Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Migos

  • Young Rich Niggas [self-released download, 2013] ***
  • Rich Nigga Timeline [mixtape download, 2014] *
  • Yung Rich Nation [300 Entertainment/Quality Control/Atlantic, 2015] B+

Consumer Guide Reviews:

Young Rich Niggas [self-released download, 2013]
If you go to all the trouble of cooking crack, you might as well get your chortle on about it ("Hanna Montana," "Versace," "Bakersman") ***

Rich Nigga Timeline [mixtape download, 2014]
Hoping their base forgives them for acting so soft, gangstas redux stick their catchiest number at the end of this overlength 18-tracker ("Struggle," "Bachelor") *

Yung Rich Nation [300 Entertainment/Quality Control/Atlantic, 2015]
"You know, it feel good when you're recognized," they're not ashamed to conclude, and although at first I was irritated by how pragmatically they reclaim what they're not ashamed to call "Gangsta Rap," now I find them generically opportunistic and endearingly jolly--which I may rescind as their heads swell, but later for that. Very hooky, kind of funny, barely brutal at all. "Yung rich niggas never did a pushup" is a brag that's hard to hate. B+