quality of Quavo Huncho is a solid sign of a shift in climate for the collective.


Kudos to Quavo, this album is a statement from more than one angle, and is without a doubt the project he needed to prove his ability to the music industry.


I, for one, am excited to see where the trio goes from here, the sky truly is the limit for the polarizing trap stars.


Keep doing you Quavo, and please keep collaborating with Travis Scott and 21 Savage, those are matches made in heaven.


No more Culture II though, I'm serious.



-Carter Ferryman-


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