How the triplet flow took over rap

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  • Published: 15 September 2017
  • The “Migos flow” deconstructed.

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    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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  • Robert Salgado
    Robert Salgado  2 days back

    Tired of white hipsters reserchinh Google thinking they know more about hip hop smh

    • Appi
      Appi  4 days back

      I can’t believe y’all didn’t talk about Rich Brian saying “never using triplet flows because I’m not a Migo” in cold

      • Дарья Журавлева

        i feel like you're following an incorrect direction in your analysis – yes, the comparison with triplets in music is reasonable as well, but rap is poetry in the first place, moreover, rap is the poetry written in the syllabotonic versification most of the time. the dactylic meter (which is basically the most common take on "the triplet flow" in modern rap) has been around in poetry since the ancient times. i feel like these are the actual roots of this flow, they lie in literature, not in music :)

        • Biggie Mac
          Biggie Mac  1 weeks back

          respect for shouting out Tommy

          • blitz lord
            blitz lord  1 weeks back

            WHOA BIGGIE ON A FRICKEN TRAP BEAT

            • Aye
              Aye  2 weeks back

              7:22 see that? Mumble rappers aren’t necessarily bad rappers.

              • Icy Brown
                Icy Brown  2 weeks back

                I was already loading up a bash for not mentioning Lord Infamous of the Triple 6, when all of a sudden ya'll mentioned the "Scarecrow".

                I can only recommend listening to Lord's song Anyone Out There. It's a story out of a Stephen King movie, how a psychopath gets burried alive. Very creepy and one of my favourites.

                RIP Lord Infamous

                • J No
                  J No  2 weeks back

                  How are you going to do a video on triplets and not mention Timbaland who invented the fast rapid fire triplet hi hat Style?

                  • SILVIOBANKS
                    SILVIOBANKS  3 weeks back

                    Nah, Lord Infamous the creator

                    • Andrius Mindaugas Bloznelis

                      I think that Snoop is 100% correct. Tripleta make everyone sound exactly the same and very uncreative.

                      • Mr KuntFace
                        Mr KuntFace  3 weeks back

                        5:31

                        • Mr KuntFace
                          Mr KuntFace  3 weeks back

                          Now that's why I changed to Rock! I hate this new style of rap.

                          • alan thunder
                            alan thunder  3 weeks back

                            oh is that a "flow", i consider that chopshit

                            • LYCHEE
                              LYCHEE  3 weeks back

                              Tuplets are so much fun to play around with. I love 5, 7, and 11 especially!

                              • Chris Scott
                                Chris Scott  4 weeks back

                                The Beethoven music was the only triplets in this video, the rest weren't actually triplets.

                                • Drex Dionisio
                                  Drex Dionisio  1 months back

                                  2:47 ye aight

                                  • Gavin Cassidy
                                    Gavin Cassidy  1 months back

                                    Lord infamous has always been in my top 5. Rip

                                    • lit lit
                                      lit lit  1 months back

                                      Snoop didn't miss the point, y'all did. He was talking about mumble rap!

                                      • Mr. W
                                        Mr. W  1 months back

                                        My triplet flow:

                                        The sun did not shine, it was too wet to play
                                        So we sat in the house- all that cold, cold wet day
                                        I sat there with Sally, we sat there we two
                                        And I said how I wish - we had something to do ...

                                        • Nick Rage
                                          Nick Rage  1 months back

                                          Drake doesn’t write his own raps and stole X’s flow for a track

                                          • Whisperingorchid
                                            Whisperingorchid  1 months back

                                            Thought three6 mafia created the flow

                                            • xxx goregrind
                                              xxx goregrind  1 months back

                                              migos flow?

                                              i thought three 6 mafia started the triplet

                                              • Feral Cypher
                                                Feral Cypher  1 months back

                                                Bone's flow changes constantly

                                                • Aaron Pearce
                                                  Aaron Pearce  1 months back

                                                  Anybody listen to jazz

                                                  Triplets are older than dirt

                                                  Migos .. powerful...?

                                                  That’s like saying your newly constructed HOA home is a more masterful piece of architecture than the pyramids.

                                                  • gagan hk
                                                    gagan hk  1 months back

                                                    lil pump, lil xan imitate lil wayne

                                                    • DevKetchem 195
                                                      DevKetchem 195  1 months back

                                                      The problem isn't covered here. The problem is the words they say, it's ruthless and uncaring for humanity. Cover that topic

                                                      • ips
                                                        ips  1 months back

                                                        words don't hurt people

                                                    • Abel Alvarez
                                                      Abel Alvarez  1 months back

                                                      Ok but what about Kool Keith though,he has a style of his own.

                                                      • Rab
                                                        Rab  2 months back

                                                        Vox misinterpreted snoop

                                                        • Michael Atorn
                                                          Michael Atorn  2 months back

                                                          But why do the old triplets sound better.

                                                          • Je vis Des hauts
                                                            Je vis Des hauts  2 months back

                                                            They all copy each others!!

                                                            • 01761 M.O.B
                                                              01761 M.O.B  2 months back

                                                              Memphis doesn’t get enough credit for what it has done for music 🎧

                                                              • Argon
                                                                Argon  1 weeks back

                                                                aside from three 6 what did memphis have

                                                            • djkmano1
                                                              djkmano1  2 months back

                                                              Straight up I’m bored with this style, I’ll go back to reggae rappers who really started this style and the tracks are better anyway!

                                                              • A M A
                                                                A M A  2 months back

                                                                1:22 I was wondering why Neil DeGrasse Tyson was talking about music

                                                                • Alexandria
                                                                  Alexandria  2 months back

                                                                  i agree with snoop

                                                                  • Brian Triplett
                                                                    Brian Triplett  2 months back

                                                                    my name is brian triplett and i approve this message.

                                                                    • hootbutler
                                                                      hootbutler  2 months back

                                                                      T A K E O F F

                                                                      • Rick James
                                                                        Rick James  2 months back

                                                                        I miss the old Three 6 days. 😢

                                                                        • Dj Boz
                                                                          Dj Boz  2 months back

                                                                          YOU MISSED SNOOPS POINT .......WHY DOES EVERYONE HAVE THE SAME STYLE ?

                                                                          • Sonic Crash
                                                                            Sonic Crash  2 months back

                                                                            Music is boring now it is all the same

                                                                            • TTMacademy
                                                                              TTMacademy  2 months back

                                                                              cool study

                                                                              • Garou
                                                                                Garou  2 months back

                                                                                Alguém legenda esse vídeo por favorrrr😫

                                                                                • Can of Mana
                                                                                  Can of Mana  2 months back

                                                                                  Vox

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                                                                                  • kacytron
                                                                                    kacytron  2 months back

                                                                                    These vox pieces are amazing

                                                                                    • isaac anthony
                                                                                      isaac anthony  2 months back

                                                                                      When you dis Snoop Dogg, you dis yourself!

                                                                                      • EGstill85
                                                                                        EGstill85  2 months back

                                                                                        The devil’s tri piano key...look it up

                                                                                        • Bora Selim Gül
                                                                                          Bora Selim Gül  2 months back

                                                                                          Americans, learn how to pronounce VERSACE. Please.

                                                                                          • chi life
                                                                                            chi life  2 months back

                                                                                            Chicago had that style before

                                                                                            • Kathryn Baudelaire
                                                                                              Kathryn Baudelaire  2 months back

                                                                                              Beethoven rockin' triplets since the 17th century!