Offset: Family Matters

The third and final Migos member to release a solo album, Offset recounts his tumultuous rise to fame, and the familial problems that come with it.

By Damien Besançon | Video of the Day | April 4, 2019
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In 2017, while receiving the Golden Globe for his show Atlanta, Donald Glover proclaimed: “Migos are the Beatles of this generation”. This bold statement occurred shortly after the release of the trio’s hit Bad & Boujee, that Glover had humorously translated onto screen. At that time none of the three Migos had produced a solo album. Last fall, Quavo released his first, followed by Takeoff. Now it is Offset’s turn to shine. Out of these three records, his is by far the most personal and the darkest. We already knew that Offset, born Kiari Kendrell Cephus in December 1991, had a darker sensibility. After all, he released an excellent mixtape with 21 Savage and Metro Boomin. It was, however, unexpected that Offset would become the broken and relentless narrator of Father of 4, intimately confessing and repenting with autotuned sounds in an inaugural song à la Future. Tats on My Face is a syncopated banger typical of Migos. Offset invites many of his friends to perform with him (Travis Scott, Gucci Mane, J Cole, as well as his ex-partner Cardi B whose influence is clear on many tracks), Offset manages to find his own style, proving that he could be independent without Quavo and Takeoff. On the record, Metro Boomin and Southside are here to help to masterfully combine dark melodies covered with strings. Offset addresses death, his addictions, and his cowardice, all in raw introspection. He also performs a few athletic ternary flows (Made Men, How Did I get Here) and absurd ad-libs, reminding us that he is also one of today most entertaining and impressive rappers.





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