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Quavo Marshall: Migos Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, and Record Producer

Full Name Quavious Keyate Marshall
Age 32
Birthday April 2, 1991
Birthplace Athens, Georgia, United States
Occupation Rapper, Singer, Songwriter, Record Producer
Years active 2009–present
Labels Quality Control, Motown, Capitol
Associated acts Migos, Drake, Travis Scott
Net worth $26 million
Social media Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube

Quavo Marshall
In the world of hip hop and rap music, few names shine as brightly as that of Quavious Keyate Marshall, known worldwide as Quavo. As one-third of the massively successful rap trio Migos, Quavo has made an indelible mark on the music industry over the past decade.

Early Life and Career Beginnings

Quavo was born on April 2, 1991 in Athens, Georgia. From an early age, he showed remarkable musical talents, writing his first rap lyrics at just 11 years old. Raised in Gwinnett County, Quavo attended Berkmar High School where he met his future Migos members and relatives Takeoff and Offset.

The three talented teens joined forces to form the rap group Polo Club, practicing together after school and performing at local venues around Lawrenceville, Georgia. They later changed the group‘s name to Migos. Even as a young act, it was clear that Quavo had an undeniable melodic vocal ability and charismatic stage presence.

Migos began building an underground buzz around Georgia in 2009, self-releasing their first mixtape Juug Season in 2011. The mixtape generated palpable online interest in the group thanks to Quavo and company‘s socially-conscious lyrics, tight flows and production influenced by Southern trap music legends like Gucci Mane and T.I.

Rise to Fame with Migos

The big breakthrough came in 2013 when Migos released their smash hit single "Versace," which thrust the trio into the mainstream spotlight. Quavo‘s infectious ad libs and the group‘s signature "triplet flow" rapping style became instantly iconic. "Versace" peaked at number 99 on the Billboard Hot 100, paving the way for more success.

In the following years, Migos‘ popularity surged with mixtapes like Y.R.N. (2013) and Rich Nigga Timeline (2014). Trap-influenced bangers like "Fight Night" and "Handsome and Wealthy" showcased the incredible musical chemistry between Quavo, Offset and Takeoff. You couldn‘t help but be drawn to Quavo‘s charismatic presence, playful hooks and buttery smooth vocals.

In 2015, Migos released their first studio album Yung Rich Nation, which debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. But it was their 2017 sophomore album Culture, expertly led by Quavo‘s vocals, that cemented Migos as one of the most talented rap groups of the decade. The album spawned massive hits like "Bad and Boujee" featuring Lil Uzi Vert, "T-Shirt", and of course the uber-catchy lead single "Slippery" featuring Gucci Mane.

Riding high off Culture‘s success, Migos capitalized quickly by following up with 2018‘s Culture II. The album gave us the Quavo-led summer jam "Stir Fry," among other bangers. Two chart-topping albums back-to-back solidified Migos‘ status as contemporary trap music trailblazers who popularized the "triplet flow."

Solo Pursuits

In between Migos projects, Quavo has also found major solo success and high-profile collaborations. His 2017 single "Pick Up the Phone" with Travis Scott was a platinum hit, showing off his versatility as a solo artist.

Some of Quavo‘s best features have been collaborations with his one-time girlfriend, fellow superstar rapper Cardi B. Their tracks together like the fast and furious "Motorsport" featuring Nicki Minaj, and the summer radio hit "Drip," showcase incredible creative chemistry between the two talents.

In 2018, Quavo spread his wings with his debut solo album, Quavo Huncho. It featured an all-star lineup of guests like Madonna, Kid Cudi, Lil Baby and 21 Savage. While not quite matching the commercial heights of Migos‘ work, Huncho proved that Quavo could hold his own as a solo act. It produced the Drake-assisted hit single "Workin Me," which peaked at number 57 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Influential Style

Over the past decade, Quavo has become hugely influential in shaping the sound of modern trap-influenced rap. His laidback vocal style sets him apart from the aggressive styles of many hardcore trap rappers. When combined with his dexterous flows and undeniable knack for pop songwriting hooks, Quavo provides a secret weapon in the studio.

Quavo‘s signature ad libs like "skrrt skrrt!" and "Migo!" have been imitated by artists far and wide. As a producer, he often crafts infectious, synth-driven beats for Migos and guest appearances. His fashion aesthetic of designer athleticwear paired with icey jewelry has also been widely copied.

While Migos faced some valid criticism earlier on for homophobic lyrics, Quavo has apologized and worked to make amends since. Looking forward, his musical talent and relentless work ethic should keep him dropping hits for years to come.

Fun Facts About Quavo

  • His real full name is Quavious Keyate Marshall
  • He played quarterback in high school for the Berkmar Patriots
  • His favorite basketball team is his hometown Atlanta Hawks
  • He loves collecting vintage cars and frequently posts his latest whips on Instagram
  • Quavo stands at 6‘2" tall
  • His go-to fast food order is a 10-piece nugget from Chick-fil-A with buffalo and barbecue sauce

The Legacy of Quavo Marshall

At just 32 years old, Quavo Marshall has already left an immortal mark on hip hop music. As one-third of legendary rap group Migos, he has influenced a whole generation of artists with the triplet flow and pushed the sound of trap forward. His buttery smooth vocals and pop sensibility have made him one of music‘s most sought-after collaborators.

Even amid questions around Migos‘ future, there‘s no denying Quavo‘s ability to continue impacting hip hop culture for decades to come. Whatever he does next, Quavo has cemented his legacy as a highly influential trap pioneer with an unforgettable melodic flair.