Migos is an American hip-hop group from Lawrenceville, Georgia, founded in 2008. Migos shortly performed as a duo while Offset was in jail for eight months in 2015 and they're going to perform as a duo in the future after the death of Takeoff.
The three members are blood-related and were raised together; Offset is Quavo's cousin and Quavo is Takeoff's uncle. So we can call the group a ''family business''.
Quavious Keyate Marshall whos better known as Quavo is the co-founder and former frontman of the hip-hop group. Offset real name is Kiari Kendrell Cephus while Takeoff's real name was Kirshnik Khari Ball.
What does Migos mean?
''Migos'' is the translation of the word ''friends'' into Spanish (”amigos”), “Migos” is an expression for a deserted house used as a trap place where drugs are sold, a nod to the type of things the trio witnessed growing up.
Quavo, Takeoff, and Offset first started as a rap group called Polo Club in 2009. Their first-ever mixtape Juug Season was released in August 2011.
In September 2016, Pusha T proclaimed that the trio signed to Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music Management until Quavo cleared up in an interview with Sway that the group was close to signing Kanye's label but they never signed.
In their early days, the trio lived at their studio. In a Rolling Stone profile about Migos, co-founder of the group’s label “Pee” Thomas recalls the extreme faith of Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff in their art: “The music was crazy,” Pee remembers, “but what made me really wanna go tough for them is that they packed all their clothes and moved into the studio – literally lived there, sleeping on lounging chairs and producing music all day.”
Migos' Impact on the hip hop scene
The trio has influenced rappers all across the globe. You can notice their signature triplet flow, popularized in their breakout hit “Versace,” used by artists from Drake to J Cole and Kendrick Lamar to Chance the Rapper.
“Versace” was Migos’ tremendous breakout single. Peaking at 99 on the Billboard charts, the Zaytoven-produced song put Migos on the road. The song became more widespread when Drake remixed it. This is where Migos have their signature triplet flow recognized. A triplet occurs when three notes occur over one beat. In the case of Migos, rather than a note, its three syllables in a word of a phrase occurring on one beat. Migos has used this type of flow over and over on their albums.
Even though “Versace” was released in 2013, they had to wait until 2017 to get the attention and appreciation they deserved.
From 2014-2015, Migos released considerable mixtapes and their debut album Yung Rich Nation (Y.R.N.).
The album overall peaked at number 3 on the hip-hop charts and had good reviews. On October 28, 2016, Migos dropped “Bad and Boujee,” the first track of their upcoming second studio album. Telling this song was booming is an understatement. Peaking at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the song turns into an anthem for people all across the world.
Culture officially dropped on January 27, 2017. This immediately pushed Migos into a new status, growing their fan base and showing themselves as the three kings of hip-hop.
On January 26, 2018, the trio dropped its highly awaited follow-up to the critically acclaimed Culture, Culture II. This 24-song album confirmed Migos as a group that deserves their place at the top of the hip-hop game.
Takeoff has been shot dead in Houston, aged 28.
Takeoff is dead aged 28 after he was shot in Houston, the Migos member was reportedly shot at 810 Billiards & Bowling, a bowling passage in Houston, Texas.
Police were hailed to the place after shots were heard and seen fired at 2.30 am.
News of Takeoff’s death comes first from TMZ Hip Hop, which claims it was given exclusive records of the shooting.
“We're told Takeoff and Quavo were there playing dice when an altercation broke out and that's when someone opened fire, shooting Takeoff ... either in the head or near his head. He was pronounced dead on the scene,” TMZ writes.
Takeoff's immediate cause of death was listed as "penetrating gunshot injuries of head and torso into arm" and his way of death was called homicide.
Detectives are looking to investigate the 40 people who heeded to the party and fled after the gunfire, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner stated.
Now Takeoff is dead, the group isn't a trio anymore and every hip-hop head around the world is waiting to see what Migos' plans are.
Migos’ music has had a massive influence on the entire game of hip-hop, from their triplet flow to their ad-libs. This can all be seen, ingrained in the music of most of today’s hip-hop scene leaders.