Takeoff, the third member of Migos alongside the rappers Quavo and Offset, has died.
The 28-year-old rapper, real name Kirshnik Khari Ball, was fatally shot at a bowling
alley in Houston where he and Quavo were playing dice around 2.30 am; Takeoff was
pronounced dead at the scene. Two other people on the premises were shot and taken
to hospital while Quavo was unharmed. TMZ first reported the news, which was later
confirmed by a local Houston outlet, this morning.
Migos’ breakout hit, “Versace,” vaulted them to stardom in 2013 and landed a remix
from Drake. Since then, Migos has become one of the most successful hip-hop acts
in recent years and one of the most successful rap groups of all time, with some 20
platinum and gold singles and albums certified by the RIAA, including their Hot 100
No. 1 hit “Bad and Boujee.” Their signature sound — short, staccato lyrics from one
answered by the other two with a word or verbal sound effect — has been often
imitated. Migos’ other Top 10 hits include “Stir Fry,” “MotorSport” with Cardi B and
“Walk It Talk It” with Drake.
While there was no official word on the group splitting, in recent years Offset has
been working solo while Takeoff and Quavo had been working together as a duo. Last
month, the pair released a duo album, “Built for Infinity Links.”
Takeoff released one solo album, 2018’s “The Last Rocket,” which debuted at No. 4 on
the Billboard 200.
Just last week Takeoff and Quavo were on Revolt TV’s “Drink Champs” for an
interview. Responding graciously to a compliment, he said, “Give me my flowers,
I don’t want ’em when I ain’t here.”