How the triplet flow took over rap

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The “Migos flow” deconstructed.

In 2013, Migos made it to the Billboard Charts with “Versace.” It was a viral hit and it put the spot light on a very unique rap flow – the triplet. The triplet, often now called the “Migos flow” happens when three syllables are rapped over one beat. It’s now so popular that nearly every mainstream rap artists these days has used it, often to great effect. Kendrick rapped in triplets on one of the most dramatic moments of his latest album, Damn. and Chance the Rapper used triplets on the opening track of Coloring Book. This video is about where the triplet flow came from and how it’s been a common tool for rappers since Three 6 Mafia and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony’s debut albums in the ’90s.

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Further reading
Complex: http://www.complex.com/music/2014/03/quavo-is-the-most-influential-rapper-of-2014

Genius: https://genius.com/Queenofcoplaints-is-it-the-migos-flow-tracing-the-use-of-triplet-flows-in-hip-hop-lyrics

Special thanks to Justin Hunte and Martin Connor. You can find their stuff here

Justin: https://www.youtube.com/thecompanyman

Martin: https://www.rapanalysis.com/

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