By the time Quavo hits the second half of his opening verse on “Avalanche,” all three members of Migos are vibrating with energy, falling out of their seats to ride the beat. Juvenile delight fills the air, and it feels like a competition of who can vibe the hardest. Migos performs the remainder of their Tiny Desk (home) concert — “Straightenin” and “Birthday” — with Offset leaping around the trendy streetwear spot Gallery Dept., Quavo bouncing on armchairs and Takeoff working the shoulder.
Their performance showcases why we first fell in love with the Atlanta trap trio: charismatic synchronization, playful braggadocio and, of course, their exhilarating resurrection of the triplet flow. In 2013, Migos released the breakout single “Versace” before grinding their way up to 2015’s Yung Rich Nation. In 2017, Migos firmly pulled everyone and their mama into their orbit; Culture, especially its inescapable lead single, “Bad and Boujee,” laid the foundation for contemporary rap’s reckoning. Culture II dropped a year later, and the trilogy concluded with Culture III, released this past June. Legendary producer collective 1500 or Nothin’ bring the best part of the new album to life in this long-waited Tiny Desk, as Larrance “Rance” Dopson, Lamar “My Guy Mars” Edwards, Quintin “Q” Gulledge and Chris Payton — as well as Migos mainstay DJ Durel — deliver chest-thudding support.