Breaking News: Migos Member Killed in TX


Amin Shah, Arts & Entertainment Editor

Famous rapper Kirshnik Ball (famously known as Takeoff), a part of the rap trio ‘’Migos,” has died.

Just hours after he posted on Instgram, Takeoff was shot at a private bowling alley hall (810 Billiards and Bowling) in Houston, Texas, where he died at the scene. A video and pictures of the event have spread online. As a result, many disrespectful comments have been made about the situation. Outside of the disrespect towards the rapper, many celebrities have gone to social media grieving the rapper’s death, with people like Designer having an emotional breakdown on Instagram Live in reaction to the event.  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s daughter, the Rev. Bernice King said in a tweet: “I mourn that such frivolous violence has ended your life. My heart goes out to Takeoff’s family and to all who are devastated by his death. We have a lot of work to do in transforming the culture of violence into a culture of community awareness and care.”

Rise to Fame
The trio formed in 2008 and started as a family affair under the name Polo Club. The group was made up of Takeoff, along with his uncle, Quavious Keyate Marshall (Quavo), and cousin, Kiari Kendrell Cephus (Offset). In 2011 they changed their name to Migos.

Their 2013 hit, “Versace,” put them in the spotlight, and their song “Bad and Boujee” reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 list. Over the years they have become one of the most successful hip-hop groups of all time, earning at least 20 platinum and gold singles and albums.

Rumors began to circulate in 2018 that the group might be splitting up after Takeoff released a solo album (The Last Rocket), and Offset turned to solo projcects. Despite the rumors,  they released their fourth studio album, Culture III in 2021. Takeoff and Quavo stated they saw themselves working better as a duo rather than a trio with Offset. Since then, Takeoff and Quavo released ‘‘Only Built For Infinity Links’’ on October 7th, a duo album between the two rappers. It was generally a continuation of the ‘‘Culture’’ series, but without the flare Offset brought to the group, hindering it less effective than the ‘‘Culture’’ series, but it was still generally well received.

Whether you enjoyed his music or not, it is undeniable that he had a great impact on the modern rap scene with Migos, his solo music, and features with other rappers.