A tale of music, fame, and resilience, this is the story of the Grammy-nominated rapper Offset, the man behind one-third of the hip-hop sensation, Migos. His journey is not just about the glitz and glamour, but also about overcoming challenges and struggles, some of which happened behind bars.
The Rise of Migos
A decade ago, in the vibrant city of Atlanta, a group called Migos started their ascent to the top of the hip-hop industry. Their music, characterized by strong rhythms and catchy hooks, quickly gained traction, leading to a rapidly growing fanbase. Their breakout hit, “Versace“, catapulted them into the limelight. However, for Offset, one of the group members, the reality of their success was not immediately apparent. Why? He was in jail during their breakout year.
The Unseen Success
During a recent appearance on the Call Her Daddy podcast, Offset opened up about his time in jail and how he realized Migos’ success. His “we made it” moment was not a grand celebration or a record-breaking concert. Instead, it was a realization that dawned on him in a jail cell. He recalled how things really took off after Drake featured on the remix of “Versace”, their 2013 hit produced by Zaytoven, which was part of their project, Y.R.N. (Young Rich N***as).
A Song Echoes in the Jail Cell
Offset’s revelation about their success came in an unusual yet unforgettable manner. He was in his jail cell one day when he heard a guard humming a familiar tune during the morning count – “Versace, Versace, Versace”. Offset didn’t think much of it at the time. After all, he was not aware of how big Migos had become in the outside world.
The Big Reveal
Offset’s initial reaction was one of confusion and disbelief. He wasn’t aware of the extent of their success because he was incarcerated. His mind was in turmoil, grappling with the harsh realities of prison life. But when the guard started singing their song, he was taken aback.
Once he was released, he immediately called home. That’s when he found out about Drake’s feature on “Versace”. His friends also informed him that their song was being played on the radio. To Offset, this was mind-boggling. He had initially thought that their song might have been played once or twice on the radio, but the reality was far from it.
The Taste of Fame Behind Bars
Offset had to stay in jail for a few more months even after this revelation. However, he started experiencing the perks of fame behind bars. He began receiving more visits, something that was not common before. He could have up to six visits a day, each lasting about 30 minutes. At first, he mostly received visits from his mother. However, after “Versace” became a hit, he started receiving more visits, even from women who were previously not so keen on visiting him.
Reflecting on the Early Success of Migos
In a 2021 appearance on VladTV, Offset reflected on his early days with Migos. He admitted that it was hard to be in jail while his fellow members, Quavo and Takeoff, were enjoying their success in the outside world. However, he was grateful that they were saving some money for him. After all, they had never had real money before.
This is the story of Offset, a man who experienced the highs and lows of life in a unique way. His journey from jail to the forefront of the hip-hop world is a testament to his resilience. It’s a reminder that success can come in the most unexpected ways, even when you’re not in a position to immediately enjoy it.