Quality Control’s Control The Streets Volume 2 arrived just in time for the heat of the summer. Founded by CEO Pierre “P” Thomas and COO Kevin “Coach K” Lee, the Atlanta-based label serves as home to some of rap’s biggest names to date including Migos, Lil Baby, City Girls, Lil Yachty, and more.
QC’s mission statement is deeply rooted in its organic, streets-first mentality. Six years since its inception, the label has acquired major success while impacting the culture in a major way. Its signees aren’t just artists with talent, they’re artists who work their asses off and prove themselves to be superstars.
Four days before Control The Streets Volume 2‘s release, QC took to its 957K followers on Instagram to share the feature-heavy tracklist for the highly anticipated second installment. On top of the usual QC acts, stars like DaBaby, Megan Thee Stallion, Young Thug, Travis Scott, Meek Mill, Gucci Mane, Playboi Carti, Tee Grizzley and more were sprinkled across the 36 tracks.
Lead singles “Baby” by Lil Baby and DaBaby, “Stripper Bowl” by Migos, “Frosted Flakes” by Migos, “Intro” by Gucci Mane, Lil Yachty and Migos; and “Longtime” by 24Heavy and Young Thug held us over in the interim. But, now we can finally hear the album in full.
Control The Streets Volume 1 arrived in 2017 30 tracks deep and included everyone on the label, along with standout features from Young Thug, Nicki Minaj, Gucci Mane, Kodak Black, and more. A lot has happened in just two years, and QC doesn’t plan on letting their feet off the gas pedal anytime soon.
To celebrate the new project’s debut, REVOLT compiled a list of seven of the hardest lines/bars from the album — they’re even memorable enough for Instagram captions!
“Baby” by Lil Baby & DaBaby
If you tuned in to this year’s BET Awards, you may have got a chuckle out of the fact Twitter was confusing DaBaby for Lil Baby, who won the Best New Artist award. This collab is long overdue, and the actual title being “Baby” makes it so much better.
“Pink Toes” by Offset, DaBaby & Gunna
2. DaBaby: “Rest in peace to Michael Jackson, had to smash to let me beat / Bitch, I’m a smooth criminal, I got away, you didn’t see me / I’m DaBaby, but your baby daddy really wanna be me.”
DaBaby’s rise to the top of the rap game is well deserved. Aside from “Suge” achieving mainstream success, it was the North Carolina rapper’s no-filter bars and natural ability to spit that audiences have fallen in love with.
“Come On” by DJ Durel, City Girls & Saweetie
3. Saweetie: “Fuck a six figure nigga, shit, he need to have eight / Call it Christmas on my wrist ’cause he love to decorate / Was down some diamonds on my bezel, now I got a different face.”
This is the new bad bitch anthem. Produced by Migos’ own DJ Durel, it’s heartwarming to hear JT (who’s still locked up) enter in on the chorus, while Yung Miami holds it down for the City Girls. Saweetie continues to talk her shit, as the “eight-figure” reference is directly from her buzzing “My Type” single.
“Pastor” by Quavo, Yung Miami & Megan Thee Stallion
4. Megan Thee Stallion: “I could make a hood nigga holla like he sing (Big Ole Freak) / Is he my type? Bitch, he might be (Bitch, he might be) / I could make a rap nigga holla like he sing (Hahaha).”
Megan is here to drive the boat all-year long. Trading verses with Quavo and Yung Miami over a Murda Beatz beat, the Houston native inserts herself into the song like she did the rap game: full of Stallion energy.
“100 Racks” by Offset & Playboi Carti
5. Offset: “Now my grandma lookin’ down proud / My kids not worried ’bout a drought / Baguettes in the teeth, down south / Richard Mille wrist, cost a house.”
While Offset may be in his prime, with endless accolades as a member of the Migos and husband to the world’s biggest female rapper Cardi B, the Atlanta trapper turned rapper makes it a point to keep family at the forefront. His most recent album, Father of 4, conveys this completely; as he shouts out his grandma, his kids, and iced-out watch in the same breath on this track.
“Stripper Bowl” by Migos
6. Quavo: “On the ‘Gram, tryna be a gangster (Gangster) / Nigga get bread with no fingers (Fingers) / Boy Meets World, no Topanga (Hey) / Got tried in the street and it changed him.”
This record has Atlanta written all over it. As all three members of the rap trio lay down their verses, Quavo reminds you of the realness in their come upfrom the hood to the mansion — in an age where social media and clout-chasing are at an all-time high. Plus, who doesn’t remember “Boy Meets World”? Topanga made the whole show.
“Menace” by Migos & Lil Yachty
While Lil Boat may have gotten dragged when the mumble rap controversy arrived, it’s no secret that he’s got bars. After all, signing to QC means you have to be able to hang with the big dawgs. The shout out to Mobb Deep’s Prodigy was a nice touch, as well.