The news of Takeoff’s death has sent shock waves through the music industry. The Georgia rapper was known for creating hits such as “Versace” and “Bad and Boujee” alongside fellow artists Quavo and Offset as mega-group Migos. On Oct. 7, 2022, Takeoff and Quavo released “Only Built for Infinity Links” as a duo. Weeks later, they sat down for what would be Takeoff’s last interview, where he shared some sobering words about his future.
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Takeoff was killed in a Houston, TX, bowling alley
T.M.Z. Hip Hop reported the 28-year-old rapper, whose real name is Kirshnik Khari Ball, was killed at a bowling alley shortly after 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022. The incident reportedly occurred at 810 Billiards & Bowling Houston, where Takeoff and Quavo celebrated a birthday.
According to K.P.R.C., an altercation broke out during a dice game. Someone at the scene reportedly opened fire, shooting Takeoff. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
At the time of the shooting, around 40 to 50 people were at the bowling alley, reported Fox 5 Atlanta. At least two others were reportedly injured in the shooting and transferred to a local hospital for treatment.
During his last interview, Takeoff said: ‘It’s Time to Give Me My Flowers; I Don’t Wanna Lay Down When I Ain’t Here’
In a sitdown with Drink Champs to talk about “Only Built for Infinity Links,” Takeoff spoke of his work as an artist.
Host N.O.R.E. told the duo they were “shining” on this record. He said, “I felt like it was your time to prove it. Was that something that was on your mind when you was going to record it?”
Takeoff’s response? He told N.O.R.E. and DJ E.F.N., “Oh, for sure. Enough is enough. I’m chill and laid back, but it’s not about that. It’s time to give me my flowers; I don’t wanna lay down when I ain’t here.”
During the interview, Takeoff and Quavo addressed their fallout with Offset
During the interview, Takeoff and Quavo addressed a falling out with a third fellow Migos member, Offset. Takeoff admitted he and Quavo had always wanted to branch out independently.
“Just like me personally, just a bucket list,” Takeoff said. “I feel like this, my real uncle. Like we do music, we been doing this. I always have wanted to drop a little collab album cause why not? Why can’t I drop one?”
Quavo then admitted there were no plans to reunite with Offset as Migos. “I don’t know; I don’t think so,” he said.
“Right now, I believe in the duo. Like you just said, you play the game by loyalty. We stand on loyalty. This is just about us. When things ain’t right, you gotta goddamn move on,” Quavo said.
A fallout between the group’s members appeared to result from Offset and his wife, Cardi B, unfollowing the men on social media. Shortly after, Takeoff and Quavo released their first single as a duo, “Hotel Lobby.”
Migos released their last studio album Culture III in June of 2021. The album debuted in the No. 2 spot on the Billboard 200 and featured appearances from Drake, Cardi B, YoungBoy Never Broke Again, Polo G, Future, and Justin Bieber, among others.
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