Gwinnett County is a football hotbed in America. A suburb of Atlanta, the area is bustling with great football and great rivalries. A decade ago, Quavious Marshall (or Quavo, one-third of the hugely popular rap group Migos), played for Berkmar High School in South Gwinnett County. Migos are now synonymous with Atlanta. We are safely at a point where we can discuss the very particular “Migos Flow” that is so omnipresent in their music and plenty of other modern hip-hop. This flow comes out of the tradition of Atlanta hip-hop. Their breakout album “Culture” features these Atlanta beats, which sound incredibly minimalist. There’s almost no such thing as a huge beat on Culture.
Clearly, Quavo is a product of this part of Georgia, and there are some great rivalries in this area: South Pittsburg vs. Marion County, Parkview vs. Brookwood, and Norcross vs. North Gwinnett. Quavo played for Berkmar High School, and during the 2008-2009 season, he started at quarterback. Watching his game footage, he looks good. There’s a bit of Michael Vick about him. He’s a skinny, fast, left-handed quarterback. He’s got great pocket presence too. He reads the rush well and steps up into the pocket created for him, delivering accurate passes amongst the pressure.
The team went 1-9 overall with him at quarterback in 2008-2009, including 0-2 against Rivalry Series mainstays Parkview and Brookwood.
Although he may have struggled against Rivalry Series teams, I can’t help but sit here and wonder how many locker rooms across The Great American Rivalry Series have Quavo and The Migos playing as we speak. So who’s the real winner?