Back in 2013, Atalanta trio Migos jumped into the mainstream limelight when they dropped their track “Versace.” Following the hit single, the group later released their most successful mixtape, No Label 2, which put a spotlight on the very unique rap flow — the triplet. A triplet, a common musical term, is a succession of three notes played over one beat, creating the effect of swinging between on- and off beat. Now coined as the “Versace flow” or “Migos flow,” the flow can be found in nearly every mainstream rap song today from Kendrick Lamar on his DAMN. album to Chance The Rapper on the opening track of Coloring Book.
However, the first popular use of the triplet flow can be found in Chuck D’s verse on Public Enemy’s highly influential song “Bring The Noise” from 1988. Thanks to a new video from Vox, the origins of the 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 gets broken-down. Watch the clip above.
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