Quavo | Quavo Huncho | Album Review
Rating: 4 out of 5
Nine months after the release of Culture II with hip-hop trio Migos, Quavo released his solo debut album Quavo Huncho, an exclusively long LP consisting of 19 tracks and a runtime of over an hour.
Being the first to take a stab at producing an unaccompanied album, Quavo Huncho is comprised of identical stylings heard in Migos’ songs. The beats and tempo in most of the tracks are Migos-like, just without Takeoff and Offset.
In a cover profile from Hypebeast, Quavo stated that he’s always had music stocked up. “That’s how we had always worked previous records,” he explained. “We always go work on them first and then we make each other do homework. Now we’re completing our own songs.” With hopes high, Quavo wants to continue his push towards a well-known legacy.
Quavo’s lyrical skill and trap-tuned vocals flow evenly with the melody of each song. However, it lacks versatility. With Migos, each song creates a diverse arrangement of rapid-fire and calm low-tempo beats. In this album, however, Quavo attempts that same versatility but is unable to consistently sustain it, ultimately feeling incomplete.
The album provides hype for its audience. Like Migos, the variations and pace of tempo, combined with a range of bass used by Quavo offer perfect party songs.
The first two tracks, “Biggest Alley Oop” and “Pass Out,” are exhilarating, giving the album a strong opening. Fast paced lyricism, heavy percussion, and a variation of different high notes make for what could’ve been a steady album. Instead, Quavo Huncho falls short of expectations. The production of subsequent tracks doesn’t meet the level offered in “Biggest Alley Oop” and “Pass Out.”
Quavo’s first solo album isn’t a total bust, but it fell short. Quavo Huncho provided strong vocals and countless alterations in beat and tempo but lacked completeness due to the absence of his fellow Migos.