Quavo took to Instagram on Saturday to share an emotional tribute to his nephew and fellow Migos rapper Takeoff, who was shot and killed earlier this month at a bowling alley in Houston, TX.
“It’s so hard to tell you I’ma miss you because you always with me and we did everything together,” Quavo’s message begins. “Since we were kids you been by my side, lookin up at me, them eyes waiting on me to make the next move.. then you followed up right behind me.”
“This whole time I’ve been trying to figure out what you really are to me because nephew wasn’t it,” he added. “We hated that word ‘nephew’ or when they said “Unc and Phew” cuz we always knew we were way closer than that and it made me feel old too.”
Quavo continued, “But I knew you weren’t my brother cuz you are my sister’s son, so I couldn’t say brother. Now I finally get it…You are OUR angel.”
Read Quavo’s full message about Takeoff below.
Takeoff, real name Kirsnick Khari Ball, was remembered on Friday by family, friends, and fans, as thousands packed inside Atlanta’s State Farm Arena for the “Celebration of Life for Takeoff.”
“After I made the first move, you always followed up right behind me,” Quavo reportedly said during the service. “You always waited for me to do it first so you could do it right with me. You never competed with me, we was always on the same team because you hated plotting against me because I always played too hard or too rough.”
“[Takeoff] changed the culture of music forever,” Offset shared. “You changed that flow. That flow came from Take, the originator. The originator of that flow. He changed the music.”