Culture II

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Culture II
Culture II.png
Studio album by Migos
ReleasedJanuary 26, 2018 (2018-01-26)
Recorded2017
Studio
  • 80 Hertz, London, UK
  • 301, Sydney, AU
  • Alchemix, Brisbane, AU
  • Blueprint, Manchester, UK
  • Chalice, Los Angeles, CA
  • Crank Recording, Northbridge, WA
  • Cruise Control, Amsterdam, NL
  • The Fairmont Zimbali Resort, Durban, SA
  • Fried Music, Helsinki, FI
  • Hit Factory Criteria, Miami, FL
  • Mama's House, Atlanta, GA
  • Mansion, Atlanta, GA
  • Miloco, London, UK
  • Quad, New York City, NY
  • Sonomax, Sydney, AU
Genre
Length106:18
Label
Producer
Migos chronology
Culture
(2017)
Culture II
(2018)
Culture III
(2019)
Singles from Culture II
  1. "MotorSport"
    Released: October 27, 2017
  2. "Stir Fry"
    Released: December 20, 2017
  3. "Walk It Talk It"
    Released: March 18, 2018
  4. "Narcos"
    Released: July 24, 2018

Culture II is the third studio album by American hip hop trio Migos. It was released on January 26, 2018, by Capitol Records, Motown and Quality Control Music.[3][4] The album features guest appearances from 21 Savage, Drake, Gucci Mane, Travis Scott, Ty Dolla Sign, Big Sean, Nicki Minaj, Cardi B, Post Malone and 2 Chainz.[5][6] The album was executive produced by Quavo, alongside production work from a variety of collaborators including Metro Boomin, Buddah Bless, Kanye West, Pharrell Williams and Murda Beatz, among others. The album serves as a sequel to Migos' previous album, Culture.

The album was supported by four singles: "MotorSport", "Stir Fry", "Walk It Talk It" and "Narcos", as well as the promotional single, "Supastars". Culture II received generally positive reviews from critics and debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200. It is Migos' second US number-one album.

Background[edit]

In July 2017, a rumor surfaced that Culture II was on a hard drive that was lost by Quavo.[7] Migos confirmed that a single from the album will be dropping soon and was previewed on Rap-Up.[8] Anticipation regarding the upcoming album built due to the Atlanta rap group's use of social media. Posts included many names such as Kanye West, Donald Glover and others who they have worked with, and revealed on January 22 that West helped produce the album.[9][10]

In a November 21, 2017, The New York Times story on the group, it was revealed that the updated release date for the album was January 2018;[11] earlier reports suggested an October release.[12] Quavo announced on January 8 that he and DJ Durel were mixing the album.[13] On January 15, 2018, Migos announced the release date of January 26 via their official social media accounts.[14] The same day, Quavo posted a snippet of the song "Culture National Anthem".[15] Merchandise for the album has been released within Bloomingdale's 'Music Is Universal' pop-up space in conjunction with Universal Music Group.[16]

Migos' DJ known as DJ Durel says that group only spend 20 to 45 minutes to do each song. He also stated "when they're in the zone, there's no way you can stop them from laying down a good song. It's going to come out perfect. It's not going to come out rushed or anything."[17]

Singles[edit]

The album's lead single, "MotorSport", was released on October 27, 2017, and includes lead vocals from Cardi B and Nicki Minaj. The song is produced by Murda Beatz and Cubeatz. It was originally previewed at Powerhouse 2017 the night before release.[18][19] The song peaked at number six on the US Billboard Hot 100.[20]

The album's second single, "Stir Fry", was released on December 20, 2017. The song is produced by Pharrell Williams.[21] It peaked at number eight on the US Billboard Hot 100.[20]

The album's third single, "Walk It Talk It" featuring Drake, was sent to urban contemporary radio on March 18, 2018, the same day as the release of the official music video.[22] The song peaked at number 10 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[20]

