Migos have returned with “Straightenin,” their first standalone single of 2021. The hypnotic song is lifted from the hip-hop trio’s hotly-anticipated Culture III LP. “Straightenin” arrived at midnight with an official music video, directed by Keemotion. The track finds Migos―the group of Takeoff, Offset, and Quavo―back in their collective pocket, crafting an anthemic and effortlessly catchy rap hit.
The Quality Control rap squad’s effortless blend of clever lyrics and otherworldly adlibs is on full display here, with bars like Offset’s “We were trappin’ out the spot, out the basement/Tasmanian Devil, we spin on your block.” Each member’s unique personality is on full display throughout “Straightenin,” with Quavo providing the radiant personality, Takeoff bringing the clever bars, and Offset providing an unimpeachable cool.
While this is the first we’ve heard from the united group in 2021, each member of Migos had a very active 2020. Quavo was recruited by Justin Bieber for the singer’s hit single, “Intentions.” The track, from Bieber’s album Changes, reached No.5 on the charts and has gone 3x platinum. The rapper was also recruited for the last DaBaby album, Blame It On Baby, with the two trading bars on “Pick Up.”
Offset played a crucial role in YBN Nahmir’s “2 Seater,” alongside G-Eazy. Offset, alongside Quavo, also popped up on Travis Scott’s JackBoys compilation at the end of 2019. All the while, Takeoff, the third member of Migos, spent 2020 dropping singles, like “All Time High” with YRN Lingo. He also joined forces with Quavo and Rich the Kid on “Too Blessed.”
Migos announced the completion of Culture III back in January. Recorded in the group’s Los Angeles “compound” and an Atlanta recording studio, Quavo explained that the making of Culture III was a chance for the trio to merge once again after each member’s solo career has afforded them different opportunities since their last group full release, apart from their stand-alone singles. Though the release of “Straightenin” came without any news of a Culture III release date, a new single from the group is bound to be followed by something big.