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Migos is an American hip hop trio from Lawrenceville, Georgia, formed in 20091 The trio is composed of three rappers, known by their stage names Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff Migos released their commercial debut single "Versace" in 2013, taken from their mixtape YRN Young Rich Niggas They went on to release several singles, such as "Fight Night" 2014, "Look at My Dab" 2015, and the chart-topping hit "Bad and Boujee" 2016

Migos released their debut album Yung Rich Nation in 2015, through Quality Control Music and 300 Entertainment Their second album, Culture, was released in January 2017 and debuted atop the Billboard 200 chart23 Migos are managed by Coach K, the former manager of Atlanta-based rappers Gucci Mane and Young Jeezy,4 and frequently collaborate with producers DJ Durel, Murda Beatz, and Zaytoven5


  • 1 History
    • 11 2009–12: Formation and early releases
    • 12 2013: Breakthrough and Young Rich Niggas
    • 13 2014–15: Mixtapes and Yung Rich Nation
    • 14 2016–present: Culture and Culture 2
  • 2 Legal issues
    • 21 Prior to fame
    • 22 2015: Georgia Southern University concert incident
    • 23 2016-2017: Continued legal issues
  • 3 Discography
  • 4 Filmography
  • 5 Awards and nominations
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


2009–12: Formation and early releases

Migos was formed in 2009, by Quavo born Quavious Keyate Marshall,6 Takeoff born Kirshnik Khari Ball,7 and Offset born Kiari Kendrell Cephus,8 originally known as Polo Club and from Lawrenceville, Georgia The three members are directly related and were raised together; Quavo is Takeoff's uncle, and Offset is Quavo's cousin9 The three of them grew up together in Gwinnett County, a mostly suburban area half an hour northeast of Atlanta "I ain't going to sit here like, 'My neighborhood was hard, and I had to get out there and grind' We made it hard for ourselves We chose to stay on the streets," Quavo said10 The group released their first full-length project, a mixtape titled Juug Season, on August 25, 2011 They followed with the mixtape No Label on June 1, 2012

2013: Breakthrough and Young Rich Niggas

In 2013, Migos released their breakout single "Versace" The single was produced by Zaytoven and peaked at number 99 on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart1112 Later that year, Canadian rapper Drake brought the single more recognition when he remixed the song, adding a verse, which he would later perform at the 2013 iHeartRadio Music Festival13 On June 13, Migos released their mixtape YRN Young Rich Niggas, which features the lead single "Versace", 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 Future14

On June 15, 2013, the group performed at rap radio station Hot 1079's Birthday Bash In October 2013, the group was featured in XXL's section "Show & Prove"15 "Versace" was placed in multiple year-end lists of 2013, including number three on XXL's "The 25 Best Songs of 2013",16 number four on Complex's "The 50 Best Songs of 2013",17 number five on SPIN's "50 Best Songs of 2013,"18 number 38 on Pitchfork's "The Top 100 Tracks of 2013"19 and number 69 on Rolling Stone's "The 100 Best Songs of 2013"20 YRN Young Rich Niggas was named the 27th-best album of 2013 and sixth-best hip-hop album of 2013 by SPIN2122

2014–15: Mixtapes and Yung Rich Nation

On February 25, 2014, Migos released the sequel to their second mixtape, titling it No Label 2 The tape was downloaded over 100,000 times in the first week of its release and was certified gold on popular mixtape sharing site DatPiff23 No Label 2 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"24 and Exclaim! commented that it "is packed with potential hits"25 Vibe also praised the production on the tape, calling it "extensive and impressive"26

On March 14, 2014, it was revealed by Migos' mixtape YRN 2, that the project had turned out to be a full-fledged album The trio were looking to put it up for amount of 20 songs on their effort27 In June 2014, it was revealed that Migos had signed a deal to 300 Entertainment, which is distributed by Atlantic Records28 In June 2014, their single "Fight Night" was featured on XXL's "25 Best Songs of 2014 so far" list29 It has peaked at number 69 on the Billboard Hot 100 Following the release of their mixtape, Rich Nigga Timeline, which was released on November 5, 2014 Rolling Stone voted it the 7th-best rap album of 2014

On February 5, 2015, Migos released the first single from the album, entitled "One Time" On March 23, 2015, the group released a music video for the single, as a part of a cross-promotion with the YouTube Music Awards The single peaked at number 34 on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs After a slight delay, because of the Georgia Southern University incident which led to Offset's incarceration, Migos' debut album, Yung Rich Nation originally titled YRN: Tha Album, was released on July 31, 2015, featuring guest appearances from Chris Brown and Young Thug Yung Rich Nation received generally positive reviews from music critics In its first week, the album sold 15,000 copies and came in at number 3 on the Top Rap Albums Charts30

