Coach K and Pee recall some early struggles with 300 Entertainment.
Migos have solidified themselves as cultural icons. While Culture 2 didn't quite live up to the quality of its predecessor, the project remained a solid album across the board. Still, plenty of fans were disappointed in the sequel. The once-loved Migos seemed destined to experience a bit of fan-scorn; it tends to happen whenever an artist starts getting too big. Still, Offset, Quavo, and Takeoff remain a respected trio in current musical landscape, and have proven their significance time and time again. At the head of it all stand Kevin "Coach K" Lee and Pierre "Pee" Thomas, the OGs behind Quality Control.
The pair originally signed Migos after founding QC in 2013, and though the group's popularity and talent soon became evident, it wasn't long before they faced some serious hurdles. After Atlanta's 300 Entertainment came through to offer a deal to the Quality Control signees, and Complex details the partnership-gone-wrong in their latest cover story on the label. According to Offset, 300 was the group's biggest hurdle. "They tried to hold us against our will," explains the rapper. "It wasn't never no in-house hurdles we ever had, like where it had been a problem. With 300, that was the biggest thing, going through times and situations with them."
Pee explains that the group was unable to profit off their work for a variety of reasons. "For 18 months, we couldn't sell no product. Whatever that was already out, that was already on iTunes or whatever, that was cool, but anything that we was putting out, it was like we was shackled down." "["Look At My Dab"] was one of the biggest songs of that year," he continues. "We had the athletes doing it. You had the kids, everybody was doing it. But you ain't see it on iTunes, you see what I'm saying? We couldn't sell it. We couldn't stream it."
From the sound of it, 300 wasn't allowing Migos to land that much-coveted bag. "“We got a company saying, "Y'all can't put no music out. We ain't letting y'all sell nothing. We ain't letting y'all, until whatever.” The whole debacle ultimately led to QC leaking "Bad & Boujee" the minute they came to a legal agreement.
For the full cover story, be sure to check it out via Complex.