It's no secret that Migos work quickly in the studio, typically spending no more than 20 to 45 minutes on any given song, which is why it should come as no surprise to learn that Quavo and company recorded their hit single "Stir Fry" and "APESHIT," the lead single off The Carters' EVERYTHING IS LOVE album, in the same one-hour studio session.
In a new interview with Billboard, unofficial group spokesman Quavo was asked about the backstory behind the record:
"I was in the lab with Pharrell. I actually made 'Apeshit' and 'Stir Fry' in the same day and hour. I made 'Stir Fry' first, then right after that he pulled up another beat and we made 'Apeshit.' I left both records and he sent me 'Stir Fry.' I told him I was going to use that for the album. I totally forgot about 'Apeshit' -- I just forgot about it. I knew he was going to do something with it and then he called me one day saying, 'It's out of here' and it definitely was."
Following the release of EVERYTHING IS LOVE, a reference track for "APESHIT" leaked to YouTube, which, as we now know, was actually the original version of the record that Quavo wrote and recorded the same day as "Stir Fry." For those keeping track at home, "Stir Fry" peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, while "APESHIT" peaked at No. 13, meaning that, in less than 60 minutes, Quavo crafted a pair of top 20 records.
Considering how quickly Migos operate in the studio and the volume of material they record on a regular basis, it's understandable that the group, or Quavo at least, forgot about a would-be hit record. What is somewhat disappointing, though, is that the bloated Culture II didn't feature more collaborative work between the Atlanta trio and the producer of both records, Pharrell Williams. They sound great together.
In addition to heading out on the road with Drake for the slightly-postponed Aubrey & the Three Migos Tour, Migos are currently cooking up "top secret music," including a brand new single which will be released on the day of their first tour stop (August 10 in Kansas City). Migos also have an exclusive song ("They Can't Win") on the upcoming, exclusively hip-hop soundtrack to Madden NFL 19.