As 2017 draws to a close, it’s about time that we surround ourselves with loved ones and reflect on how much the Migos have impacted our lives this year. Last January, despite the Chinese zodiac observing it as Year of the Rooster, we called it as Year of the Migos and our prediction could not have been more accurate!
Things started in January with the ringing endorsement of my NYU roommate Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover who, when accepting a Golden Globe award for his show Atlanta, thanked Migos for making “Bad and Boujee.” The prime time placement then opened the floodgates for Migos to pop-up everywhere, from late night TV to day time talk shows, and catapulted both the single and their new album Culture to the top of the charts before the month even ended.
As the next few months rolled on, Migos were everywhere. In February, Calvin Harris linked the trio with Frank Ocean for “Slide.” March saw them performing “Bad and Boujee” on office supplies with Jimmy Fallon and covering highlights on Sportscenter. In April, the trio got a tour of Mike Tyson‘s mansion. May saw them joining Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones for a Champs Sports commercial and single in “11 Birds.” All these antics were fueled by the group’s own flavor of Rap Snacks potato chips, “Dab of Ranch,” which they proceeded to record a full-length song about.
It was also an inescapable year for Migos’ individual guest appearances. In June, Quavo joined MGK for “Trap Paris.” In July, Offset appeared on Aminé‘s “Wedding Crashers,” and later joined him for an elaborate performance on Late Night with Seth Meyers.
As summer turned to autumn, Migos began to be recognized by the industry for their tremendous contributions. August found their song “Sacrifices” with Big Sean included in the Madden 18 soundtrack. October brought us their best received television performance at the BET Hip-hop Awards with a hyper-kinetic rendition of “Too Hotty.” Just as exciting that month was Offset getting publicly engaged to Cardi B and then dropping their track with Nicki Minaj “Motor Sport.” November brought their dream collaboration “Get the Bag” with Gucci Mane to Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Now, with winter upon us, Migos are hotter than ever with their new single “Stir Fly” with Pharrell, said to be included on Culture 2, which is reportedly still due before the end of the year. It’s the perfect way to wrap up 12 months that saw their music used in everything from a grade school learning tool to a children’s book. We even got to see them come to Maplewood last April at Myth Live. Given that they’re set to return to Minnesota for Super Bowl weekend, we’re even more excited for the possibility of Year of the Migos II: Electric Boogaloo.