The "Bando": a residence, possibly abandoned, where drugs are sold and/or manufactured. Proprietor, customer or passerby - you do not want to be there. The threat of potentially fatal violence, of arrest and years of incarceration is always there. For Quavo, TakeOff and Offset, the members of ascendant Atlanta rap group Migos, the bando was once home.
To get a vague sense of said home, see the earliest videos on Migos' YouTube channel. Each shows the trio rapping in the corner of a white room, a seemingly empty fish tank the only identifying characteristic. For obvious reasons, relative anonymity was essential for self-preservation.
Today, mid-afternoon in late March, the vibrantly animated Migos are on speakerphone from the group's new Georgia home, which they call The Migos Mansion. The recent move is a result of their swift rise from local and Internet sensation to landing a single ("Versace") and mixtape (Young Rich Niggas) on Billboard. The group is staunchly independent, and an undeniable electricity surges through each of Migos' songs. Along with Future, Rich Homie Quan and Young Thug, they are an integral part of the new Atlanta rap guard. And, with the most distinctive (read: imitated) delivery in contemporary rap, they're also arguably the most influential.