Isn’t this album cover hilarious? I thought so. Honestly, I was hesitant about writing this review. I love Quavo. Although I would select Offset as the best Migo, Quavo is by far my favorite. When they first hit it big I desperately wanted a solo Quavo album. A few years later and… voila! However, my hesitance derives from the recent quality of Migos’ music. Their debut, as well as Offset, 21 Savage and Metro Boomin’s joint project, impressed me. The trio’s sophomore album, on the other hand, left me shaking my head. The album is not nice. Following my disappointment, I hoped they would relax on making a bunch of new projects. Seeing the tracklist to Quavo’s debut solo album hinted at its predictability. Despite seamless mixing and quality beats, QUAVO HUNCHO reeks of complacency. Damn, Quavo. Why’d you have to make me do this?
Firstly, 19 tracks exceeds a reasonable runtime for an artist like Quavo — or any Migo, for that matter. Since he usually only carries a third of the load, these songs turn sour quicker than they should. HUNCHO reinforces the notion that Quavo is a fire feature, and introduces the fact that he is a poor captain. Someone had to be the first to go solo. But this ain’t it, chief. Going down the track sequence, we see a lot of familiar faces. 21 Savage, Travis Scott, Cardi B, Offset & Takeoff, Drizzy Drake: The gang is all here. For the most part, all of these guests perform well. I want to give a shout out to Lil Baby, though. His effort on “Lose It” gets a salute from me. While it may not be the most dynamic performance, it’s obvious he didn’t want to let Huncho down.
I appreciate him stepping his game up when the lights got brighter. Additionally, 21 Savage tested a new flow on “Pass Out.” His contribution was the only part worth mentioning. Quavo’s performance is laughably bad. This is a theme across this solo debut. The main attraction, one of the world’s most popular rappers, comes up short on nearly every track. His guests outshine him in borderline embarrassing fashion. Whenever there is a decent moment on here Quavo makes sure to bring it down a notch with redundant or off-topic lyrical material. With all of the pop success Migos have had, you would think Quavo could muster a noteworthy single. Nope. Instead he chucks sonic scraps to his fans in the form of “BUBBLE GUM” and “LAMB TALK.” Talk about minimal effort. “LAMB TALK” is utterly atrocious, and there isn’t any way around it. This album pained me to sit through.
Nevertheless, there were a handful of tracks that lessened the blow. HUNCHO opens and closes quite well. “BIGGEST ALLEY-OOP” is the best solo track here. It establishes the fun, eclectic trap aesthetic competently. Quavo remains an efficient beat selector, collecting instrumentals from Murda Beatz, Buddah Bless, Tay Keith, WondaGurl and Wheezy. None of the beats on this album made me cringe. Matched with high-gloss production and smooth mixing, these cuts slap in the car. I recommend never wearing top-tier headphones when listening to this album. It simply does not warrant your undivided attention. Yet an oddly infectious song such as “GO ALL THE WAY” gains appeal the more people are around. I think we all knew what this album would be. However, that doesn’t make it any less run-of-the-mill. This is another cash-grab moment from the Migos. It ain’t hard to tell. Listeners deserve better or nothing at all.