- Takeoff, one-third of the highly influential Atlanta rap group Migos, died Tuesday
- one person was fatally shot and two others were injured
- Takeoff (born Kirshnik Khari Ball) was part of Grammy-nominated Migos
Takeoff, the third member of the rap group Migos alongside Quavo and Offset, has passed away. Takeoff, whose true name was Kirshnik Khari Ball, and he was 28 years old, was tragically shot in a Houston bowling alley where he and Quavo were playing dice at 2:30 a.m. Takeoff was pronounced dead at the scene.
Two other individuals on the property were shot and transported to the hospital, while Quavo remained uninjured. This morning, TMZ was the first to publish the news, later confirmed by a local Houston outlet.
On Twitter, friends and lovers of the deceased rapper expressed their respects. Boxer Chris Eubank Jr. remarked, “I recall Takeoff as being a very grounded and cool man.” “I can’t believe I’m repeating this, but another young black talent has been murdered for no apparent reason; something must change in the industry.”
Adin Ross, a Twitch streamer, commented, “Rest in peace, Takeoff. I just spoke to him.” “I am currently in shock, I cannot believe it. I hope to God it’s a hoax. This is not fair bro, what the hell.”
In 1994, Takeoff was born in Lawrenceville, Georgia. In 2008, he began rapping with Quavo and Offset, his uncle and cousin, under the collective moniker Polo Club. In 2011, the trio released their debut mixtape as Migos, Juug Season.
“As a child, I aspired to succeed in music. In 2017, Takeoff told The Fader, “I was grinding, which was exactly what I loved doing.” “Just creating and developing something for me… I enjoyed myself since it was something I enjoyed doing. Before playing my music, I would wait for Quavo to return from football practice.
Migos debuted their first mainstream hit, Versace, in 2013. The song was important for popularizing the triplet flow — Migos’ distinctive rapid-fire cadence — inside contemporary rap, and Toronto rapper Drake eventually remixed it. He would form a long-lasting relationship with all three members of the trio.
Migos are most known for their 2016 collaboration with Lil Uzi Vert, Bad and Boujee, which peaked at No. 1 in the United States, as well as their Top 10 hits MotorSport, with Nicki Minaj and Cardi B, and Walk It Talk It with Drake. Takeoff released one album as a solo artist, 2018’s The Last Rocket, which debuted at No. 4 in the US, and one record as a duo, Only Built for Infinity Links, with Quavo, last month.