Takeoff, Of Atlanta Rap Trio Migos, Shot Dead In Houston At 28 – US rapper Takeoff, from the chart-topping group Migos, has been shot dead in Houston, Texas.
Takeoff, Of Atlanta Rap Trio Migos, Shot Dead In Houston At 28:
Takeoff, one-third of the highly influential Atlanta rap group Migos, died Tuesday in a Houston shooting at age 28, a representative confirmed to The Associated Press.
Houston police said one person was fatally shot and two others were injured early Tuesday at a private party attended by members of Migos.
Police responded shortly after 2:30 a.m. to reports of a shooting at 810 Billiards & Bowling, where dozens of people had gathered on a balcony outside of the bowling alley, which is on the third floor, police said. Officers discovered one man dead when they arrived.
Security guards who were in the area heard the shooting but did not see who did it, Willkens said. Two other people were injured and taken to hospitals in private vehicles, police said.
Takeoff (born Kirshnik Khari Ball) was part of Grammy-nominated Migos, known for mega-hit 2010s songs “Versace” and “Bad and Boujee.” The group also includes Takeoff’s family members: Quavo, 31, (his uncle, born Quavious Keyate Marshall) and Offset, 30, (Quavo’s cousin, born Kiari Kendrell Cephus).
Migos Rapper Takeoff Fatally Shot In Houston:
Born June 18, 1994, in Lawrenceville, Georgia, Takeoff grew up with his soon-to-be collaborators, Quavo and Offset. “I just always wanted to rap,” Takeoff recalled of their upbringing in a 2013 Fader interview. “When Quavo was out doing sports, I was in the studio, what we call the bando, making music, going hard.”
Migos exploded in the early 2010s thanks to mixtape breakout song “Versace,” which went viral. Their debut studio album, “Yung Rich Nation,” released in 2015 and featured Chris Brown and Yung Thug. In addition to several more mixtape albums, Migos went on to release three more studio albums: “Culture” (2017), which featured lead single “Bad and Boujee” that would spend three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and nabbed them two Grammy nominations, “Culture II” (2018) and “Culture III” (2021).
Last month, Quavo and Takeoff released their debut “Only Built for Infinity Links” with Motown Records as a duo dubbed Unc and Phew, without Offset. The debut single, “Hotel Lobby (Unc & Phew),” released in May and a music video for their song “Messy” debuted Monday.
On Twitter, friends and admirers paid tribute to the late rapper. “I remember Takeoff being a very down to earth, cool dude,” wrote boxer Chris Eubank Jr. “Can’t believe I’m having to say this again about another young black star being killed for no reason, something really has to change in the industry.”