Takeoff killed: Quavo and Offset of Migos pay tribute

After weeks of public silence, rappers Quavo and Offset paid tribute to their Migos bandmate Takeoff, who was killed in a shooting outside a Houston bowling alley on Nov. 1.

Offset wrote a tribute on Instagram on Tuesday, saying the post about Takeoff’s death “still doesn’t feel like reality,” largely reflecting his emotional remarks at his bandmate’s funeral at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena last Friday.

“Dear Take,” he began the post. “The pain you left me is unbearable. My heart is broken and I have so much to say but I can’t find the right words. I went to sleep and woke up hoping this was all just a dream, but it’s reality and reality feels like a nightmare.”

“Every time you saw me, you didn’t whistle at me, you hugged me. I wish I could hug you one last time. Laugh one last time. Smoke one last time. Perform one last time,” he continued. “I know someone with a soul like yours is in heaven right now. I hope you can see how much we love and miss you. You left a hole in my heart that will never be filled. Give me strength, give strength to your brothers, give strength to your family.”

Closing the post, Offset wrote, “Though I know you will always be with us, throw me a little token or a sweet dream. I love you forever, 4L and beyond.”

Grammy-nominated Atlanta hip-hop trio Migos consisted of Takeoff — real name Kirshnik Khari Ball — his uncle Quavo, 31, and cousin Offset, 30. The chart-topping hip-hop trio is well known for hits like “Walk It Talk It,” “Stir Fry,” and “Bad and Boujee.” Takeoff, whose star was rising before the shooting, had been characterized as a “peaceful” and “relaxed” actor.

According to TMZ, Takeoff and Quavo were playing dice at a private party at a bowling alley on Nov. 1 when an altercation broke out and someone opened fire. Police said two other people were also injured and taken to hospitals in private vehicles.

The Harris County coroner ruled Takeoff’s death a homicide days after the shooting. The “T-Shirt” rapper died of “penetrating gunshot wounds to the head and torso in the arm,” according to a preliminary autopsy report reviewed by The Times. (The report is not ready yet.)

Quavo, who also performed with Takeoff as the duo Unc & Phew, released his lengthy tribute to his nephews on Saturday, in which he reflects on their time together as children and as adults and highlighted Takeoff’s demeanor, humor, triplet flow and even his lack of punctuality was called “Takeoff Time”.

“You never competed against me, we were always on the same team,” he wrote.

Quavo said that as kids they dreamed of becoming professional WWE wrestlers before they thought about doing hip-hop, noting that Takeoff was “super quiet though.”

“Quietest in the room, always has been!!!” he wrote. “Nothing ever really bothered Take, and he didn’t bother anyone. He was the most undisturbed person in the world. He never got angry, he never raised his voice, and when he did, he silenced the room because what Take said was law and he didn’t change his mind, fana, not even uncle could.

“All this time I’ve been trying to figure out what you really are to me because nephew wasn’t. We hated that word ‘nephew’ or when they said ‘unc and phew’ because we always knew we were much closer and I felt old too,” Quavo continued. “But I knew you’re not my brother because you’re my sister’s son, so I couldn’t say brother. Now I finally get it…you are OUR angel watching me and us in living form all the time and making EVERYONE FEEL YOUR LOVE AND HUGS while you were here and making our dreams come true.

“You will continue to send down your blessings from HEAVEN and I will keep your name alive as long as I live,” he vowed.

Quavo and Offset were among many musicians who mourned the loss of Takeoff on social media and at his funeral in Atlanta.

The arena was transformed into a church for the three-hour farewell, featuring performances by Justin Bieber, Chlöe Bailey and Yolanda Adams, a poem by Drake, and speeches by Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens and founders of Migos label Quality Control Music. CNN reported.

Rapper and record executive Gucci Mane on Tuesday released a musical tribute titled “Letter to Takeoff,” as a farewell to the Migos rapper and a host of fallen hip-hop stars, including XXXTentacion and PnB Rock.

Other recording artists who paid tribute to Takeoff include Kid Cudi, Ja Rule, Desiigner, Chika, Rae Sremmurd, Rick Ross, Keri Hilson, Rauw Alejandro, and Halle Bailey.

“Time to give me my flowers, you know what I’m saying?” Takeoff said on a recent Drink Champs podcast episode that went viral after his death. “I don’t want them later if I’m not here. … I want her right now, brother.”

https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/story/2022-11-15/takeoff-killed-dead-migos-quavo-offset-tribute Takeoff killed: Quavo and Offset of Migos pay tribute

Sarah Ridley

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