Early Tuesday morning, Kirshnik Khari Ball, better known as Takeoff, was shot and killed in Houston at a bowling alley. He was 28.
Takeoff is known as 1/3 of the rap group Migos, along with uncle, Quavo. The two were playing dice at 2:30am in 810 Billiards & Bowling when the shooting happened. According to Variety, officers told KPRC Houston that a crowd of about 40 to 50 people were there, and a man had a gunshot wound to the head or neck. While Takeoff was pronounced dead at the scene, Quavo was unharmed, and two other people were shot and taken to the hospital.
So far, no arrests have been made. According to a spokesperson for the Houston police, security guards heard the shooting but didn’t see who did it.
Born in Georgia in 1994, Takeoff was the youngest member of the Migos trio. Along with Quavo and cousin Offset, they started rapping in 2008. After changing their name from Polo Club to Migos, they released Juug Season, their initial mixtape, in 2011. Two years later, “Versace” dropped, and, with a Drake remix, the group catapulted to fame.
Migos ultimately became one of the most successful rap groups of all-time, and definitely within recent memory. They hold 20 platinum and gold singles and albums. And of course, there’s their No. 1 hit with Lil Uzi Vert, “Bad and Boujee.” Migos was known for bringing the triplet flow back to modern rap – catchy, repetitive, quick lyrics, fluid verses, and reverberated beats. Imitations were quick to follow.
The group’s hits didn’t stop with just those two singles — “MotorSport” with Nicki Minaj and Cardi B (who is married to Offset) and “Walk It Talk It” with Drake were other heavy hitters on the charts in the 2010s. They also put out an album trilogy, Culture, Culture II and Culture III.
In 2017, Takeoff said to The Fader, “Growing up, I was trying to make it in music. I was grinding, which is just something I love doing.” He goes on to explain that he found pleasure in making and creating for himself, doing something that he genuinely enjoyed doing.
Recently, the 3 members had been focusing on different projects, though there was never an official breakup announced, Takeoff and Quavo began doing their own thing. Last month, they released an album, Only Built for Infinity Links. Offset started doing solo projects as well. In addition, Takeoff released a solo album in 2018, The Last Rocket.
“People think that you’re gonna come out, be a one hit wonder, and finished. You gotta prove em wrong,” Takeoff told The Fader. He proved the haters wrong.
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