- The rapper Takeoff, who was one-third of the influential rap group Migos from Atlanta, has passed away.
- According to reports, he was shot during a fight that took place at a bowling alley in Houston early on Tuesday morning.
- After suffering multiple setbacks as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic, the Migos finally finished their Culture trilogy in the year 2021.
- At the beginning of this year, when Takeoff and Quavo began releasing songs without Offset, rumors began to circulate that the duo had broken up.
- Only Built for Infinity Links was a collaborative album that Takeoff and Quavo released a few short weeks before Takeoff passed away.
The rapper Takeoff, who was one-third of the influential rap group Migos from Atlanta, has passed away. In the 2010s, Migos developed as a viral force within its local scene, and they exploded into the national stage shortly thereafter. They were successful in shaping the zeitgeist without sacrificing any of their regional appeal, which paved the way for acts that came after them; the members of the group credited Takeoff as the group’s secret weapon in this endeavor. According to reports, he was shot during a fight that took place at a bowling alley in Houston early on Tuesday morning. A lawyer named Drew Findling who had previously represented Takeoff has confirmed that he had passed away. He was 28.
Takeoff, who was born Kirsnick Khari Ball on June 18, 1994 in Lawrenceville, Georgia, began his career in rapping alongside his uncle, who performed under the stage name Quavo, and his cousin, who went by the moniker Offset. When he was younger, he told The Fader in 2017, “Growing up, I was wanting to make it in music.” “I used to record myself whenever I had any free time. Find a rhythm that can pull them up. Making something and creating for the sake of me is all. Only sitting here listening to the songs that I created just for me so that I could rap to them, even if I never released them to the public. Because it was something I like doing, I was deriving my own personal satisfaction from it.” He became known for successfully completing songs in a single take. Before adopting the stage name Migos, the three members of the group performed under the moniker Polo Club. In 2011, they distributed their debut mixtape, titled Juug Season. The trio first gained widespread attention in 2013 with the release of the mixtape Y.R.N. (Young Rich N*) and the entrancing lead single “Versace.” After the original version became popular on the internet, a Drake remix gave the song the signal boost it needed to climb to the upper levels of the Billboard charts. It went on to play an important role in defining the decade. During the course of its ascent, the group became well-known for its signature “Migos flow,” a rap cadence that is heavy on patterns of triplets.
Takeoff was a lively performer who was prone to episodes of reflection. Despite the fact that he was the member of the group that interacted with the public the least, he was frequently hailed as the group’s most underestimated piece. In most cases, he served as the anchor for the band, securing the songs throughout all of their motion. The Migos were formal and cultural pioneers. The Migos flow swept beyond popular music, and the triad helped popularize the viral dance motion known as the dab. Both of these innovations were contributed by Migos. In the first few months of 2017, they held a position of complete ascendancy: In January, their breakthrough single “Bad and Boujee” was at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and a few weeks later, their second album, Culture, was the most successful album of all time in the United States. (Takeoff’s absence from that hit resulted in a heated argument with Joe Budden during the BET Awards.) In his acceptance speech for the Golden Globe award for best Comedy Series, Donald Glover referred to the band as “this generation’s The Beatles.” This was after the band had appeared in Atlanta, one of Glover’s television shows, in a fictionalized version of themselves.
Migos became a career act as a result of something that could have been just another viral occurrence; the group’s reputation among mainstream audiences did not undermine their legitimacy. After that, in 2018, Culture II came out, which was also a Billboard No. 1 album. In the same year, the band members took some time away from each other to record individual albums, which helped solidify the band’s position. On the Billboard 200, all three reached their highest positions within the top five, with Takeoff’s The Last Rocket making its debut at position number four. It was the only solo release that he ever made. Takeoff became an increasingly unignorable presence in their fast-moving music as his combustible verses took up more space and became more reflective. Despite the fact that his identity remained largely inextricable from the group’s for the majority of its run by design, the group’s run, Takeoff’s identity remained largely inextricable from the group’s for the majority of its run.
After suffering multiple setbacks as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic, the Migos finally finished their Culture trilogy in the year 2021. At the beginning of this year, when Takeoff and Quavo began releasing songs without Offset, rumors began to circulate that the duo had broken up. Only Built for Infinity Links was a collaborative album that Takeoff and Quavo released a few short weeks before Takeoff passed away.
His attorney, Drew Findling, said the following in a statement that was distributed after his passing: “Not only was Takeoff a fantastic musical artist with a limitless talent, but he also had a soul that was one of a kind and exceptionally gentle. He will be sorely missed both now and in the future.”
Through all of his achievements, he managed to keep a low profile and gave the impression that he avoided the limelight. Attention did not appear to be something that suited him. Pierre “P” Thomas, who helped form the record label Quality Control and is a member of the Migos, tweeted in May, “Takeoff is so underestimated.” “He would absolutely be stepping on y’n* all’s if he cared more about this rap business, but unfortunately, he doesn’t gaf about it at all. Been that that since since he first made his acquaintance with him. There has been no change in his behavior.”