Takeoff killed: Hip-hop mourns Migos rapper after shooting

The hip-hop community is mourning the sudden loss of Takeoff after the Migos rapper died in a shooting outside a Houston bowling alley on Tuesday. he was 28

BET, Desiigner, Lecrae and Ja Rule were among the first to take to social media to react to the death of the “Walk It Talk It” artist. The chart-topping trio Migos consists of Takeoff, Cousin Offset and Uncle Quavo. Quavo and Takeoff also performed as a duo under the names Unc and Phew.

As of late Wednesday morning, Quavo and Offset had not commented on their bandmate’s death. However, Offset changed his Instagram profile picture to a photo of Takeoff with a white heart emoji.

According to TMZ, Takeoff and Quavo were playing dice at a private party at a bowling alley on Tuesday when an altercation broke out and someone opened fire.

In honor of Takeoff, cable channel BET shared a video at last year’s BET Awards of Migos performing “Straightenin'” and “Type S—” with Cardi B, who is married to Offset.

“ONE OF THE BIGGEST HIP-HOP GROUPS OF ALL TIME!” BET tweeted. “Takeoff, your legacy will live on forever through America!

Bet too uploaded a clip by Migos, who recorded the song “Avalanche” with the caption “Flow unmatched. Talent undeniable. RIP to #TakeOff!”

Shortly after news of Takeoff’s death broke, Panda rapper Desiigner broke down in tears on InstagramLive and announced that he was “done” with rap.

On Twitter, “Coming in Hot” rapper Lecrae wrote, “No hot takes. No deep thoughts. Just sad that another rapper, son, brother and friend got killed. God be with all who feel the loss.” And “Always on Time” rapper Ja Rule tweeted“Rip Takeoff…this – gotta STOP…sending love to friends and family.”

Among those paying tribute to Takeoff (real name Kirshnik Khari Ball) are fellow musicians Kid Cudi, Kelly Rowland, Chika, Rae Sremmurd, Lauren Jauregui, Bow Wow, Rick Ross, Keri Hilson, Rauw Alejandro, Gucci Mane, and Chlöe Bailey Hall Bailey.

“Rest In Peace Takeoff” tweeted Songs About You rapper Chika. “I can’t wrap my brain around this one.”

“Rest In Peace @1YoungTakeoff” tweeted Pretty Girl Rock singer Hilson. “Healing love for your brothers, family and friends.”

“RIP Start”, tweeted Have Mercy singer Chloe Bailey. “My heart is broken.”

Canadian hip-hop artist Drake shared a photo of himself performing on stage with Takeoff on Instagram. In 2018, Migos and Drake teamed up for the Aubrey & the Three Migos tour. The rappers also collaborated on the 2021 track “Having Our Way” from Migos’ latest album Culture III.

“I have the fondest memories of all of us seeing the world together and bringing light to every city we touch,” Drake wrote. “That’s what I’ll focus on for now… Quiet, spaceman.”

Another Migos employee, Teyana Taylor, also addressed Takeoff’s death via Instagram. The singer showcased the hip-hop collective in the music video for her 2017 track “Drippin.”

“Please tell me this is just a bad dream pleaseeeeeeee please don’t believe this little brother,” Taylor wrote.

In response to Takeoff’s deadly spin, drummer and record producer Questlove penned a lengthy statement reflecting on how systemic violence and racism resulting from slavery in the United States have forced black people to express emotions in “toxic” ways. way to suppress and process.

“It’s been our process since we arrived in America. Emotions have never been allowed in our lives: if you express anger, you were a threat. when you cry yourself an emotional a-b. If you laugh you’ve been cheering/cheating/showing off – all three are punishable by law,” Questlove wrote on Instagram.

“Black people invented ‘cool’ as a means of protection, not just to look sexy. Cool is holding something back. Don’t say too much. be an enigma. Cool is a coping mechanism. A toxic one… The point is that since slavery, our inability to express emotion is epigenetic.”

The Summer of Soul director said Wednesday morning that he’s been keeping a journal since receiving news of Takeoff’s death at 5 a.m. Tuesday. He urged mourners to “let grief and anger in.”

“It’s a lot processing the events of the last year: watching our troubled favorites go berserk and lose their nerve. Watching heroes from your childhood go against the principles they walked in the door with. It makes no sense for people to go against their own interests and literally help those who are contributing to their downfall,” he continued.

“Please don’t numb your feelings. Let it out. Please.”

The impact of Takeoff’s death extended beyond the music community. Author and Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams issued a statement Tuesday lamenting the “heartbreaking news and tragic loss” of the hip-hop star, who was born and raised in Gwinnett County, Georgia.

“Kirshnik Khari Ball has had a tremendous impact on hip hop and our culture,” said Abrams wrote. “My condolences go out to Takeoff’s family, friends and everyone who has been inspired by his talent.”

“Nope” actress Keke Palmer called the situation “really awful” and “terrible” on Instagram, where she and others posted the same photo of Takeoff wearing gold jewelry and a zebra-print robe.

“From the tragedy of death to the tragedy that there is a video of it online. It’s all just tragic and I’m so sorry for his entire family and everything he touched,” Palmer wrote.

Taking to her Instagram Story, reality TV star Kylie Jenner shared the music video for Unc and Phew’s ‘Hotel Lobby’, writing, “So many prayers…God bless this family. heartbreaking. gone too soon. destructive.”

Popular Twitch streamer Hasan Piker tweeted, “The launch story is so sad. he was shot 28th playing craps in houston. everyone in this country has an af— gun in that sacred s—.”

About a week before Takeoff’s death, Takeoff and Quavo appeared on the Drink Champs podcast, where Takeoff expressed a desire to be recognized for his talent while he was alive. The Drink Champs clip was widely shared on social media following the Grammy nominee’s death.

“Time to give me my flowers, you know what I mean?” Takeoff says in the video. “I don’t want them later if I’m not here. … I want her right now, brother.”

See below for more reactions to Takeoff’s death.

Nardine Saad, a Times contributor, contributed to this report.

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