- Migos rapper Takeoff was shot dead on November 1 in Houston Texas.
- Houston Police Department reported that Takeoff’s fellow rapper Quavo was also at the scene.
- Quavo, who is also Takeoff’s uncle, has recently been releasing music with his nephew as a duo.
Migos rapper Quavo is a bandmate and uncle of the late Takeoff.
A representative for Migos confirmed to the Associated Press on Tuesday that Takeoff — real name Kirshnik Khari Ball — was shot dead in Houston, Texas, at the age of 28.
Houston Police Department said that officers had responded to reports of a shooting at 1200 Polk, the address of 810 Billiards & Bowling, at around 2:30 a.m. The police department also confirmed that Quavo — real name Quavious Marshall — was among the guests at a private party where the shooting took place.
Insider has reached out to representatives for Takeoff and Migos for comment.
In 2008, Quavo formed the rap group Migos with his nephew Takeoff and cousin Offset — real name Kiari Cephus. They were originally called Polo Club but later adopted the name Migos, which they said in 2013 is a reference to the “hub of drugs” from the part of Georgia they grew up in.
Migos released their first mixtape “Juug Season” in 2011 but did not find success until 2013 with their song “Versace.” After the success of their second album, Quavo featured solo on a number of tracks including “Strip That Down” by Liam Payne and DJ Khaled’s “I’m the One.”
The 31-year-old rapper also released two albums separately from the group, “Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho” as part of a duo with Travis Scott, and “Quavo Huncho” in 2018.
Migos has not officially split, however, recently Offset has been more distant from the other two members of the group. Fans began to speculate tension when Migos canceled their performance at the 2022 Governors Ball in June.
Since then Quavo and Takeoff have been releasing music as a duo including their latest album, “Only Built for Infinity Links,” last month. Meanwhile, Offset has announced that he is releasing his own solo album in November.
In October, Quavo and Takeoff addressed the move from a trio to a duo on Revolt’s “Big Fact” podcast.
“We want to see our career as a duo,” Quavo said. “This ain’t got nothing to do with no label, no paperwork, no QC, nothing. This got something to do with the three brothers. And shit, it is what it is. Right now, we gon’ be the duo ’til time tell.”