The “Migos flow” deconstructed.

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In 2013, Migos made it to the Billboard Charts with “Versace.” It was a viral hit and it put the spot light on a very unique rap flow – the triplet. The triplet, often now called the “Migos flow” happens when three syllables are rapped over one beat. It’s now so popular that nearly every mainstream rap artists these days has used it, often to great effect. Kendrick rapped in triplets on one of the most dramatic moments of his latest album, Damn. and Chance the Rapper used triplets on the opening track of Coloring Book. This video is about where the triplet flow came from and how it’s been a common tool for rappers since Three 6 Mafia and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s debut albums in the ’90s.

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  1. i feel like all the other examples of triplets, except migos, took skill and creativity. using triplets to (poorly) rap about ice and money just doesnt seem skilful or creative and doesnt sound good to me. its like a child learning to rhyme for the first time "i got ice…. erm what rhymes with ice…… dice! okay…. i got ice, roll the dice…. now what rhymes with dice" – Migos. it would anger me but i find it more comical that frustrating

  2. The comments are just filled with either people who think they are "music critics" hating on contemporary music or people who think they are smarter than vox but still watch it anyway 😂😂😂

  3. it's not the flow..its the lack of creativity, just mumbling out words or repetition of a single word and most of them make no sense and incomprehensible. lyrics are becoming ciphers to decode.

  4. The issue isnt the triplet, its the lack of Syncopation, plus the mumbling, plus the attempt to make hybrid R&B Rap songs that just sound like bad singing. It aint everybody though

  5. I don't know enough about Trap because at 27, I'm too old, but, like, I agree with Snoop — they do all sound the same. One of the amazing things about triplets is that they're kind of a surprise. If you just use triplets then it's not triplets anymore… It's just 6/8…

  6. Finally all these kids nowadays know where the real rap and triplet flow came from tommy Wright and lord infamous they are finally recognised for there great talent and how they are slept on!!!! Enough said

  7. Awesome video, I've also been using triplets in the rap songs I write. And I agree with you on the fact that they've been around for many years…