The first salvo from Migos’ upcoming album Culture 2, is gritty, raunchy, saucy fun from 2017’s hottest hip-hop super group. On “MotorSport” the trio enlist Nicki Minaj and chart-topping powerhouse Cardi B. Tabloids may have rumored a feud between Minaj and Cardi but on “MotorSport” any signs of rivalry fall to the wayside as the two dominate the track with their monster verses. Migos’ name may be on the single cover, but “MotorSport” belongs to the ladies.
Cardi’s gruff flow erupts with steamy verses about sex tapes and her best Daddy Yankee impression (“dame mas gasolina!”) while she buries her hatchet with Minaj: “Why would I hop in some beef?/When I could just hop in a Porsche?/You heard she gon’ do what from who?/That’s not a reliable source, no.”
Minaj resumes the throne as usual with her iconic inflection and aggressive flow. Fresh from guest verses on Katy Perry’s awkward last record, Minaj sounds at home on “MotorSport”. Here she’s prowling, scheming, calling shots from the center of the track. Though lyrical bravado, Minaj’s verses carry some serious stopping power (“My crown won’t fit on your bum lace fronts.”) Minaj may be with new company, but she hasn’t lost the pink pint, “Pull up in the space coupe, I done linked with Marty/I can actually afford to get a pink Bugatti.”
At its core, “MotorSport” is a ballsy, swaggering song. It checks off every credential for a Migos track: fast cars, fast sex, and fast ladies. But here, the Georgia trio take a backseat to the two queens facing off on the song. Even if “MotorSport” feels like more of the same thing from Migos it’s still a monumental single for bringing the two greatest female MCs of our time together. If Culture 2 can pull off more moments like this then we are sure to see one of the premier hip hop releases of 2017.
Migos have yet to announce a release date for Culture 2, though Offset hints that the record will be out by the end of this year. This new album is the follow up to Migo’s massively popular sophomore record, Culture, which debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 and featured smash hit single “Bad and Boujee.”