Takeoff, the third member of Migos, along with Quavo and Offset, has died, according to TMZ. Around 2.30 a.m., 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; Takeoff was pronounced dead at the scene. Two more people on the property were shot and taken to the hospital. Quavo was not hurt.
Friends and admirers paid tribute to the late rapper on Twitter. “I recall Takeoff being a very down to earth, cool dude,” boxer Chris Eubank Jr. wrote. “I can’t believe I’m having to say it again about another young black star being killed for no reason; something in the industry needs to change.”
“Rest in peace, Takeoff, I just spoke to him,” Twitch streamer Adin Ross wrote. “I’m in a state of shock right now; I can’t believe it.” I hope it’s a forgery. This shit isn’t fair, bro, wtf.”
Takeoff was born in 1994 in Lawrenceville, Georgia. In 2008, he began rapping with his uncle and cousin, Quavo and Offset, under the moniker Polo Club. Juug Season, the trio’s debut mixtape as Migos, was released in 2011.
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Versace, Migos’ first mainstream hit, was released in 2013. The song was notable for popularizing the triplet flow – Migos’ signature rapid-fire cadence – in modern rap, and it was eventually remixed by Toronto rapper Drake, who would go on to have a long-running relationship with all three members of the group.
Migos are best known for their 2016 Lil Uzi Vert collaboration Bad and Boujee, which peaked at No. 1 in the United States, as well as Top 10 hits MotorSport (featuring Nicki Minaj and Cardi B) and Walk It Talk It (featuring Drake). Takeoff released one album as a solo artist, The Last Rocket, which debuted at No. 4 in the US, and one as a duo, Only Built for Infinity Links, which was released last month.