Just days before the release of the highly anticipated Culture II
has dropped their third single from the upcoming album, titled "Supastars".
Like its predecessor "Stir Fry", "Supastars" features only the Atlanta trio on the mic, though judging from the first single "Motor Sport" featuring Cardi B
and Nicki Minaj
I wouldn't worry that this means the album will be light on heavyweight guest appearances. And honestly, judging from "Supastars", you might want to cross your fingers and hope that holds true.
It's not that the Migos crew can't hold their own when taking on a track themselves, it's just that on "Supastars", along with several tracks from Culture
like "Call Casting" and "Brown Paper Bag", the Migos suffer from too much of themselves. They're arguably one of the most recognizable group of artists on the scene right now, but what makes them stand out so much is also what paints them into a corner. Left alone on "Supastars", they're three artists who all rap with a strikingly similar sense of delivery and lyricism. This is okay and provides a sense of cohesiveness when you add Cardi B, Nicki Minaj or other standout vocalists into the mix, but alone Quavo, Offset and Takeoff just end up sounding too much like one another.
In that sense, "Supastars" is honestly just kind of boring. The beat, a melodramatic cloud (t)rap production, changes very little over the nearly five minute run time, and the bars are equally static. I'm not an old head, so I won't turn this into a rant against mumble rap, but after a while you can only take so many verses that lack any sort of dynamic cadence fluctuation or shifting tonal inflections. And I know I've defended it before in the past, but the auto-tune on this track really just sanitizes and homogenizes everything that's left.
At the same time, I'm not going to use this single to bash the rest of the album, and it won't dull my excitement and intrigue for what Culture II
will hold. Not every track is going to be a veritable banger, and sometimes you just get these throwaway singles. Like I said, I'm still looking forward to Culture II
, but I wouldn't plan on having this track on a steady rotation.
is out January 26 via Quality Control Music.