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Takeoff is Migos’ secret weapon, so why hasn’t he made solo moves yet?

The internet lost its collective shit earlier this summer when an interview between the ‘Everyday Struggle’ crew and Migos turned a little dramatic.

It all began when noted trash take haver and Jerry from Tom and Jerry lookalike, DJ Akademiks asked the Migos’ Takeoff how he felt about being ‘left off’ the group’s number 1 hit “Bad and Boujee”.

Then chaos ensued.

Takeoff, wearing Versace, dripping in jewelry, and rocking clout goggles, responded “Does it look like I’m left off ‘Bad and Boujee?'”

No, it did not appear to the naked eye as if Takeoff had been left off “Bad and Boujee”, but Akademiks didn’t seem to be able to understand Takeoff’s Southern drawl and kept asking “I’m sorry what?”, Joe Budden walked off the set, and Migos gave us the best GIF of all-time.

The entire interaction became one of the funniest viral moments of the summer, with amazing edited videos and gifs capturing the reactions from all of those involved.

Migos have apparently not forgotten this encounter. On the chorus to “Ice Tray”, off the new Quality Control release, with Quavo and Lil Yachty, the chorus includes the line “If a n**** hatin’, call him Joe Budden (pussy)”. While Joe Budden more actively hated on Lil Yachty, or his happiness, the message is rather clear.

The actual question at hand, why Takeoff was left off “Bad and Boujee”, is still kind of legitimate. Adding Lil Uzi Vert’s (unnecessary at best) verse instead of Takeoff seems like a bit of an oversight.

As the other Migos members Quavo and Offset see their stars rise meteorically through pop feature placements and celebrity engagements, you’d be forgiven for your own oversight of Takeoff’s work. But if you’ve been paying attention to Migos since “Versace” and the litany mixtapes and releases since, you already know the youngest Migos member has the bars.

When Offset was serving various stints in jail, it was the duo of Quavo and Takeoff that took the hip-hop world by storm.

It’s clear from their very first releases, like “Chirpin” that Takeoff has the skills.

His distinct delivery and deep, gravelly voice, arguably the most outstanding and unique of Migos as a whole, makes him the perfect foil to Quavo’s harmonies and Offset’s aggression.

Takeoff is both the youngest and most reserved member of the group, which means that he gathers up less blog and tabloid headlines, perhaps this is by design.

All you have to do is watch a Migos interview to see the dynamic between the three in which Takeoff is clearly the least talkative and eager to please interviewers.

The video for an early Migos release “Rich Then Famous” begins with Takeoff claiming he’d rather be rich than famous.

This contrasts with the other two members of the group.

Quavo, who was also the high school quarterback, is a natural superstar. His crossover appeal has seen him jump on songs with former One Direction member Liam Payne, Justin Bieber, Kanye West, and Keke Palmer.

On the other hand, Offset has featured on some of the best hip-hop songs of the year, rapping on songs with Cardi B, Gucci Mane, and Young Nudy.

It’s hard to imagine Takeoff matching up with any of the artists Quavo worked with, his choppy, gravelly style is perhaps the most specific to Atlanta trap music of the group. And while Takeoff hasn’t joined any One Direction members or become the trap feature du jour like Offset, he’s been putting in fuckin’ work this year.

2017 may have begun with being “left off” the group’s smash “Bad and Boujee”, but Takeoff went crazy (apology for the ableist term) on numerous tracks off the group’s aptly named album Culture.

Take “T-Shirt” for instance. Takeoff not only bodies the chorus, his verse is easily the best on the song. On hits like “Slippery” and “Get Right Witcha” Offset caps off the song with a final verse in his trademark rhythmic, symmetrical flow.

“Call Casting”, another jam off Culture, sees Takeoff supply the chorus and a first verse that was one of the best of the entire album.

Takeoff didn’t have the type of year that Quavo or Offset had in lieu of Culture, but he’s capped off 2017 with a standout performance on the Quality Control label’s Quality Control: Control The Streets Vol. 1.

“We The Ones”,  off Control The Streets with Takeoff and “First Day Out” rapper Tee Grizzley, is perhaps the most exciting and energetic song on the massive 30-track project.