Migos has said that the group had already completed their second studio album Referring to this album's release, in an interview with DJ Whoo Kid, Takeoff said, "its all about timing" The track "Fantastic", featuring Lil Wayne, will be included on the album They would also like to collaborate with rapper Nas31

In September 2015, Migos went independent They left 300 Entertainment as they felt that Quality Control Music could manage them alone and this would also increase their revenue stream Under 300 Entertainment, they made approximately US$30–40,000 per show; however, through Quality Control they made upwards of US$ 60,00032

On September 17, 2015, Migos released a new mixtape titled Back to the Bando Although fellow member Offset was still incarcerated, Migos continued to release music at a rapid pace The first song off the mixtape, "Look at My Dab", was released on September 6 It was officially released as a single through iTunes on October 3033 The song has gained worldwide attention ever since Migos and other known people such Odell Beckham Jr and Cam Newton have been doing the signature dance move called "dabbing"

On October 22, Migos and Rich the Kid released Streets on Lock 4 Migos was originally supposed to release the collaboration mixtape with Young Thug entitled MigoThuggin in late 2016 but shelved it34 Migos will be going on their Dab Tour which wiil feature fellow label mate Skippa da Flippa Their follow up mixtape to YRN sequel, Young Rich Niggas 2, was released on January 18

2016–present: Culture and Culture 2

On September 7, 2016, Kanye West announced that he had signed Migos to a management deal with his GOOD Music imprint,35 but in January 2017 the group stated that they are not affiliated with West's label36

On October 28, 2016, Migos released the first single, titled "Bad and Boujee", from their upcoming second studio album The song was produced by Metro Boomin and features vocals from fellow American rapper Lil Uzi Vert The music video for the single was released on October 31 The single went on to top the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Migos' first number one single in the US37 Their second album, Culture, was released on January 27, 201738 In April 2017, Migos were featured on Katy Perry's song "Bon Appétit" from her fifth studio album, Witness

Migos member, Offset, confirmed in a Hollywood Fixer interview that Culture 2 will be released in October 2017, but was it announced that it will be released in January 201839

On May 30, 2017, Migos branded by Quality Control released "Too Hotty" which will be on the upcoming compilations album, Quality Control Presents: Control The Streets Volume One The single was officially released on streaming service on August 24, 2017 The music video was released on August 254041

On October 27, Migos officially released "MotorSport", the lead single of their second studio album Culture 2, along with Cardi B and Nicki Minaj42

Legal issues

Prior to fame

When Migos first rose to prominence in 2013, Offset was incarcerated in Georgia's Dekalb County jail for violating his probation that he had received due to prior felony convictions for burglary and theft1043

2015: 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 7:00 pm with local opening acts; however, the group took the stage nearly an hour and a half later than their scheduled 9:00 pm set time Although their 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 another controlled substance, possession of firearms within a school safety zone, possession of firearms during the commission of a crime, and possession of firearms by convicted felons4445

On April 20, 2015, Takeoff, Quavo, and six members of 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 was allowed to perform as the student body had voted to have the group perform among seven acts that were up for consideration, and student fees and ticket sales were used to pay for the concert46 According to the performance contract, the group were to be paid $30,000 with their promoter Big House Collective receiving an additional $3,000 University officials initially sought to put Migos in breach of contract due to the group's late arrival, shortened performance, and possession of contraband on university property; however, the university ultimately paid half of the agreed upon fees4748 As a result of their arrests, on April 28, 2015, Migos announced they would postpone their Yung Rich Nation Tour until July49

On May 2, 2015, Offset, while in custody, received additional charges of battery and inciting a riot within a penal facility after attacking another inmate, causing severe injury50 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 record as well as the then-recent jail fight 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 public at-large due to Migos' history of violence Upon hearing the decision, Offset shouted obscenities as he was escorted out of the courtroom51

After eight months in custody, Offset was released on December 4, 2015, after accepting an Alford plea deal The plea deal dropped the gun, drug, and gang-related charges in exchange for pleading guilty to inciting a riot within a penal facility; paying a $1,000 fine; serving five years probation; and banishment from Bulloch, Effingham, Jenkins, and Screven Counties Takeoff, facing misdemeanor marijuana charges, also accepted a plea deal and was sentenced with 12 months' probation Quavo pleaded no contest to misdemeanor marijuana charges and received a 12-month sentence, which was suspended based on payment of fines52

2016-2017: Continued legal issues

On March 17, 2016, Offset was arrested for driving with a suspended license in Atlanta but was released the next day without having charges filed against him8 Offset has since claimed his license was never suspended and the police detained him without probable cause53

On July 7, 2017, Takeoff was asked to leave a flight from Atlanta to Des Moines, Iowa, after he reportedly refused to move his bag from the floor to an overhead storage bin prior to takeoff54


