Migos Reveal How They Assembled ‘Culture’ From Individual Recordings
Just like before any highly anticipated album release, Quavo, Offset and Takeoff have been making the media rounds lately, rapping children’s books and appearing on late night shows (made possible by Donald Glover, apparently).
In the midst of the excitement, there were a couple brief mentions by Migos members Quavo and Offset that touched on the recording process for their new album, and although they haven’t received much coverage, they blew my mind when I heard them.
Apparently, for this album, the three got their own separate mics and studios and recorded individual material, and then brought it back together to form what would become C U L T U R E.
The first mention of this was in a recent feature by The FADER, in which Offset reveals that he recorded “Bad and Boujee” alone in his basement.
"'Bad and Boujee’ connects with everybody. It struck so fast. And it meant so much to me, because I recorded that song myself at home, in my basement. I was home alone and I recorded it myself."
While that alone is a bit mind-blowing, it was a recent interview with BigBoyTV that really revealed just how efficient Migos are in their odd recording process.
Quavo's comments begin at around the 6:25 minute mark.
"We did the album I think a little different, we all got our own mics and we all got our own studios cause we all know how to record each other and we was just layin' down tracks and then bringin' em together. So, that's how Offset pulled up with the 'Bad and Boujee' cause he's just going in and then I was like 'Damn, I gotta get on this, we gotta get on this' and it was just swappin', all in house."
So, essentially, Migos all recorded individual material, then joined forces to comb through their individual recordings, pick the hottest shit they had made, and added the two missing performances to whoever originally created the track?
I’m no recording expert, but I’ve never heard of a project being crafted in this fashion. Of course, it’s commonplace for another artist’s verses to be laid down after the original creation of the track—that’s how most feature tracks happen in the digital era, and for artists to collaborate by recording in separate locations.
To those of us on the outside, though, Migos' group dynamic seems centered on the ability to play off of each other for creative inspiration. It's crazy to hear they are essentially tailoring the process to separate their creative processes, while still ultimately bringing inspiration from three different minds into one cohesive vision.
This is another example of Migos’ collective genius, but it also shows how talented and efficient each member is individually, and it now makes sense how the three were able to all shine independently of one another on C U L T U R E.
By Brent Bradley. Follow him on Twitter.