Celebrities, musicians and members of the hip-hop community gathered on social media to share memories of Takeoff, a third of the influential rap group Migos who was killed in a shooting in Houston on Tuesday. He was 28.
Teyana Taylor posted a photo of Takeoff, born Kirsnik Khari Ball, in a shirt promoting her 2018 album “KTSE” with an emotional caption calling him her “lil bro” and begging that the sad news was “a bad dream.” would be.
“I don’t want to believe this,” she wrote.
Drake shared a photo of him and Takeoff onstage together. “I have the best memories of all of us seeing the world together and bringing light to every city we touch,” the rapper wrote on Instagram.
“That’s what I’ll focus on for now. Rest in peace, spaceman Take.”
Takeoff died early Tuesday after being shot after a private party, Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said at an afternoon news conference Tuesday. Police said several people fled the scene at the event – which took place at a bowling alley – and police are seeking additional information about the shooting.
No arrests have been announced.
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Outkast, Gucci Mane, more rappers pay tribute to Takeoff
Outkast, made up of Atlanta rappers André 3000 and Big Boi, have sent their “deepest condolences and prayers to (Takeoff’s) family, friends and community of people touched by his craft” on Twitter.
Gucci Mane posted a photo of Takeoff in which he said the news “broke my heart”.
Hip-hop producer Metro Boomin remembered Takeoff as “a selfless and truly stand-up person. Someone I could most confidently call my brother. His light was so bright you could really feel God shining through him.”
Metro Boomin continued, “I can’t even really put into words how bright and warming a real soul he was. Music brought us together 10 years ago, but played a small part in our friendship and brotherhood in general.”
The producer cited the culture of sharing graphic photos and videos of people’s deaths without regard for those “who will now deal with the trauma of that reality for the rest of their lives.”
“It’s sick how barbaric, insensitive and insensitive we have become…I pray for Take family, but I also pray for society and this insensitive world as a whole,” Metro Boomin concluded.
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Machine Gun Kelly thought about the “honor” of appearing on Migos’ first mixtape in 2009, adding that it’s “crazy what they’ve done since.”
“I’m just glad he got to experience SOME of his flowers while he was here,” the rapper concluded.
Rapper and host of the “Drink Champs” podcast, NORE, said on Twitter, “It’s a sad day for all of us.”
He also shared a video clip of a recent appearance of Taking off on the podcast said it was “time to give me my flowers.”
NORE continued: “#TakeOff was a true student of #HipHop & disappeared way too soon. Glad we gave you Flower King, you earned it! #LongLiveTakeOff prayers & condolences to his family & friends!”
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Brooklyn-bred rapper JPEGMafia said that while he didn’t know Takeoff personally, he “(hates) to see black men die and their deaths instantly turn into substance or a tactic to promote something.”
“This is the only group of people that this consistently happens to,” the rapper concluded.
DJ Khaled has sent his “sincere and deepest condolences”.
“Takeoff is an incredible man and a beautiful person all around,” he captioned two pictures of himself with Migos with his family and in the studio. “(Takeoff’s) energy was always beautifully filled with so much love and so much great energy…we love you brother!”
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Travis Scott shared a photo of the two on his Instagram story, writing, “Forever the space cadet. Forever the rocket, the humblest the illest 4ever Take.”
The game also called on people on social media to stop sharing a video of Takeoff after he was shot on Tuesday.
Plugwalk rapper Rich The Kid called Takeoff his “brother” his “twin” and his “best friend” in an emotional Instagram post, sharing photos of the two over the years.
“The most humble person I know,” wrote Rich the Kid. “We used to share shoes and clothes before we made it without a problem. I miss you already, you didn’t deserve that! I can’t stop crying.”
SZA, Ari Lennox, more musicians offer their condolences
SZA said she “wept” over the news of Takeoff’s death.
“God bless that man’s spirit, his family and friends,” she wrote. “SUCH A TALENTED SOUL.”
Ari Lennox shared on Twitter she was praying for everyone who knew and loved him.
“Rest in peace, leave,” she wrote.
Steve Aoki wrote that he couldn’t believe this news. and shared several photos of herself with Takeoff and the rest of the Migos trio.
Keke Palmer called Takeoff’s death on Instagram “appalling” and the video circulating online became “tragic.”
“It’s all just tragic and I’m sorry for all his family and everything he touched. Truly awful,” she wrote.
Electronic music producer and DJ Marshmello said he… “honored to have worked with (Takeoff).”
“I can’t believe this,” he added.
“my heart is broken,” wrote Chloe Bailey on Twitter.
James Corden Recalls ‘Unforgettable Moments’ With Takeoff
Takeoff appeared on “The Late Late Show With James Corden” many times over the years with fellow Migos rappers – his cousin Offset and uncle Quavo. The rap trio’s 2018 segment “Carpool Karaoke” went viral and continues to circulate after Takeoff’s death.
On Tuesday, James Corden shared on “The Late Late Show” that he is “devastated” by the loss. “My biggest feeling when I was around (Takeoff) was how much he loved music. He lived for it. And it was that love for music that essentially wanted Migos to exist,” Corden said.
“Before their split, (Migos) became one of the most influential rap groups of this generation,” he continued. “Takeoff helped define trap music and put it on a national stage.”
Recalling some of the “unforgettable moments” he had with Takeoff, Corden called the late rapper “an incredible guy, warm and generous.”
“When I saw him, he always called me ‘Big Drip’, and he knew how much I loved that. And I loved being with him and every member of Migos,” he added. “Our thoughts are with his family and all his friends. We lost an incredibly special someone today.”
Marlon Wayans and Bernice King denounce gun violence: ‘No glory’
Actor and comedian Marlon Wayans posted a photo of the Atlanta rapper and shared a statement about gun violence.
“There is no glory in depriving another man of his life. There is no jewellery, no money, no quarrel or disagreement worth a lifetime,” Wayans wrote. “My heart is broken for this man’s family, his friends, his fans and everyone who knew him. And my heart aches for black people who have lost another young king to violence.”
“I regret that such frivolous violence has ended your life,” Bernice King wrote on Twitter on Tuesday. “My heart goes out to Takeoff’s family and to everyone devastated by his death. We have a lot of work to do to transform the culture of violence into a culture of community awareness and caring.”
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Shared a tribute to Takeoff on Instagram, Bella Hadid wrote: “Way too soon. God takes the angels he needs back to heaven… Takeoff was such a sweet and kind soul… A tragedy that didn’t have to to happen.”
Georgia Governor Candidate Stacey Abrams tweeted that Takeoff’s death is a “tragic loss” to her condition.
“Kirshnik Khari Ball has profoundly influenced hip-hop and our culture. My condolences go out to the family, friends and everyone inspired by his talent,” Abrams wrote.
Police responded to reports of the shooting at 810 Billiards & Bowling shortly after 2:30 a.m., where dozens of people had gathered on a balcony outside the third-floor bowling alley, police said. Upon arrival, officers found one dead.
Takeoff was the youngest member of Migos, the Atlanta suburban rap trio that also featured his uncle Quavo and cousin Offset. They first broke through with the huge hit “Versace” in 2013. The song was remixed by Drake, making it even more popular.
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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Migos’ Takeoff Dies at 28: Teyana Taylor, James Corden, More Mourning