Top 10 Facts about US Rappers Takeoff
Takeoff is officially known as Kirshnik Khari Ball. He was born on June 18, 1994, and died on November 1, 2022. He was an American rapper. He was best known for being a member of the hip hop trio Migos with his uncle Quavo and first cousin once removed Offset. The group had multiple top ten Billboard Hot 100 hits, including “MotorSport” featuring Nicki Minaj and Cardi B, “Stir Fry,” “Walk It Talk It” featuring Drake, and “Bad and Boujee” featuring Lil Uzi Vert, which peaked at number one (although Takeoff was not present on the single.) He was also nominated for two Grammy Awards. Takeoff was shot and killed in Houston, Texas on November 1, 2022.
1. He started making beats in seventh grade
Takeoff is one of the most recent and passionate rappers to achieve success. His rhythm and music, on the other hand, were widely praised and demonstrated a high level of maturity. This is most likely because he began developing beats and rhythms when he was in seventh grade, which is an unusually young age for such a creative endeavor. But it wasn’t until 2011 that he began professionally producing music with Migos. Juug Season, a mixtape released in August 2011 after years of rapping at local clubs and events, was their first project.
2. He was shot fatally in Houston
Rapper Takeoff, who is a member of the group Migos, was killed in a shooting early Tuesday after a private party in Houston, according to a police department press conference. According to Houston Police Chief Troy Finner, officers were called at 2:34 a.m. The shooting was taking place at 810 Billiards and Bowling in downtown Los Angeles. Takeoff, 28, whose real name is Kirshnik Khari Ball, was confirmed dead at the scene, according to Sgt. Michael Arrington, a homicide investigator. Two other people drove themselves to the hospital and were treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
3. He was named as a perpetrator in a civil lawsuit
Takeoff was named as a perpetrator in a civil lawsuit filed by a female victim on charges of “sexual battery, assault, false imprisonment, gender violence, and interference with civil rights” at a June 2020 party in Los Angeles on August 5, 2020. It was reported on April 2, 2021, that the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office would not file criminal charges against Takeoff due to a lack of evidence. As of April 2021, the civil suit court proceedings were still ongoing.
4. He was also nominated for two Grammy Awards
The Grammy Award is given by the Recording Academy to recognize “Outstanding Achievement in the Music Industry” in the United States. The Grammy is one of the four major annual American entertainment awards, along with the Academy Awards (for film achievements), the Emmy Awards (for television achievements), and the Tony Awards (for theater achievements). However, Takeoff was nominated for two Grammy awards; Bad and Boujee’s Best Rap Performance and Culture’s Best Rap Album.
5. He was an influential force on the mic alongside Offset and Quavo
The rapper was an influential force on the mic and the charts for the last decade as one-third of Migos (along with his uncle Quavo and cousin Offset). Migos’ 2013 single “Versace” barely made the Billboard Hot 100 (peaking at No. 99), but it set the tone for hip-hop for the next several years. By early 2017, the trio’s Lil Uzi Vert collaboration “Bad and Boujee,” from the group’s Billboard 200-topping album Culture, had topped the Hot 100. According to Luminate, Migos has earned 9.39 million equivalent album units in the United States for their catalog of albums, as well as 14.09 billion on-demand official streams of their songs.
6. He expressed his fear of premature death in his lyrics: ‘Certain Things You Just Don’t Say
In a wide-ranging interview that aired just one week before his tragic death, Migos rapper Takeoff discussed getting his due in music and his fear of manifesting an early death through his lyrics.
The musicians discussed their new collaborative album Only Built for Infinity Links, which was released on Oct. 7, with hosts N.O.R.E. and DJ EFN, and N.O.R.E. praised Takeoff for his verses on the record. “Enough is enough,” the rapper responded. “I’m chill and laid-back, but it’s time to pop it.” “I mean, give me my flowers now, you know what I mean? I don’t want them later when I’m not here; I want them now.”
7. He was best known as a member of the hip-hop trio Migos
Takeoff was best known for being a member of the hip hop trio Migos with his uncle Quavo and first cousin once removed Offset. However, Tais is the third and final member of Migos to have a solo Billboard Hot 100 entry. As a featured artist on Huncho Jack’s “Eye 2 Eye,” he debuts at No. 65 on the chart.
8. Quavo and Takeoff released a collaborative album titled Only Built for Infinity Links
On October 7, 2022, Quavo and Takeoff released a collaborative album titled Only Built for Infinity Links, 25 days before Takeoff’s death in Houston on November 1, 2022.
According to Takeoff, the title was inspired by Raekwon’s solo debut, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, and even received the official stamp of approval from the Wu-Tang legend. The uncle-nephew duo — also known as Unc and Phew worked on the project for two years and modeled elements of the cover art on iconic rap pairs Kanye West and Jay-Z circa Watch the Throne and Outkast, while the title alludes to their unbreakable bond and possibly rumors of the Migos breaking up earlier this year.
9. He used to have legal issues
On April 20, 2015, the Bulloch County District Attorney’s Office released Takeoff, Quavo, and six members of their entourage on bond, while Offset and six others remained in custody without bond. As a result of their arrests, Migos announced on April 28, 2015, that their Yung Rich Nation Tour would be postponed until July.
10. After his death, Quality Control Music, Takeoff’s label, issued an official statement
We mourn the loss of our beloved brother Kirsnick Khari Ball, also known as Takeoff, with broken hearts and deep sadness. We are devastated because senseless violence and a stray bullet have taken another life from this world. Please be respectful of his family and friends as we all mourn this tragic loss.