Main article: Migos discography
  • Yung Rich Nation 2015
  • Culture 2017
  • Culture 2 2018


Year Title Role Notes
2014 Bando55 Quavo, Takeoff, and Offset short film
Year Title Role Notes
2016 Atlanta Quavo, Takeoff, and Offset Episode: "Go for Broke"


  • All three members of the Migos appeared portraying fictionalized versions of themselves

Awards and nominations

Year Awards Nominated work Category Result Ref
2014 BET Hip Hop Awards Rookie of the Year Nominated 56
"Fight Night" Best Club Banger Nominated
No Label II Best Mixtape Nominated
2015 BET Awards Best Group Nominated 57
2017 Billboard Music Awards "Bad and Boujee" featuring Lil Uzi Vert Top Rap Song Nominated 58
Top Rap Collaboration Nominated
BET Awards Best Group Won 59
"Bad and Boujee" feat Lil Uzi Vert Best Collaboration Won
Video of the Year Nominated
Viewers’ Choice Award Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards Best Hip Hop Video Nominated 60
MTV Europe Music Awards "Bon Appétit" with Katy Perry Best Video Nominated


  1. ^ "Migos Rises From The Bando To The Mainstream" Xxlmagcom Retrieved January 27, 2017 
  2. ^ "Culture by Migos on Apple Music" Itunesapplecom Retrieved January 27, 2017 
  3. ^ Weinstein, Max "Migos to Perform in New York City the Same Day 'Culture' Album Drops - XXL" XXL Mag 
  4. ^ "Hear What Jeezy And Gucci Mane's Former Manager Coach K Has To Say" XXL September 2013 Retrieved December 7, 2013 
  5. ^ "Zaytoven Talks New Movie 'Birds Of A Feather,' Meeting Migos And Working With Drake, Gucci Mane And Chief Keef" XXL July 2013 Retrieved December 7, 2013 
  6. ^ Kreps, Daniel April 19, 2015 "Migos Members Arrested on Guns, Drugs Charges After Concert" Rolling Stone Retrieved January 27, 2017 
  7. ^ Chris Molanphy January 16, 2017 "Why Migos' "Bad and Boujee" Is the Latest Viral Rap Hit to Go to No 1" Slate 
  8. ^ a b Legaspi, Althea March 17, 2016 "Migos' Offset Arrested for Suspended License" Rolling Stone Retrieved July 9, 2017 
  9. ^ "Move" Spin Retrieved December 7, 2013 
  10. ^ a b "Migos: Young, Rich and Outrunning Trouble" Rolling Stone June 24, 2015 Retrieved June 20, 2017 
  11. ^ "Lil B, Migos, Vince Staples & Janine And The Mixtape: Free Music Round-Up" Billboard Retrieved December 7, 2013 
  12. ^ "Migos - Chart History" Billboard Retrieved December 7, 2013 
  13. ^ "iHeartRadio Music Festival Saturday: Justin Timberlake Takes Back the Night From Drake & Miley Cyrus" Billboard Retrieved December 7, 2013 
  14. ^ "Migos, 'Young Rich Niggas' Self-Released" Spin Retrieved December 7, 2013 
  15. ^ "Migos, Rich Homie Quan & Iamsu! Show & Prove In XXL Issue 151" XXL Retrieved December 7, 2013 
  16. ^ "The 25 Best Songs Of 2013" XXL Retrieved December 26, 2013 
  17. ^ "4 Migos f/ Drake, Meek Mill, & Tyga "Versace"" Complex Retrieved December 7, 2013 
  18. ^ "SPIN's 50 Best Songs of 2013" Spin Retrieved December 27, 2013 
  19. ^ "The Top Tracks of 2013" Pitchfork Media Retrieved December 16, 2013 
  20. ^ "69Migos feat Drake, "Versace Remix"" Rolling Stone Retrieved December 7, 2013 
  21. ^ "SPIN's 40 Best Hip-Hop Albums of 2013" Spin Retrieved December 27, 2013 
  22. ^ "SPIN's 50 Best Albums of 2013" Spin Retrieved December 27, 2013 
  23. ^ "Migos - No Label II" DatPiff Retrieved March 4, 2014 
  24. ^ "Download: Migos' new mixtape No Label 2" Consequence of Sound February 2014 Retrieved March 2, 2014 
  25. ^ "Migos 'No Label II' mixtape" Exclaim! Retrieved March 2, 2014 
  26. ^ "New Mixtape: Migos "No Label 2"" Vibe Retrieved March 2, 2014 
  27. ^ "Migos Working On Debut Album "YRN 2", Aiming For Up To Twenty Songs On The Record" HotnewHiphopcom March 14, 2014 Retrieved April 2, 2015 
