Aside from 50 Cent, the other show I was looking forward to the most at Bluesfest was Migos. I’m an old school hip-hop fan, a purist, so it took me a while to come around, but I’ve actually become a fan.

They’ve originated a style of their own and the dynamic between Quavo, Offset and Takeoff is interesting to watch, whether they’re being interviewed or freestyling. And really, they’re just cool. I’ve heard people say that this new crop of rappers from the south aren’t really rappers; they’re rock stars. Migos fit that description. Their following and unique sense of style says so. They dress more like Aerosmith than the MC’s I grew up with. Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, crowned them “the Beatles of this Generation”.

So just like 50 Cent, seeing that I was really looking forward to this show it also had the potential to disappoint, and to be honest I was disappointed.

First, the show started late and when it did start we listened to DJ Durel do a set for about 20 minutes. The fights and mosh pits began before the show even started.

When Migos first hit the stage I was as excited as everyone else. Probably the biggest group in the world today was right in front of me. Okay, maybe a football field away from me with thousands of people between us. Unfortunately, that would be one of the few times I’d be excited all night.

Migos opened with Get Right Witcha, Slippery and What The Price. After that I must’ve been hypnotized by all the auto-tune because I zoned out and lost interest.

I tuned back in once they went into the vault and brought out their older tracks Hannah Montana and Fight Night. Then the moment everyone was waiting for came. Bad and Boujee dropped and everyone bounced or bobbed their heads and after a few more songs that was it.

I tried really hard to enjoy this show but it just didn’t happen for me. During other Bluesfest shows I was fully engaged but during this one I kept thinking about what else I could’ve been doing with my time. It wasn’t that the show was bad; it was just, “Meh.” Maybe I would’ve enjoyed it if I heard more from Migos than DJ Durel.

Still, I think Migos have staying power. They’ll be around for a very long time. They’ll go on to have successful solo careers; okay, two of them will.

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After Migos, another popular act from Atlanta closed out the night- Lil’ Yachty. He’s the man sparking the debate, “Is Lil’ Yachty killing hip-hop?” I had no plans of even taking in a second of his show but I decided to give him the benefit of the doubt. I stayed for one song and called it a night. Lil’ Yachty is what I call a NWR- Not Worth Reviewing.

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2 Responses

  1. Dominique

    “NWR” – ouch! LOL! I’m loving Migos too and was sad that I missed it last night, but after hearing about the fighting, assaults and ODs, I’m kinda glad I passed.

    Something I’m sad about is more often than not, the rap/hip hop shows I see live are disappointing. The acts rarely start on time and they play short sets anyways, and they usually sound terrible live. SIGH.

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    • Kevin Bourne

      So true. Hip-hop artists don’t know how to engage with the crowd very well. Surprisingly, for an introvert and a loner, Nas does it well.

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