For as much influence as Migos has had on hip-hop culture over their career, they’ve also allowed themselves to be influenced and open to changing sounds and styles. This decision has absolutely been a contributing factor to their huge successes, and it’s one that they acknowledge.
In a brand new interview with DJ Whoo Kid, the trio was quick to credit Atlanta production staple Zaytoven with helping them develop their sound and pushing their flows to adapt to his instrumentals.
Their comments begin around the 2:35-minute mark.
After shouting out Zaytoven, however, they made it clear that while plenty of name producers have influenced their approach to making records, they all have different preferred lanes of production when it comes to chasing inspiration.
While Quavo and Offset both prefer to work with well-known producers—Metro Boomin, Mike WiLL Made-It, Southside—Takeoff usually leans toward finding unknown producers, which is something his fellow Migos (Migi?) compadres greatly respect.
"I feel like cause they grind, they still be wantin it. They ain't get too big headed or they ain't been no where and they ain't seen nothin so the drive is still there." - Takeoff
Takeoff is right: unknown producers will always be hungrier than established veterans because they’ve yet to be clouded by success.
What seems like a no-brainer decision, though, is actually a calculated tactic that has been employed by many Southern artists since the rise of Gucci Mane and Waka Flocka Flame.
These days you can throw a rock in any direction on the internet and hit a talented producer, but by going out of their way to work with unknown talent, Migos will always be sure to keep their art a step ahead of stagnation.
By Brent Bradley. Follow him on Twitter.
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