Quavious Keyate Marshall (born April 2, 1991), known professionally as Quavo (/ˈkwv/), is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is best known as the cofounder and current frontman of hip hop/trap trio Migos. Quavo is related to his fellow Migos members, being Takeoff's uncle and Offset's cousin.[3]

Quavo
Quavo in October 2019
Quavo in October 2019
Background information
Birth nameQuavious Keyate Marshall[1]
Also known as
  • Huncho
Born (1991-04-02) April 2, 1991 (age 30)[2]
Athens, Georgia, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Instruments
  • Vocals
  • keyboards
Years active2008–present
Labels
Associated acts
Partner(s)Saweetie (2018–2021)
Websiteyungrichnation.com

Outside of Migos, Quavo has been featured on four singles that have peaked within the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, including DJ Khaled's "I'm the One" and "No Brainer" the former of which reached number 1 along with "Congratulations", which peaked at number 8 on the Billboard Hot 100.[4] On October 12, 2018, he released his debut solo album, Quavo Huncho which peaked at number 2 on the Billboard 200.

Early lifeEdit

Quavious Keyate Marshall was born on April 2, 1991, in Athens, Georgia.[5] Marshall's mother, Edna Marshall, was a hairdresser and his father died when he was four years old.[6][7] The three members of Migos grew up together in Gwinnett County, a mostly suburban area half an hour northeast of Atlanta.[8]

Marshall attended Berkmar High School and was the starting quarterback of its football team during the 2009 season, his senior year.[8] Berkmar went 1–9 in the 2009 season, and Marshall went 19-of-25 for 201 yards and three touchdowns for the first win of the season.[9][10] Quavo previously held the record by completing 28 passes in a game back in 2009.[11] Despite finishing the football season for his senior year, Marshall dropped out of Berkmar months before graduation.

Musical careerEdit

Migos was formed in 2008 by Quavo and fellow rappers Takeoff and Offset. The three members are directly related and were raised together by Quavo's mother. Quavo is Takeoff's uncle, and Offset is Quavo's cousin.[12] The group was originally known as Polo Club and are from Lawrenceville, Georgia. The group eventually decided to change their name to "Migos" after deciding Polo Club was too generic. The group released their first full-length project, a mixtape titled Juug Season, on August 25, 2011. They followed with the mixtape No Label, on June 1, 2012.

Migos initially rose to prominence in 2013 after the release of their single "Versace". The song was remixed by Canadian rapper Drake which peaked at number 99 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 31 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Quavo had his first lead single as a solo artist with the song "Champions" featuring several other artists, the song peaked at number 71 on the Billboard Hot 100.[13]

After the success of Migos' second studio album Culture, which reached number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, Quavo was subsequently featured on several popular songs outside of Migos, including "Congratulations", "I'm the One", "Portland",

 
Quavo performing at the 2017 Veld festival

and "No Brainer". In an interview with GQ, Houston-based rapper Travis Scott, with whom Quavo previously worked with on the Young Thug collaboration "Pick Up the Phone", revealed he had a collaborative album with Quavo in the works.[14]

and In April 2017, Quavo was featured on The Fate of the Furious: The Album on the song "Go Off" with Lil Uzi Vert and Travis Scott. The song was eventually certified Gold by the RIAA.[15] Quavo also released "Ice Tray" with Lil Yachty[16] on December 14, 2017. The song peaked at number 74 on the Billboard Hot 100.

On December 21, 2017, Quavo announced that he would release Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho with Travis Scott on December 22, 2017 without any prior promotion.[17] The album had eight songs that debuted on the Billboard Hot 100.

On January 26, 2018, Migos released Culture II. Quavo released three singles for his upcoming debut solo album,[18] "Workin Me", "Lamb Talk" and "Bubble Gum", with "Workin Me" peaking at 52 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Quavo's highest charting single as a solo artist.

On May 18, 2019, Quavo performed "Future" alongside Madonna at the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.[19][20]

Personal lifeEdit

On April 18, 2015, authorities stopped a Migos concert at Georgia Southern University and arrested all three members of the group, as well as several members of their entourage. Quavo was charged with possession of an unspecified Schedule II narcotic, possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm in a school safety zone, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.[21][22] He was released from jail on bond, and later pleaded no contest to misdemeanor marijuana charges and received a 12-month sentence, which was suspended based on payment of fines.[23][24]

Marshall received the MVP Award during the 2018 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game after a 19-point performance and victory.[25] In 2019, Marshall played on the "Away" roster during the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at the Bojangles' Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina,[26] and again during the 2020 All-Star Celebrity Game in Chicago.[27]

Quavo began dating Saweetie in September 2018.[28] On March 19, 2021, Saweetie confirmed via social media that she and Quavo are no longer in a relationship.[29][30] In late March 2021, video footage surfaced showing the pair in a physical altercation that allegedly happened in 2020.[31]

In May 2020, Marshall announced on his Instagram account that he had graduated from high school after dropping out 11 years ago.[32]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albums

Collaborative albums

FilmographyEdit

Television series
Year Title Role Notes
2016 Atlanta[33] Himself Episode: "Go for Broke"
2018 Star Episode: "Dreamers"
2019 Black-ish[34][35] Episode: "Relatively Grown Man"
Ballers Episode: "Players Only"
2020 Justin Bieber: Seasons[36] Episode: "The Finale"
Narcos: Mexico[37] Episode: "Alea lacta Est"

