Migos is an American hip hop group based in Atlanta, Georgia formed with the help of Trap Rapper & CEO Gucci Mane. The group consists of Quavo (real name Quavious Marshall, age 24), Takeoff (real name Kirshnik Ball, age 21), and Offset (real name Kiari Cephus, age 23). Members Quavo and Takeoff are uncle and nephew; Offset is Quavo's cousin. They are best known for their 2013 single "Versace" and their 2014 single "Fight Night".
Migos has collaborated with a number of major artists, such as Justin Bieber, Drake, Young Thug, Meek Mill, Gucci Mane, Young Scooter, French Montana, Riff Raff, Trinidad James, Fetty Wap, ASAP Ferg, Future, OG Maco, ILoveMakonnen, Twista, Wiz Khalifa, Travis Scott, B.o.B, Chief Keef, Soulja Boy, OJ da Juiceman, Juicy J, Shy Glizzy, Project Pat, Busta Rhymes, and R. Kelly, among others. They are managed by Coach K, the former manager of Young Jeezy and Gucci Mane, and are frequently collaborating with Bricksquad producer Zaytoven. '''Skippa da Flippa''' is an act that is associated with Migos. He first rose to prominence when he was described by Rel Money in Noisey: Atlanta part 2 as "Skippa da Flippa, he's the shooter" and with the success of videos such as "How Fast Can You Count it" and his appearance on "Trenchez".
The 2013 single "Versace", which was produced by Zaytoven, went viral and peaked at number 99 on the Billboard Hot 100. It also inspired rapper Drake to join for the official remix. They later performed it at the 2013 iHeartRadio Music Festival. On June 13, Migos released their mixtape Y.R.N. (Young Rich Niggas) to critical acclaim. Brandon Soderberg of Spin gave it 8 out of 10 stars, commenting that it "is a super-cut of Dirty South vibes" and compared the three members to Gucci Mane, Soulja Boy and Future. On June 15, 2013, the group performed at rap radio station Hot 107.9's Birthday Bash. In October 2013, they were featured in XXL 's section Show & Prove.
"Versace" was placed in multiple year-end lists of 2013, including number three on XXL 's The 25 Best Songs of 2013, number four on Complex 's The 50 Best Songs of 2013, number five on SPIN 's 50 Best Songs of 2013, number 38 on Pitchfork's The Top 100 Tracks of 2013 and number 69 on Rolling Stone 's The 100 Best Songs of 2013.Y.R.N. (Young Rich Niggas) was named the 27th best album of 2013 and sixth best hip-hop album of 2013 by SPIN.
On February 25, 2014, Migos released their new mixtape No Label 2, which was downloaded over 100,000 times in the first week of its release and was certified gold on popular mixtape site DatPiff.No Label II was met with generally positive reviews from music critics. Consequence of Sound described it as "the perfect mix of raucous party tunes and triumphant rap anthems for your next BBQ or block party" and Exclaim! commented that it "is packed with potential hits."Vibe also praised the production on the tape, calling it "extensive and impressive".
On March 14, 2014, it was revealed that Migos' Y.R.N. 2 mixtape had turned into a full-fledged album. Leah Ambler also will contribute to the production. The trio are looking to put up to 20 songs on the effort. It was then revealed in June 2014, that Migos had been signed to 300 Entertainment, which is distributed by Atlantic Records. In June 2014, their single "Fight Night" was featured on XXL's 25 Best Songs of 2014 so far list. It has peaked at #69 on the Hot 100, making it the group's most successful single to date.
On December 6, 2013, a series of now mostly deleted Tweets from Chief Keef and Migos occurred. Chief Keef tweeted first with an allegation that Migos was involved in an indirect diss against him. On the same day in a separate Tweet, Migos made it seem as if the issue wasn't as important. On December 9, 2013, Migos released their track "Jealousy." After the track was released people started to believe that the Twitter beef with Chief Keef was sent to the recording booth. On "Jealousy," the hook plays on the phrase "sneak diss" hinting to a more violent confrontation. Quavo responded with "I mean, like your Momma used to say, if the shoe fits. If you listen to the song, it's self-explanatory. If I'mma do one, I'mma say ya name to keep it one hundred. Ain't no need for me to be sneak-dissin'...We don't do no sneak-dissin'." Takeoff responded with, "You know, people gonna take it however they gonna take it and put it however they wanna put it." Offset added that the first Tweet from Chief Keef was unexpected saying, "Honestly, it caught us by surprise."
