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8 🔥 Migos collabs you may have missed

June 8, 2017

Don't sleep on these hidden gems from hip-hop's busiest trio.

Less than a decade into their career, rap trio Migos have taken the world by storm. Their second studio album Culture debuted at number one on the U.S. Billboard 200 and lead single “Bad and Boujee” became an internet phenomenon, landing them the top spot on the Billboard Top 100. The trio—consisting of rappers Quavo, Takeoff and Offset—seemingly took over the rap scene overnight, but they’ve put a lot of effort into boosting the culture by collaborating with both popular and underground artists.

Beyond being at the top of the rap game, Migos have recently collaborated with artists such as Katy Perry, Calvin Harris and former One Direction member Liam Payne, among other high profile names. They’ve made appearances on Noisey’s Atlanta series and The Ellen Degeneres Show, hung out with Celine Dion and played a $100,000 game of basketball with Chance The Rapper and Indiana Pacers big man Myles Turner.

Migos have collaborated with everyone under the sun over the past few years, and their steady, unrelenting output makes it easy to miss some incredible partnerships. To make it easier, we’ve compiled some of the best hidden gems from Migos extensive (and growing) list of collabs.

Rich The Kid ft. Migos & Famous Dex – “Real Deal”

Migos and Rich The Kid have collaborated together extensively, but “Real Deal” in particular shows Offset and Quavo on top of their game. The trio’s verses, wedged in between Rich The Kid’s hook, are savage when compared to their pop oriented collabs, proving that Migos can pull off both styles superbly. Rich The Kid’s career may still be taking off, but the pairing of Migos and Rich will be one to watch in the years to come.

Gucci Mane ft. Migos – “Hotpocket”

Atlanta trap lord Gucci Mane wrote a collaborative LP, The Green Album, with Migos back in 2014 after working with the trio numerous times prior. This hard-hitting song sees the trio laying down lines about what they know best: making money and avoiding cops. “Hotpocket” is a low and slow track with lightning quick rhymes about slinging cocaine, hiding drug stashes and protecting your riches. The chemistry between Gucci Mane and Migos made for an incredible mixtape as a whole, but “Hotpocket” stands out above the rest.

Jermaine Miller ft. Migos & Flavor Flav – “Flavor Flav”

Flavor Flav! This ode to the Public Enemy hypeman opens with shout outs from Flavor Flav himself before kicking into this dizzying, fast paced track. The chilled out piano playing underneath heavy trap drums and thick bass from producer Zaytoven flows perfectly with Migos’s in your face rapping. The trade-off rhymes from Migos and Jermaine Miller seal the deal, making this one of Migos hottest and most interesting collaborations.

Peewee Longway ft Offset – “Extortion”

MPA ringleader Peewee Longway has collaborated with Migos a number of times, but his collaboration with Offset on Money, Pounds, Ammunition Vol. 2 is one of their greatest pairings. The simplistic beat gives space for their lyricism and flow to shine through, with elastic verses from both rappers and a sweet hook from Offset. “Extortion” also holds an endless amount of symbolism in the lyrics, as many Migos tracks do, with mentions of “Miley Cyrus,” “bricks ice cold from Alaska,” and a number of other double entendres about the drug trade.

iLoveMakonnen ft. Migos – “Whip It (Remix)”

Despite recent tensions between Migos and Makonnen over Quavo’s negative words about Makonnen coming out as gay, the trio made a killer collab with a remix of “Whip It” back in 2015. Makonnen’s laid back, drawn out and sometimes strange vocals pair seamlessly with the high energy and hard hitting approach from Migos. Quavo even managed to sneak in a nod to Makonnen’s hit track “Tuesday”: “I got the club going up, that was on a Tuesday. One phone call to the plug, he on the freeway.”

John Wic ft. Migos – “Same Thang”

Migos worked with the latest signee to their YRN label on “Same Thang,” a cut from his upcoming One Gunman mixtape. The song has all the qualities of a top notch Migos track, making John Wic not only the perfect match for the trio’s label but also a prime choice for future collaborations. Migos and Wic flow in and out of Quavo’s chorus flawlessly, rhyming off rapid-fire lines about what it’s like to be a part of YRN.

Murda Beatz ft. Playboi Carti & Offset – “Scorin”

Producer Murda Beatz worked with Migos on their debut studio album Young Rich Nation among other rappers such as Drake, 2 Chainz and French Montana. The first mixtape from the Canadian producer featured a track from Offset and fellow Atlanta rapper Playboi Carti that hits like a bag of bricks to the face. Carti’s relaxed rap style pairs with Offset’s quick and smooth flow effortlessly behind the chilled-out piano from Murda Beatz, making this lesser known collab one you won’t want to sleep on.

Marty Baller ft. A$AP Ferg & Migos – “I’m A Dog”

This low and heavy track from A$AP Mob member Marty Baller features A$AP Ferg and Migos laying down some ruthless rhymes. Marty and A$AP Ferg go hard on this song, but the song really turns up towards the end when Quavo and Takeoff come in. Quavo’s relaxed approach flows into Takeoff’s gritty voice as if there were no transition before closing the song out on a line that draws the two crews together.

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