Five years ago, Migos burst onto the hip-hop scene with their viral hit “Versace.” Quavo was quickly crowned the group’s frontman by the public, with catchy ad-libs accompanying his braggadocios rhymes, potent songwriting, and just an appealing swag the genre hadn’t seen before. Standout features then began to pile up on Huncho’s decorated resume, quickly showing that the ATL native was here to stay.
The 27-year-old has used that momentum to springboard the Migos into mainstream stardom and vast commercial success. In 2017 alone, Culture debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200and the anthemic Lil Uzi Vert-assisted single “Bad and Boujee” also topped the Billboard Hot 100. Quavo didn’t stop there, as the Atlanta native landed on DJ Khaled‘s no. 1 single “I’m the One,” and closed out the year with the bouncy Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho joint project with frequent collaborator Travis Scott.
The tidal wave continued for the Migos, who proved to be much more than a one-man band, as Offset and Takeoff rose to prominence and shined bright with moments of their own. The latter found his pocked on the group’s second No. 1 with 2018’s Culture sequel and Offset’s mainstream appeal bubbled courtesy of his relationship with Cardi B, in addition to a fiery collab album alongside Metro Boomin’ and 21 Savage in Without Warning.
With the other Migos members catching up to Quavo in popularity, the buzz seemingly cooled off regarding the public’s demand of a Huncho solo album. The rapper-producer kicked off Huncho season by unveiling his Quavo Huncho solo album at the top of August, with the release of a triad of solo tracks in “Workin Me,” “Bubble Gum,” and “Lamb Talk.”
After a soft release date of September came and went, Huncho officially announced that his anticipated solo debut would finally drop on Oct. 12.
Here are five things we want to see his Quavo Huncho solo venture.
For Him to Precisely Enlist a Stacked Lineup Of Features
Quavo has nurtured his industry relationships after serving up show-stealing assists on a range of rap and pop records throughout his career. Whether it’s a euphonious hook or a bubbly verse, Huncho can hold his own alongside just about anyone on a track. At the onset of October, the triplet leader teased a handwritten list of features for Quavo Huncho, raising anticipation for the effort (Oct. 1).
The potentially star-studded affair includes Migos brothers Takeoff and Offset, rumored girlfriend Saweetie, as well as Drake, Cardi B, 21 Savage, Huncho Jack’s Travis Scott, Davido, Quality Control running mate Lil Baby, and even Kid Cudi. Fans are very intrigued at how the always-innovative Quavo will put the robust cast to use. The possibilities are endless; Huncho could even reunite “Sicko Mode” collaborators Drizzy and La Flame for a mouthwatering collab.
A Tease Of His Relationship With Saweetie
One of hip-hop’s most sought after bachelors has been superb at surreptitiously keeping his relationships out of the limelight. Outside of a short run with Karrueche in 2017 and Iggy Azalea rumors, it’s been mum on Quavo’s side when iot comes to high-profile industry love interests. TheShadeRoom then reported that the Migos frontman is dating burgeoning Bay Area native Saweetie, who he tapped to star in his sultry “Workin Me” visual, as of last month (Sept. 9).
The 27-year-old was highly complimentary of Saweetie during a recent interview, calling her “beautiful” on Hot 97. The “Icy Grl” rapper returned the favor during a live appearance on The Real (Sept. 26), blushingly admitting she “enjoys his company” with a smile.
With Saweetie appearing on the previously mentioned feature list, the idea of a seductive track from the reported couple giving the public a taste of their private life sounds enticing. The potentially sensual cut would serve as a righteous change of pace in breaking up the cyclical project, branching off from Quavo’s usual saucy rhymes about his love for icy jewelry, sports, and money getting ways.
A Concise Track List
Culture and Huncho Jack actually only contained 13 songs each, so the possibility of a compact track listing for Quavo Huncho may be in the cards, too. HJJH lacked the proper punch of a joint album of that magnitude, taking away from its inherent replay value; it seemed to get gobbled up by the glut of music released at the turn of last year. Less is more: Quavo needs to avoid the filler and make sure every song brings something fresh to his solo debut.
A Heavy Reliance On Pharrell and Murda Beatz Production
Quavo fancies himself as somewhat of a sonic architect, willing to assist in producing on many of the records that end up making albums for the Migos and others. Since the 27-year-old is going solo for the moment, Huncho should use the opportunity to bring along some of the beat maestros that have played a role in his rise in order to lay the sonic foundation behind his solo venture. Murda Beatz and Quavious’ rapport is well-documented, and the Canadian producer was the mastermind behind the project’s lead single “Workin Me.”
The Migos also connected with Pharrell for Culture II‘s standout “Stir Fry,” and Quavo should continue to feed off of The Neptunes producer’s eclectic prowess. Huncho was already spotted in the studio earlier in October with Skateboard P, a great sign of what we could eventually discover on Quavo Huncho. With fellow ATL native Buddha Bless and Quality Control’s DJ Durel also involved, Quavo’s solo debut should boast an all-star supporting cast, all while remaining a family affair with chemistry at the forefront.
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For Him to Parlay His Lethal Songwriting Into a Conceptual Album
Quavo is just too talented a songwriter and music technician to be let off the hook for Huncho Jack’s lack of refined creative direction and developed concepts, acting as more of a playlist than a full-length project. This is Huncho’s chance to be selfish and exercise his creative freedom without having to convince Takeoff or Offset to get on the same page as the Migos leader. Everyone knows the “Bubble Gum” rapper can make dope songs, but it remains to be seen if he can weave those tracks into a well-curated masterpiece, serving as the lone CEO of the entire operation.
Quavo has already shown the capability of make a living on the Billboard charts with ease (nine solo and Migos tracks combined have found their way into the Hot 100‘s top 10). If Quavo Huncho receives the wide-spread critic acclaim he’s yearning for, MigoMania will be running wild into territory many didn’t think was possible just two years ago. “If I make myself a great artist by doing this, it only makes our group super, super huge. It makes the demand even bigger and better,” Quavo told GQ of his hopes for a Migos empire.