Migos became a hip hop sensation in 2013 upon the release of their hit ‘Versace’, but what was their first song?
The hip hop trio Migos’ first song was ‘Bando’ released in 2012, which caught the attention of Zaytoven, an Atlanta producer and collaborator with Gucci Mane. A year later, ‘Versace’ provided the group’s breakthrough into music with rapper Drake featuring on one of the song’s verses; the single peaked on Billboard 100 at number 99.
But how did the ‘Bad and Boujee’ rappers become such a mainstream hip hop group loved by many? It all began in 2009 — the year in which the group was formed. From then on, the only way was up for the band. Read more on this below.
From Childhood Mockery to the Stars of the Show
Quavious Marshall (Quavo), Kiari Cephus (Offset) and Kirshnik Ball (Takeoff) were all brought up in the sluggish rural town of Lawrenceville, Georgia. They grew up surrounded by each other.
Quavo’s dad passed away when he was four or five years of age; Takeoff and Offset’s fathers both left when they were at a young age.
In a 2019 interview with Ellen DeGeneres, Offset said, “I have a father that I don’t know of. He still runs away for it. I don’t get it.” Afterward, he added that he’d made many attempts to get in contact with his father but all were unsuccessful, and his father was still “dodging” him. (This is also the interview where he reveals that he carries around $100,000 in his pocket!).
So Quavo’s mom, a beautician and hair stylist, frequently took care of the three young men in her little house. The young men all called her Mama, however, she played the role of a motherly and fatherly figure for the boys. Quavo told Rolling Stone in 2017, “She knew how to raise you as a man.”
Quavo and Takeoff started rapping early. Originally Quavo started rapping individually under the name Crunk Boy, releasing various mixtapes under this name. He was hit by criticism when his high school peers didn’t believe he was any good. “Everybody laughed at me.” He recalled to XXL Magazine in 2014. “They were saying the words and kind of laughing and joking about it. My boy Offset had to freeze them and say, ‘This shit hard.'”
Despite the doubt and mockery faced, musician Childish Gambino, said they’re the Beatles of their time. “I think they’re the Beatles of this generation, and they don’t get a lot of respect, I think, outside of like Atlanta,” he explained in a clip posted by XXL Magazine, “There’s a generation, sort of like the YouTube generation that I kind of came up with, there’s a generation of kids that are growing up on something that is completely separate from a whole group of people.”
The group came out the other side, releasing their first album Young Rich Nation in the summer of 2015, which debuted on Billboard 200 at number 17 — a significant improvement to their first single.
In 2020, seven years after their breakthrough, the trio has achieved four top ten hits on Billboard 100. Migos’ 2017 hit Bad and Boujee topped the charts at number one on Billboard 100, serving as their first number one on that chart.
According to NME, Childish Gambino said, “I really wanna thank the Migos for making ‘Bad and Boujee.’ Like, that’s the best song ever.” He is definitely a fan.
Something else that is pretty remarkable about this trio is that as of 2020, they have achieved an estimated net worth of $80 million. Quavo is the richest with an estimated net worth of $26 million while the other two members’ net worths stand at $10 million less, according to Showbiz Cheat Sheet and Wealthy Gorilla.