The music video for the song, "Narcos", was released on June 27, 2018.[23] It was later sent to US rhythmic contemporary radio on July 24, 2018, as the album's fourth single.[24] The song initially peaked at number 36 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[20]

Promotional singles[edit]

"Supastars" was released as a promotional single on January 22, 2018, shortly after premiering on Zane Lowe's Beats 1 radio. The song is produced by Honorable C.N.O.T.E., Buddah Bless, Quavo and DJ Durel.[25][26] It peaked at number 53 on the US Billboard Hot 100.[20]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?6.7/10[27]
Metacritic69/100[28]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[29]
Exclaim!6/10[30]
The Guardian4/5 stars[1]
NME4/5 stars[31]
The Observer3/5 stars[32]
Pitchfork6.4/10[33]
PopMatters8/10[34]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[35]
Sputnikmusic2.0/5[36]
XXL4/5[37]

Culture II received generally positive reviews from critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 69, based on 19 reviews.[28] Dave Heaton of PopMatters praised the album saying, "While not all of these 24 songs are equally impressive, nothing about Culture II feels like they're going through the motions."[34] Jordan Bassett of NME said, "Migos are firing on all cylinders here, their new record a lush, chaotic patchwork that pops with primary colours. The fab three have done it again."[31] Alex Petridis of The Guardian stated that "for such a gargantuan album, it's surprisingly light on its feet, skipping nimbly between musical styles", complimenting the album's production, but criticising the lyrical themes.[1] Dan Weiss of Consequence of Sound said, "The trio gave a double album their best, with plenty of head-turning lines, hilarious stray shouts ("dinner rolls!" on "CC" is a fave), and productions that further dilate the luxury trap spectrum, but not wildly so."[38] In his review, Neil Z. Yeung of AllMusic states, "With enough highlights to form a single digestible effort, Migos could have delivered another culture-defining classic with just a little trimming. Instead, they've taken what should have been a potent, big league statement and diluted it."[29] Meaghan Garvey of Pitchfork said, "It's still a joy to hear the Migos rap, which is why it's especially depressing that Culture II ultimately feels like a drag—a formless grab bag compiled without much care."[33] Scott Glaysher of XXL said, "Although the creative achievements aren't revolutionary, they are thorough and consistent."[37]

In a mixed review, Rolling Stone's Charles Aaron stated: "Culture II ultimately feels less like a celebratory howl from the mountaintop than a transitional inventory dump. With its easily-trimmable 24 tracks, Culture II appears to be tailored to finesse chart rules, which count 1,500 individual song streams toward one full album sale."[35] In another mixed review, Exclaim!'s Calum Slingerland stated: "Having more songs available to stream results in more royalties, though it doesn't equate to a flawless full-length."[30] Kitty Empire of The Observer said, "Culture II was never going to be a modest affair, in which three self-effacing twentysomethings quietly enumerated their blessings. Apart from some anxiety ("Tryna be like the Carters/Gotta be like the Carters" – Too Playa) and exhaustion (Work Hard), Culture II is wall-to-wall diamonds, watches, cars, chains, brands, fashion houses and exotic fauna."[32] Arcade of Sputnikmusic saying "Culture II sounds like a satire of every other rap album released by a major label these days, catering to the lowest common denominator of casual music listener. As a business decision, it's genius; as a piece of music, it's little more than an elaborate consumer scam."[36]

Commercial performance[edit]

Culture II debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 with 199,000 album-equivalent units, of which 38,000 were pure album sales in its first week.[39] It is Migos' second US number-one album.[39] On May 10, 2018, Culture II was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for combined sales, streaming and track-sales equivalent of a million units.[40]

Track listing[edit]

Credits were adapted from the album's liner notes and Tidal.[41][42]