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Awards Category Nominated work Result
2017 Teen Choice Awards[38] Choice Electronic/Dance Song "Know No Better" (with Major Lazer, Travis Scott and Camila Cabello) Won
Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song "I'm the One" (with DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne) Won
MTV Video Music Awards[39] Best Hip Hop Video Nominated
American Music Awards[40] Collaboration of the Year Nominated
Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop Won
2018 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Song Nominated
Billboard Music Awards Top Streaming Song (Audio) "Congratulations" (with Post Malone) Nominated
Top Rap Song "I'm the One" (with DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne) Nominated
2020 MTV Video Music Awards[41] Best Pop Video "Intentions" (with Justin Bieber) Pending

ReferencesEdit

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  3. ^ "Migos". Biography.com. Retrieved January 8, 2018.
  4. ^ "Post Malone". Billboard. Retrieved May 2, 2021.
  5. ^ "Happy Birthday, Quavo! - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  6. ^ "Interview: Migos". The FADER. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  7. ^ "The Three A-Migos: Quavo, Takeoff & Offset". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  8. ^ a b "Migos: Young, Rich and Outrunning Trouble". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  9. ^ "Berkmar High School 09-10 Football Schedule". MaxPreps.com. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  10. ^ Curtright, Guy. "Berkmar 33, Meadowcreek 6". Gwinnett Daily Post. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  11. ^ Weiner, Natalie. "Migos Hit-Maker Quavo Was Actually a Record-Setting High School Quarterback". Bleacher Report. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  12. ^ "Migos' Wild World: One Night in the Studio With 'Bad and Boujee' Trio". Rolling Stone.
  13. ^ "Kanye West Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved September 9, 2018.
  14. ^ "Travis Scott Teases Quavo Collab Project and 'AstroWorld' Album in New Freestyle". XXL. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
  15. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". RIAA. Retrieved September 9, 2018.
  16. ^ "Quavo and Lil Yatchy Mock Joe Budden in New 'Ice Tray' video". Billboard. Retrieved September 9, 2018.
  17. ^ "Quavo & Travis Scott Move Up the Release Date for 'Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho': 'We Drop It Tonight'". Billboard. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  18. ^ "Quavo announces debut solo album". The FADER. Retrieved September 9, 2018.
  19. ^ Legaspi, Althea (May 17, 2019). "Madonna and Quavo Welcome the 'Future' in New Song". Rolling Stone. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  20. ^ Smith, Neil (May 16, 2019). "Madonna Eurovision appearance confirmed". BBC News. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  21. ^ Offset of the Migos Denied Bond After Georgia Southern University Arrest. XXL.
  22. ^ "Migos Members Arrested on Guns, Drugs Charges After Concert". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  23. ^ "Quavo And Takeoff Released From Jail, Offset's Bond Denied". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved October 11, 2017.
  24. ^ "Plea deals keep rap group Migos out of jail". WSB-TV. Archived from the original on January 29, 2016. Retrieved January 22, 2016.
  25. ^ Janes, Théoden (February 16, 2019). "The NBA All-Star Celebrity Game was looking weak. Then some strong basketball saved it". Charlotteobserver.com. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  26. ^ release, Official. "ESPN and NBA announce celebrity rosters and coaches for 2019 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by Ruffles exclusively on ESPN". NBA.com. Retrieved March 13, 2019.
  27. ^ "2020 All-Star Celebrity Game presented by Ruffles". NBA.com. February 15, 2020. Retrieved February 22, 2020.
  28. ^ Mendez, Marisa. "Quavo Cops Saweetie a $75,000 Chain". XXL Mag.
  29. ^ March 19, Zoe JohnsonPublished; 2021. "Saweetie Confirms Quavo Breakup". XXL Mag. Retrieved March 19, 2021.CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  30. ^ "Saweetie and Quavo Split After 2 Years as She Claims 'Intimacy' Was 'Given to Other Women'". PEOPLE.com. Retrieved March 19, 2021.
  31. ^ "Rappers Quavo and Saweetie shown in violent altercation before they broke up". Los Angeles Times. March 30, 2021. Retrieved April 1, 2021.
  32. ^ Ebrahimji, Alisha (May 22, 2020). "Quavo from Migos finally gets his high school diploma at 29 - and releases a song to celebrate". cnn.com. Retrieved June 18, 2020.
  33. ^ "Quavo Steals The Show On Donald Glover's 'Atlanta'". The Source. September 15, 2017. Retrieved June 20, 2017.
  34. ^ "Quavo Brings His Signature Migos Adlibs to the black-ish Finale In This Sneak Peek | TV Guide". TVGuide.com. May 21, 2019. Retrieved October 1, 2019.
  35. ^ Relatively Grown Man, retrieved October 1, 2019
  36. ^ "Justin Bieber: Seasons: All the Celebrity Cameos Featured on Show". ScreenRant. May 28, 2020. Retrieved August 12, 2020.
  37. ^ Alea lacta Est, retrieved February 25, 2020
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  39. ^ "VMAs: Kendrick Lamar Tops Nominations as MTV Continues to Eliminate Gendered Categories". The Hollywood Reporter. July 25, 2017. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
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  41. ^ AP, Mesfin Fekadu |. "Gaga, Grande top MTV VMA noms; quarantine categories added". Washington Post. Retrieved August 3, 2020.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Branko, Sara Tavares & Mayra Andrade
Eurovision Song Contest
Final Interval act

2019
with Madonna
Succeeded by
TBD