Migos’ second SNL performance of the evening after the surprisingly high-energy presentation of their song, “Stir Fry,” was the Culture II track “Narcos.” The three-man band from Atlanta kept the party going with the Latin-infused album cut, especially highlighting Takeoff’s standout, rapid-fire anchor verse. Offset and Quavo hyped the often overlooked third member as he took center stage to rattle off his machine-gun rhymes with his customary, cool-under-pressure delivery.
Although Migos showed some aptitude for sketch comedy with Charles Barkley in the promo for tonight’s episode, their actual appearance on the show was limited to music. Despite the distinct lack of North Side Atlanta shout-outs throughout the episode, Quavo, Offset, and Takeoff made the most of their set and continued expanding the global domination of pop culture they began back in 2015 with “Look At My Dab.”
While they didn’t get paid much from that monstrous cultural phenomenon due to the labyrinthian inner workings of the music industry, their new situation with Quality Control has been much more comfortable — and lucrative — thanks to the streaming successes of their albums, Culture and Culture II. With future hits on the way in the form of a collaborative tape with labelmate Lil Yachty and strong solo appearances from Offset and Quavo, the North Atlanta trio is quickly taking on the ubiquity of the dance they helped popularize way back when.