Migos, a weirdo rap trio out of Atlanta, is prolific. In fact, they just dropped another new mixtape today. They're also prolific yellers. So I created a short guide to you about what exactly they are yelling in the background of their tracks:
Quavo is one third of Migos, aka 22-year-old Quavious Marshall.
Takeoff is another member of Migos, 19-year-old Kirshnik Ball. He's Quavo's nephew.
This refers is the third member of Migos, Kiari Cephus, who is also Quavo's 21-year-old cousin. He was benched from February until October, serving a short prison sentence due to a probation violation.
The Bando is what Migos calls the house they all share. This is also a general term that's interchangeable with Trap for a house that's used to make and sell drugs. Bando has been immortalized in song-form.
Generally smash! refers to getting down with chicks. But it can also be an expression of excitement. Migos says this a lot, in a lot of songs. (Skip to 2:29 where you learn they for sure want to smash Miley Cyrus.)
While you may know whip as slang for a hot car, in this case, Migos is generally talking about whipping a brick or cooking drugs. (Start at around 1:20)
JUST WAIT ON IT!
"The album coming September, just wait on it!" is a line uttered on the Versace remix. Drakes album, Nothing was the Same dropped September 24.
Those are snakes you're looking at on the Versace label. Related, Migos wears a lot of Versace shirts and jewelry.
Self-explanatory. They're referring to themselves.
This is the name of Migos' label, QC Independent. The QC stands for Quality Control.
Skir is a noise a fast car makes when you slam on the brakes in a nice-ass car. (Skip ahead for a line about "flexin' in the Aston Martin.")
As in Benjamin Franklin. As in the face on hundred dollar bills.
WOO! or WOO WOO!
An expression of excitement. Uttered often.
Awards given every year by the American National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences for achievement in the record industry. As evidenced in the Trophies Remix, Migos wants a Grammy.
*VARIOUS UNSPOKEN KARATE AND/OR TOUCHDOWN SOUND EFFECTS*
Migos seem to be big fans of Jackie Chan, according to several mentions of the karate legend in their songs. Thus, *swish, woo, swat.* They are also football fans, as evidenced by their beaucoup spot-on sports references, and the interchangeable karate/long pass sound effects they make in "Emmitt Smith."
This is just a small sample of the things Migos yells. They yell a lot. Please feel free to weigh in with your own interpretations below.