Takeoff, one-third of the Migos, was shot and killed early Tuesday morning, and members of the hip-hop community have taken to social media to mourn the loss of the Atlanta rapper.
According to TMZ’s report, local police in Houston, Texas were notified of a shooting “shortly after 2:30 a.m.” at a local bowling alley where a dice game had taken place. An altercation reportedly broke out at this time, followed by shots fired, though more details weren’t immediately available.
Local news outlet KPRC-TV shared statements from the Houston Police Department that claimed: “an identity of the deceased victim” would not be confirmed at the time. HPD added that two other victims had been taken to nearby hospitals to be treated for injuries, and confirmed the Unc & Phew duo were present at the scene of the shooting.
Takeoff, real name Kirsnick Khari Ball, had just joined forces with his Quavo for their first joint album together Only Built for Infinity Links. Migos wrapped its critically lauded Culture trilogy with Culture III last June, and Take released his lone solo album The Last Rocket four years ago tomorrow.
“On a lot of the Migos records, [Takeoff] would anchor the song,” Quavo told Complex last month. “Now on a lot of these records, he comes in and is popping off. We are setting up alley-oops like Trae Young and John Collins!”
Complex has reached out to HPD for comment, as well as to a rep for Takeoff.
Following news of his death, members of the hip-hop community took to social media to pay tribute to the late rapper. Tyler, the Creator, Gucci Mane, and Rae Sremmurd were just some of the notable figures to express their shock and sadness over the rapper’s sudden death. While Offset has yet to share a statement, he changed his Instagram avatar to a photo of Takeoff.
See the tributes below.