Migos Member Takeoff Has Been Shot & Killed

Migos co-founder Takeoff was shot and killed at a downtown Houston, Texas bowling alley and pool hall Tuesday morning (November 1). The 28-year-old born Kirshnik Khari Ball has been confirmed dead by sources, including TMZ, which has published photographs of the slain chart-topping Greater Atlanta, Georgia Rap artist.

Reports indicate that Takeoff and his band-mate Quavo were gambling in a dice game at 810 Billiards & Bowling Houston. There, an altercation broke out after 2:30am this morning. Gunfire broke out, leaving the Quality Control star dead on the scene. Sources suggest he was shot in or close to the head. Several other people may have been injured, however sources confirm that Quavo, who is Takeoff’s uncle, was not among those struck.

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Minutes before the shooting, Takeoff posted a selfie at the gaming venue. Earlier in the day, he was seen in the city with Jas Prince, a music executive and son of Rap-A-Lot Records founder J. Prince. It was Jas’ birthday, presumably prompting the Migos rappers into town.

Over the last dozen years, Migos emerged to cultivate a new Atlanta sound, from  Gwinnett County, and become the 2010s embodiment of the Trap music sound. The trio, also involving Takeoff’s cousin Offset, expanded from early 2010s mixtapes into meaningful collaborative work with Rich The Kid, Young Thug, and PeeWee Longway, to become major label stars at 300/Atlantic Records. The group became a core of Quality Control, a label formed by former Young Jeezy manager Kevin “Coach K” Lee and Pierre “P” Thomas that has included Lil Yachty, Lil Baby, City Girls, and others. Beginning with 2015’s Yung Rich Nation, the trio climbed the charts. 2017’s Culture went to #1, as did Lil Uzi Vert-assisted hit single “Bad & Boujee.” Notably, Takeoff did not appear in the smash. Both the album and the hit song were Grammy-nominated, further legitimizing a movement that began in the streets of Gwinnett County.

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Culture II, arriving one year after the first installment, achieved the same pole position, as Migos and Quality Control moved to Capitol/Motown Records. In early 2021, Culture III released.

In 2018, Takeoff released his solo debut The Last Rocket, which reached #4 on the charts. It included gold certified single “Last Memory.” As a soloist, he’d collaborated with Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg, and Calvin Harris, among others. Last month, Takeoff and Quavo partnered for the Raekwon-inspired Only Built For Infinity Linx album. The QC LP features Gunna, Gucci Mane, Birdman, DJ Mustard, and Young Thug. The single “Hotel Lobby” has already been certified gold by the RIAA.

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This incident follows a year where Rap artists including PnB Rock, Jay Da Youngan, Snootie Wild, Archie Eversole, and another Atlanta artist, Trouble, have all been lost to shootings. Snootie’s February incident also took place in Houston.

Ambrosia For Heads extends condolences to the Migos, and the family, friends, and fans of Takeoff.