Takeoff, member of platinum selling hip-hop trio Migos, was killed during a shooting at a Houston bowling alley. He was attending a private party at the bowling alley with his bandmate and uncle, Quavo. It is reported that a large group of people were gathered outside the building when the party ended, and an argument took place which resulted in the shooting.
Houston police confirmed in a news conference that Takeoff, born Kirshnik Khari Ball, was confirmed deceased at the scene, and two other people were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. They confirmed that there were over 40 witnesses, many of which fled the scene following the shooting. A suspect has yet to be named or described, and it is unknown whether Takeoff was the intended target of the shooting.
The hip-hop community and other figures have reacted following the tragic news, and many artists have taken to social media to pay tribute to the rapper, who contributed greatly to the hip-hop world in the last decade, releasing some of its biggest hits such as, “Bad and Boujee,” “Walk It Talk It,” “Stir Fry,” and “MotorSport.”
Fellow rapper Lecrae tweeted, “No hot takes. No profound thoughts. Just sad that another rapper, son, brother, and friend has been killed. God be with all those who feel the loss.”
Rapper Ugly God tweeted about Migos’ contribution to hip-hop, writing that the trio, “Changed the whole cadence of rap when they came out.”
do y'all not realize these niggas changed the whole cadence of rap when they came out? rip Takeoff. this man has been staying out the way, keeping it minimal, and minding his own buisiness since the beginning. If that's not enough to be left alone, then idk.— FEO (@UglyGod) November 1, 2022
Actress Keke Palmer took to Instagram to write, “This is horrible. From the tragedy of the death to the tragedy of there being a video of it online. It’s all just tragic and I am so sorry to his whole family and all he touched. Really terrible.”
American football team Atlanta Falcons released a statement on Twitter, saying, “Takeoff’s legacy lives on in Atlanta and across the world. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends.”
Many other celebrities paid tribute to the rapper, including Khalid, Halle Bailey and Mike Tyson.
Migos first broke into the hip-hop scene in 2013, with their hit single “Versace.” The 2016 release of “Bad and Boujee” saw them become an internet sensation, and since then, they have been nominated for various awards, including Grammys and BET awards.
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