Disc one
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Higher We Go (Intro)"4:15
2."Supastars"
4:53
3."Narcos"
  • Marshall
  • Cephus
  • Ball
  • McPherson
  • Henry Celestin
  • Robert Martino
  • DJ Durel
  • Quavo
4:15
4."BBO (Bad Bitches Only)" (featuring 21 Savage)
  • Buddah Bless
  • West
  • DJ Durel
  • Quavo
  • Dean[a]
4:11
5."Auto Pilot"
  • Marshall
  • Cephus
  • Ball
  • McPherson
  • DJ Durel
  • Quavo
4:47
6."Walk It Talk It" (featuring Drake)
4:36
7."Emoji a Chain"
  • Marshall
  • Cephus
  • Ball
  • Wayne
  • Topp
  • Dean
  • Metro Boomin
  • Topp
  • Dean[a]
5:15
8."CC" (featuring Gucci Mane)
  • DJ Durel
  • Quavo
4:19
9."Stir Fry"
Williams3:10
10."Too Much Jewelry"
4:05
11."Gang Gang"3:01
12."White Sand" (featuring Travis Scott, Ty Dolla Sign and Big Sean)3:22
Disc two
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
13."Crown the Kings"
  • DJ Durel
  • Quavo
3:49
14."Flooded"
  • Marshall
  • Cephus
  • Ball
  • McPherson
  • Nance
  • Isaac Bynum
  • Earl the Pearll
  • DJ Durel
4:30
15."Beast"
  • Marshall
  • Cephus
  • Ball
  • Lindstrom
  • Ilyas Warsama
  • Murda Beatz
  • Ill.e
4:20
16."Open It Up"
Cardo4:05
17."MotorSport" (featuring Nicki Minaj and Cardi B)
5:03
18."Movin' Too Fast"
  • Marshall
  • Cephus
  • Ball
  • Jahceim White
  • Emmanuel Chrispin
  • Nance
  • JSDG
  • Manny Flexx
4:23
19."Work Hard"
5:17
20."Notice Me" (featuring Post Malone)FKi 1st3:53
21."Too Playa" (featuring 2 Chainz)
  • DJ Durel
  • Quavo
5:12
22."Made Men"
  • Marshall
  • Cephus
  • Ball
  • Nance
  • Gary Fountaine
  • Joshua Cross
  • Cornell Wheeler, Jr.
4:48
23."Top Down on da Nawf"
Ricky Racks4:55
24."Culture National Anthem (Outro)"
  • Marshall
  • Cephus
  • Ball
  • William Gaskin
  • Travond Durham
  • Joseph Nguyen
  • Dean
  • Will Major
  • StaccDaGreatest
  • FigurezMadeIt
  • Dean[a]
4:43
Total length:106:18

Notes

  • ^[a] signifies an additional producer
  • "Narcos" features additional vocals from Filip Nikolic
  • "Auto Pilot" was originally titled "Auto Pilot (Huncho on the Beat)"

Samples

  • "BBO (Bad Bitches Only)" contains elements from "Playground", written by Earl Moss, as performed by the Festivals.
  • "Stir Fry" contains an interpolation of "The Champ", written by Harry Palmer.
  • "Crown the Kings" contains elements from "Get Up, Stand Up", written by Bob Marley and Peter Tosh, as performed by the Wailers.
  • "Made Men" contains elements from "Schweet", written by Cornell Wheeler, Jr., from MSXII Sound Design Presents – Lofi Melodics 3.

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the album's liner notes and Tidal.[41][42]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[43] 13
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[44] 14
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[45] 8
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[46] 18
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[47] 1
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[48] 16
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[49] 3
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[50] 2
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[51] 9
French Albums (SNEP)[52] 6
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[53] 14
Irish Albums (IRMA)[54] 10
Italian Albums (FIMI)[55] 15
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[56] 5
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[57] 4
Scottish Albums (OCC)[58] 63
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[59] 11
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[60] 5
UK Albums (OCC)[61] 4
US Billboard 200[39] 1
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[62] 1

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[63] Gold 40,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[64] Gold 10,000^
France (SNEP)[65] Gold 50,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[66] Gold 7,500^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[67] Gold 15,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[68] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[40] Platinum 500,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

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