How the ‘Triplet Flow’ Took Over Rap


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In 2013, Atlanta trio Migos changed the hip-hop landscape when they dropped their breakout hit, “Versace.” The track put a spotlight on the group’s signature triplet style of rapping, which is now referred to as the “Migos flow.” The style has since remained a staple in rap, with many of today’s leading artists adopting it.

A triplet is an irregular rhythm that happens when three notes are played in the time of one beat. In the case of the “Migos flow,” the notes are instead words or phrases. Rappers use the flow to manipulate the beat and energy of a track by delivering their rhymes in a triplet cadence.

Recent examples of it include Kendrick Lamar’s “DNA,” Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow,” and 21 Savage’s “Bank Account.”

The style is not new, however, and Migos didn’t create it. It has been traced back to 1988 when Public Enemy used it in their iconic track, “Bring the Noise.”

News website Vox has examined the origins, development, and rise of the “Migos flow” in a new video.

Watch it below.

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