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I Disagree: Offset – ‘Father of 4’

The comparisons are weak.

Devin Townsend



Father of 4, Offset’s debut solo album, could be one of his most memorable project ever. He was able to put together an all-star cast of features, including 21 Savage, J. Cole and Travis Scott. Although this album showed growth for the Migos star, it cannot be considered the most important album Migos has ever put out.

To determine that, it’s important to look at 2017’s Culture, 2015’s Yung Rich Nation and 2014’s No Label II. Each one of these albums established Migos in many different ways.

No Label II was made after the success of their breakout song “Versace” and established their success in crafting a complete album. Yung Rich Nation was the group’s fresh record deal album and solidified their impact on the community with their signature Atlanta flow. Culture is arguably the best album that they ever been — a record that can be listened to all the way through, every song a complete masterpiece.

Comparing Culture to Father of 4 seems unfair to Offset, but his solo album cannot stand-up to the influence and power that Culture had for Migos and the hip-hop community.

In regards to Offset leaving his old persona of “toxic masculinty” in order to open up to the audience is absolutly not true. His opening song, Father of 4, might open up his softer side but to say that about his entire album is false. With songs like “Lick” and “Legacy” (feat. Travis Scott & 21 Savage), it’s clear to see that Offset hasn’t given up his old ways and rapping style, he’s just adding more to his repertoire. This album showed Offset’s growth as an artist, but he hasn’t completely let go of his traditional style.

Comparing Offset’s FATHER OF 4 to Jay-Z’s 4:44 is a travesty. Jay-Z is considered to be one of the best rappers alive and his album is an insight to his views of America and the legacy of Shawn Carter. It’s built around his worldview and betrayel, an almost tell all document about his friends, family and parenthood.

The only thing that these two albums have in common is the fact that both of these two rappers are fathers. Jay Z is able to reveal the realest parts of himself while it feels like Offset is barely scratching the surface of his life.  

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Devin Townsend is a James Madison University student and student journalist born and raised in northern Virginia. Currently he’s studying for a degree in journalism and working for the school newspaper, The Breeze, in the culture section. This section covers music, movies, food and events happening in the Harrisonburg community. Currently, Devin is working to finish his degree, in his free time he enjoys playing club lacrosse at JMU, rooting for the L.A Chargers and hiking in the Shenandoah National Park.

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