While Kanye West largely took a break from music-making in 2017, releasing no new solo LP and relatively few beats by his standards, Quavo kept super-busy. He scored four Top 10 singles; achieved critical acclaim with his group Migos’ latest project, Culture; and even put out a last-minute, barely-promoted record with Travis Scott this past December.
In the new year, Quavo has kept the creative productivity going strong. Culture II saw the light of day on January 26th, and the Georgia-based MC has reportedly made his first collaborations in the studio with Mr. West.
When asked during an interview with KRRL to name his “biggest homie who’s helped with the production side,” Quavo mentioned Kanye West and revealed that they had begun making a few beats together at his Fruity Loop Studio in Florida.
“He’s got a crazy, different feel,” Quavo said, seeming to confirm that the veteran producer remains dedicated to his craft in spite of his ongoing creative hiatus. During the interview he gave at Real 92.3 in Los Angeles with the other members of Migos, Quavo indicated that West remains an inspiring creative partner and has retained the inventive spark that has defined his output since his producing career began nearly 20 years ago.
“He’s still got his old hard drives, and all his samples and all the beat,”
Quavo explained. It was encouraging for him to see that West “cherishes the old stuff that he came in with, know that he still respect the grind.”
It remains to be seen where these beats will end up, or whether further collaborations between the two can be expected. But regardless, catching word of one of hip-hop’s breakout stars teaming up with one of the genre’s long-established giants is cause for excitement, in and of itself.