On “Interview”, which features Takeoff and Offset, Takeoff raps about his dislike for interviews, a reference to that incident with Akademiks and co.:

“Don’t ask me no questions in no more interviews
‘Cause I don’t really like to talk much
Not that I don’t know how to speak
It’s you just ain’t paying me enough to talk much”

“Intruder”, his only solo release to date, shows Takeoff rapping more unhinged and rawer than with on most Migos tracks.

Hearing Takeoff on his own, or outside the Migos margins, offers a different perspective on his skills and shows the potential of an artist that has yet to take that step into personal stardom.

It’s clear that Takeoff is the Migos member that’s least comfortable or interested in the spotlight. Despite the fact that he hasn’t made an active attempt to crossover like his bandmates and become a pop cultural phenomenon, Takeoff is consistently putting out heat.

If 2017 was Offset’s coming out year, the early signs are that 2018 looks like it’s got Takeoff written all over it. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Quavo has most Top 10 hits this year, but he better not be getting any ideas…

Quavo, one-third of the hip-hop trio Migos, has the most Top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 this year (And he’s been stuntin’ like crazy).

It all started with the ubiquitous Migos track “Bad and Boujee,” followed by a litany of features that have dominated the charts. With appearances on DJ Khaled’s “Im The One” (peaked at number 1 on the charts), Post Malone’s “Congratulations” (peaked at 8), and Drake’s “Portland” (peaked at 8), Quavo’s unmistakable flow has been all over hip-hop and pop radio.

Quavo’s final Top 10 appearance comes this week as “Strip That Down,” a collaboration with UK singer Liam Payne, has found its way onto the American charts.

W O R K T H A T S A L L I T T A K E S 🙌🏾

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Quavo has become the de facto go-to dude for a feature, regardless of genre. If you look at the selection of songs that are charting, only one of them is an actual Migos song. This all shows the crossover appeal of Quavo, and the hip-hop genre itself, which has become the most popular style of music in America.

It’s pretty hilarious that Liam Payne, a former member of British boy band One Direction, enlisted Quavo for his song. “Strip That Down” is not an overly good song if we’re being honest, but shouts out to Quavo for getting all the checks.

Quavo is a pop star now and for Migos stans, myself included, that have watched the group’s rise over the years it’s a beautiful thing to see. But I just want to go on the record as saying that despite Quavo’s crossover, Migos must stay together. In these times of natural disaster and political unrest, we need Migos now more than ever.

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Sir Quavo, you can do your little pop features all you want, keep getting those One Direction and DJ Khaled checks, but the North Atlanta triptych of Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff must be protected at all costs.

None of those other pop features are as good as anything off Migos’ album Culture.

For what it’s worth, Offset has been doing a bunch of his own features too, although for artists like Gucci Mane and Kodak Black, not Liam Payne.

While it’s very important that we preserve the Migos, our generation’s Beatles, there is one solo Quavo venture that I’m down for. A petition started last month called for Quavo to remix the national anthem because it’s 2017 and the Star Spangled Banner could use a little livening.

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Quavo responded to the petition by saying he would love to remake the national anthem and make it an inclusive song for everyone to enjoy,

“There’s a lot going behind the national anthem. I would love to do it, but I wanna do like a 2017 National anthem for both people & all races. Something thats representing now. Something that representing the modern day national anthem. So I think if I got with some good musicians and just write something that’s very strong & powerful.”

Sounds amazing to me.

Something tells me that “Strip That Down” won’t be the last Quavo song to make it to the Top 10. Everyone wants to collaborate with this dude, he’s a hitmaker.

Yesterday Quavo posted a picture of himself and Travis Scott with the caption “OTW.”

O T W 🔥

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Any Travis Scott and Quavo collaboration album will surely have a whole bunch of hits with two of the biggest artists in hip-hop right now.

But all that other stuff is just noise. We need more Migos music. That is when Quavo is best, alongside Takeoff and Offset.

Features with One Direction guys are cool and all, but I think we can all agree we’d rather have Culture 2 than any more Quavo pop songs.