  28. ^ Harling, Danielle June 18, 2014 "Young Thug, Migos Sign With Lyor Cohen, Kevin Liles & Todd Moscowitz's 300 Label" HipHopDXcom Retrieved April 2, 2015 
  29. ^ "The 25 Best Songs Of 2014 So Far" XXL July 2014 Retrieved July 3, 2014 
  30. ^ Goddard, Kevin August 13, 2015 "First Week Sales Numbers For Migos' "Yung Rich Nation"" HotNewHipHopcom Retrieved August 13, 2015 
  31. ^ Lyons, Patrick October 8, 2015 "Migos Say They're Already Done With Their Next Album" HotNewHipHopcom Retrieved August 13, 2015 
  32. ^ "Can Migos Continue To Have A Major Impact As An Independent Act" Forbes Retrieved March 18, 2016 
  33. ^ Goddard, Kevin September 9, 2015 "Migos Announce "Back to the Bando" Release Date" HotNewHipHopcom Retrieved September 9, 2015 
  34. ^ Gase, Zach October 5, 2015 "Migos and Young Thug to release 'MigoThuggin'" NationalSunTimescom Retrieved 2015-10-05 
  35. ^ Goddard, Kevin "Kanye West Signs Tyga & Migos To GOOD Music" HotNewHipHop Retrieved January 13, 2017 
  36. ^ Schwadron, Eli "Migos Are Not Signed to GOOD Music" XXL Retrieved February 1, 2017 
  37. ^ Trust, Gary "Migos' 'Bad and Boujee,' Featuring Lil Uzi Vert, Tops Hot 100" Billboard 
  38. ^ Goddard, Kevin "Stream Migos' New Album "Culture"" HotNewHipHop Retrieved January 27, 2017 
  39. ^ "Offset Says Migos' 'Culture 2' Album Drops in October - XXL" XXL Mag 
  40. ^ ""Too Hotty" on Apple Music" 
  41. ^ "Migos Crank Up the Heat in Their New Video 'Too Hotty': Watch" 
  42. ^ "MIGOS PREVIEW NEW SONG "MOTORSPORT" WITH CARDI B AND NICKI MINAJ" XXL October 26, 2017 Retrieved October 27, 2017 
  43. ^ Offset of the Migos Denied Bond After Georgia Southern University Arrest XXL
  44. ^ "Migos rap group members arrested at Hanner show" Statesboro Herald Retrieved April 20, 2015 
  45. ^ Gorla, Lauren "Migos arrested following delayed Spring Concert" The George-Anne Retrieved April 22, 2015 
  46. ^ Saxon, Holli "Two Migos rappers post bond; one held in jail" Statesboro Herald Retrieved April 21, 2015 
  47. ^ Cannady, Dal "Georgia Southern searches for way to break contract with Migos after arrest" WTOC Retrieved January 26, 2016 
  48. ^ Saxon, Holli "Migos rapper still in jail" Statesboro Herald Retrieved May 2, 2015 
  49. ^ Spanos, Brittany April 28, 2015 "Migos Postpone 'Yung Rich Nation' Tour After Arrests" Rolling Stone Retrieved April 29, 2015 
  50. ^ Saxon, Holli "Migos rapper charged in Bulloch County Jail fight" Statesboro Herald Retrieved May 6, 2015 
  51. ^ Saxon, Holli "UPDATE: Bond denial angers Migos rapper" Statesboro Herald Retrieved May 8, 2015 
  52. ^ "Plea deals keep rap group Migos out of jail" WSB-TV Retrieved January 22, 2016 
  53. ^ "Migos Rapper Offset -- Arrested By Mistake the Court Screwed Up My Case!" TMZ Retrieved 2017-12-12 
  54. ^ Stedman, Alex July 7, 2017 "Migos Kicked Off Delta Flight, Managers Claims Racial Profiling | Variety" Varietycom Retrieved July 9, 2017 
  55. ^ http://hiphopdxcom, HipHopDX - "Migos - "Bando" Short Film" HipHopDXcom Retrieved July 9, 2017 
  56. ^ Nostro, Lauren September 2014 "Here Are the 2014 BET Hip-Hop Award Nominees" Complex Complex Media Retrieved October 27, 2014 
  57. ^ "BET Awards 2015 Nominations: Chris Brown & Nicki Minaj Lead" Billboard May 18, 2015 Retrieved August 3, 2015 
  58. ^ "Drake, The Chainsmokers Lead Nominees for the 2017 Billboard Music Awards" Billboard Retrieved April 12, 2017 
  59. ^ "Beyoncé and Bruno Mars lead 2017 BET Awards nominations" Channel May 15, 2017 Retrieved May 15, 2017 
  60. ^ "MTV Video Music Awards 2017 nominations" BBC News 25 July 2017 Retrieved 26 July 2017 

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