Migos is a Southern-based hip-hop trio comprised of family members Quavo, Offset and Takeoff. The group is known for their chart toppers such as 'Versace' and 'Bad and Boujee.'
Migos is a hip-hop trio from Lawrenceville, Georgia, comprised of family members Quavo, Offset and Takeoff. Known as purveyors of trap music, the group has ignited global trends like the dab — the head-dropped arm-bent dance — and their mixtapes and videos have gone viral. Among their notable hits are "Versace" and "Bad and Boujee."
“They’re the Beatles of this generation… There’s a generation of kids — like, the YouTube generation I came up with — that are growing up on something that’s completely separate from a whole group of people. That song, Bad and Boujee, is just fly. There’s no better song to have sex to.”
So spoke the actor and musician Donald Glover at the Golden Globe awards on January 8, 2017. With these words, he sent the internet into meltdown — and "Bad and Boujee" to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, officially ordaining Migos, the trio from Lawrenceville, Georgia, as hip hop’s hottest property — the Fab Three of trap.
Migos are a family affair. They are two cousins, Quavo, 26, and Offset, 25, and Quavo’s nephew Takeoff, who at 22 is just four years younger than his uncle. Purveyors of trap music, the bass-heavy Southern variant of hip hop, Migos are renowned for their distinctive offbeat “triplet” rhyming style — rapping to a frequency of just three beats in a standard 4/4 time signature — copied by Kanye West and Drake, among many others. Migos’ mixtapes and videos have been going viral — igniting global trends such as the dab, the head-dropped arm-bent dance — since 2013; now they have exploded into the mainstream.
Quavious Marshall (Quavo), Kiari Cephus (Offset) and Kirshnik Ball (Takeoff) were all born and raised in the sleepy suburban town of Lawrenceville, Georgia. They grew up together. Quavo’s father died when he was four years old; Takeoff and Offset’s fathers both left when they were young. So Quavo’s mother, a hair stylist, often looked after all three boys in her small house. The boys all called her Mama, but “she was the father figure,” Quavo told Rolling Stone in February 2017. “She knew how to raise you as a man.”
The three boys had different personalities. Takeoff loved wrestling and used to practice in a makeshift ring in the back yard. Quavo was obsessed with marine documentaries on the National Geographic Channel — though he was also a star quarterback at Berkmar High School. Offset played football, too, but his short fuse repeatedly got the better of him — as a result he ended up at military school.
Quavo and Takeoff began rapping early, the former recording mixtapes as Crunk Boy by the time he was in the eighth grade. His classmates did not see his potential. “Everybody laughed at me,” he told XL Magazine in May 2014. When Offset spoke up in support of his cousin, Quavo persuaded him to try rapping, too. The following year, in 2009, the trio had formed their first group: Polo Club.
But rapping was not their only extracurricular activity during high school. The lyrics of their song "Bando" detail their involvement in the drug trade — a “bando” is an abandoned house where drugs are sold and/or manufactured. As Offset told Rolling Stone, making music “took dough,” which they needed not only for expensive recording equipment but also for clothes and jewelry, so they looked the part.