12 Songs, 37 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following the 2017 release of Culture, the personal brands of Migos members Quavo and Offset grew in ways that few fans of the group could have foreseen. The demand for Quavo and, to a slightly lesser degree, Offset as featured artists and collaborators blew up; Offset would also become more visible due to his relationship with Bronx rapper Cardi B. Over this same period, the group’s youngest member, Takeoff, stood firmly in his position as a Migo, happy to celebrate his family’s victories, slightly left of frame. Just three weeks after Quavo’s debut solo album, QUAVO HUNCHO, Takeoff delivers his own, The Last Rocket.

The LP shows Takeoff dialed in as the sneakily proficient verse-killing specialist he’s been throughout the whole of Migos’ catalog. On the The Last Rocket’s opener, “Martian,” he’s a greyhound burst out of the starting gate, stacking syllables nimbly over minimalistic 808 rumble. Quavo pops up on “She Gon Wink” for a chorus (and a verse), but it’s essentially the Takeoff show thereafter. The MC gets real about his spending habits on “None to Me,” reminisces about his days running the streets on “I Remember,” and provides advice to young rappers on “Lead the Wave,” a song that plays as worthwhile counterpart to Quavo’s “Big Bro.” The album is not without its experimental flourishes: Takeoff raps in a number of different timbres on “Last Memory” and even tries his hand at an out-and-out pop song on “Infatuation.” Ultimately, the MC proves to Migos fans, if no one else, that he’s just as responsible for the group’s success as his more popular counterparts.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following the 2017 release of Culture, the personal brands of Migos members Quavo and Offset grew in ways that few fans of the group could have foreseen. The demand for Quavo and, to a slightly lesser degree, Offset as featured artists and collaborators blew up; Offset would also become more visible due to his relationship with Bronx rapper Cardi B. Over this same period, the group’s youngest member, Takeoff, stood firmly in his position as a Migo, happy to celebrate his family’s victories, slightly left of frame. Just three weeks after Quavo’s debut solo album, QUAVO HUNCHO, Takeoff delivers his own, The Last Rocket.

The LP shows Takeoff dialed in as the sneakily proficient verse-killing specialist he’s been throughout the whole of Migos’ catalog. On the The Last Rocket’s opener, “Martian,” he’s a greyhound burst out of the starting gate, stacking syllables nimbly over minimalistic 808 rumble. Quavo pops up on “She Gon Wink” for a chorus (and a verse), but it’s essentially the Takeoff show thereafter. The MC gets real about his spending habits on “None to Me,” reminisces about his days running the streets on “I Remember,” and provides advice to young rappers on “Lead the Wave,” a song that plays as worthwhile counterpart to Quavo’s “Big Bro.” The album is not without its experimental flourishes: Takeoff raps in a number of different timbres on “Last Memory” and even tries his hand at an out-and-out pop song on “Infatuation.” Ultimately, the MC proves to Migos fans, if no one else, that he’s just as responsible for the group’s success as his more popular counterparts.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics. Mastered for iTunes
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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
363 Ratings
363 Ratings
Virgo EJAM ,

🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

Haven’t listened to the whole thing yet but so far great job takeoff. It would be nice if Takeoff and Offset did an album together. This is way better than Quavo’s solo album.

Belial125 ,

To Takeoff I’m your #1 Biggest fan since day 1 when I found out who was the Migos

I knew you were the best out of the trios and I was waiting for your solo album to come for years. I was “ just wait on it”. Just keep on spitting bars💯🔊🔛🔝🔥🔥🔥 and continue on the great work👍🏽🙌🏽 and more music🎶🎧📱 Takeoff 🌎🛫🚀

prettyboyrixan192 ,

Nothing fire

Best one off Migos since day one ppl always sleeping on him

About Takeoff

Born Kirshnik Khari Ball on June 18, 1994 in Lawrenceville, Georgia, Takeoff was the youngest member of psychedelic hip-hop trio Migos, whose songs "Versace" and "Bad and Boujee" became major streaming hits, and whose 2017 sophomore album, Culture, topped the pop charts in both the U.S. and Canada. Takeoff started Migos in 2009 with Quavo and Offset, both of whom he was related to and had grown up with, in a bid to escape the ghetto cycle of poverty and crime. Their breakthrough single, "Versace," came out in 2013; the album Yung Rich Nation followed in 2015, and Culture two years later. Takeoff's non-appearance on the album's 2016 lead single "Bad and Boujee" caused a minor internet controversy; he brushed it off, claiming he was simply unavailable for the recording session. In May of 2017, he released his first solo track, "Intruder." In July he was in the news again after being removed from an airplane, allegedly for refusing to obey the instructions of a steward regarding his baggage. Takeoff occasionally appeared solo as a featured performer on tracks by other artists, including Jose Guapo, Chill Will, and, most notably, Calvin Harris, on the song "Holiday," from the Scottish producer's 2017 album Funk Wav Bounces, Vol. 1. Migos' third album, Culture 2, was scheduled to be released in October 2017. ~ John D. Buchanan

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