On November 7, 2014, when Migos allegedly put hands on Chief Keef's GBE member Capo, it prompted Chief Keef's older cousin and former GBE member Fredo Santana to threaten the group with death for trying his set. On, November 15, 2014, Migos was at the premier DC shake joint for a performance and after their set, they were approached by a group of men and a fight occurred. People took to Twitter to describe what they saw, and many tweeted that Quavo got his chain taken. Following the fight, Chief Keef took to Instagram and posted a now deleted picture of what appeared to be one of Migos' signature Quality Control chains with the caption, "What is this?" Offset responded to the altercation by saying, "F*ck 'em. Nothing's going on. That's it. F*ck 'em. F*ck 'em, f*ck 'em, f*ck 'em, like OG Maco said, F*ck 'em!"
On November 25, 2014, Quavo released a diss song entitled "Tha Truth," in which he speaks on the chain snatching. The track begins with a Facetime call between Quavo and someone who appears to be one of the people allegedly involved in the chain snatching, telling Quavo who he thinks has his chain. On the hook Quavo says, "Lil boy don't play with me." Throughout the track, Quavo breaks down what happened and why the people who snatched his chain should be scared. "You fucking with the wrong rappers man, we know your address and we got your name. All this for a QC chain, like your mama said boy, you in hot water. Put em on the menu, put em on the plate, cause Quavo wanna make an order," says Quavo in just one of many memorable lines in this diss track.
On December 9, 2014, Migos and Chief Keef's GBE quashed their beef. Migos was in Los Angeles when Chief Keef tweeted out a picture of them together.
Georgia Southern University concert incident:
On April 18, 2015, Migos were scheduled to headline Georgia Southern University's 2015 Spring concert at Hanner Fieldhouse. The show started at 7 P.M. with various opening acts; however, the group took the stage nearly an hour and a half later than their scheduled 9 P.M. set time. Although the performance contract stipulated a minimum 45 minute set length, the group performed for less than 30 minutes before leaving the stage. The University Police Department, the Statesboro Police Department and the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office, who were present at the concert as security detail, detected a strong scent of marijuana from the group's vans, and the drivers were questioned by law enforcement. Upon further investigation, the rap trio and 12 members of their entourage were arrested for possession of marijuana and a Schedule II drug, possession of firearms within a school safety zone, possession of firearms during the commission of a crime, and possession of firearms by convicted felons.
On April 20, 2015, Takeoff, Quavo, and six members of the their entourage were released on bond by the Bulloch County District Attorney's Office while Offset and six others remained in custody without bond. While university officials were aware of Migos' reputation, the group were allowed to perform as the student body voted to have the group perform among 7 acts that were up for consideration, and student fees and ticket sales were used to pay for the concert. According to the performance contract, the group were to be paid $30,000 with their promoter Big House Collective receiving an additional $3,000; however, the university only paid out half of the agreed upon fees due to the group's late arrival, shortened performance, and possession of contraband on university property. As a result of their arrests, on April 28, 2015, Migos announced they would postpone their "Yung Rich Nation" tour until July.
On May 2, 2015, Offset received additional charges of battery and inciting a riot within a correctional facility after attacking another inmate, causing severe injury. In a bond hearing before Bulloch County Superior Court Judge John R. Turner on May 8, 2015, Offset was formally denied bond based on his prior criminal history as well as the jail fight on May 2. During the hearing, two members of Migos' entourage were also denied bonds while four others were granted bonds and were barred from returning to Bulloch County as a condition of their release. Also, Judge Turner directed the four who were released not to make contact with anyone involved in the case. Offset's attorney argued that the rap trio were unfairly profiled by law enforcement and that officers had failed to prove ownership of the firearms and illicit drugs found within the two vans; however, the prosecution responded that law enforcement were present at the concert for the safety of the students and the public at large due to Migos' reputation of violence at their shows. Upon hearing the decision, Offset shouted obscenities as he was escorted out of the courtroom.
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