I think this song has solidified Quavo in the ‘best of all time’-status for me. I mean dude has Versace and has basically given life to a wasteland… and he continues to do so. It shouldn’t be surprising (as most fans know of migos’ talent from early singles, particularly ones showcased on their monolithic-NO LABEL 2), but it is. I’m not alone in the feeling that we’re overexposed to an under-abundance of new ideas, but there are definitely great, exciting things happening.
Congratulations is one of them. And in its way, the song is largely echoing what I just spoke of above — resilience and optimism, maybe a little melancholy (but only because you’re so happy you don’t know how to process the feeling), but overall a song focusing on looking at what’s bright, rather than what’s faded(/ing). The exciting sounds and ideas happening in music, which echo what is ultimately occurring across our planet together.
Read these lyrics (not from this song but)
STIILL BE PLAYIN
WITH POTS AND PANS
CALL ME QUAVO
Dude I’m listening to every lyric of every f**ing song I hear — really taking it in… but time after time, I always miss some sort of greatness. & here’s this line i must’ve heard 30 times before ever really listening to it. That’s from BAD AND BOUJEE a song that actually came back around for me, rather than burning out (like most songs) under the attention and exposure.
In those lyrics you read, it’s not about the literal — it’s about the feeling. When you hear him reference that idea in the context of Quavo’s rapid-fire annunciation, it’s breezy. It’s exciting; fun+ny. It’s what rapping is all about — catching you off guard with something inspired. That level of rapping is getting harder to hear because everyone’s giving everything they’ve got (all at the same time).
…All that means, is… you have more choice. We’re in a time period where you can look up how to do anything you want to do. There is no longer an excuse to not live your destiny and even with limitations the ability to transcend circumstance has never been more possible —
— and that is an immense pressure. Songs like “Congratulations” keep you chill on the razor-sharp journey. Post-Malone does a fine job but Quavo practically sounds four-dimensional (and i think Post-Malone would be the first one to tell you that — and proudly).
Post-Malone / Quavo – Congratulations