Rapper Takeoff shot dead in Texas

American rapper Takeoff of the Grammy-nominated hip-hop trio Migos was shot and killed at the age of 28 in Houston, Texas.

The 28-year-old rapper, whose real name is Kirschnick Harry Ball, was fatally shot at a Houston bowling alley where he was playing dice with his uncle and bandmate Quavo around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, the BBC reported.

The shooting took place on a balcony outside the pool and bowling alley. Police said 40 to 50 guests were at a private party when someone opened fire. Security guards in the area heard the shots but did not see who fired the gun.

When they arrived, officers said they found a large crowd and a man in his twenties with a gunshot wound to the head or neck. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Takeoff was identified as the victim by media outlets including TMZ, Variety and the Hollywood Reporter.

A representative for the musician, whose real name is Kirschnick Cary Ball, later confirmed the news of Takeoff’s death to The Associated Press.

During the game, an argument broke out and shots were fired. Two other people were shot and taken by private vehicles to area hospitals, TMZ reports. According to the publication, Quavo was not injured.

On Twitter friends and fans have paid tribute to the late rapper.

“Forever a legend, can’t believe it,” Lil Pump wrote on Instagram, while Ja Rule posted a dove emoji and sent “love to friends and family.”

Music executive Cole Bennett tweeted that “nothing makes sense anymore. Nothing at all,” and Juice Wayne posted a verse about Takeoff saying it “will never make sense.”

“Takeoff [бе] possibly the most effortless rapper,” wrote actress Masika Kalysha.

Migos were one of the most influential bands of their generation, pioneered the style of rapping in choppy, staccato triplets known as the “Migos flow”. The band, who split earlier this year, scored several international hits including Bad and Boujee, Versace and Walk It Talk It.

Born in Lawrenceville, Georgia, on June 18, 1994, Takeoff was best known for his membership in Migos alongside Quavo, his uncle, and Offset, his cousin, who is the husband of rapper Cardi B. Atlanta-based Migos rose to fame with Drake’s remix of 2013’s “Versace.” In 2016, with the hit “Bad and Boujee”, the band reached number one for the first time.

Following their debut album Yung Rich Nation in 2015, they debuted at the top of the Billboard Top Albums chart with their sophomore album Culture.

After signing with Motown and Capitol Records in 2017, they followed up with “Culture II,” which again reached number one on the chart.

In 2021, they complete the trilogy with “Culture III”.

Quavo and Takeoff, who also perform as a duo, recently released a new music video for the track “Messy.”

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