Quavo penned an emotional tribute to his close friend, nephew and fellow Migos rapper Takeoff, who was shot dead in Houston on Nov. 1. In a statement posted to Instagram, Quavo recalled childhood memories with Takeoff, such as their shared love of professional wrestling and their early ventures into music.
“Throughout that time he had a REAL passion for music. It was HIS dream to be a rapper because I didn’t know what I wanted to do,” Quavo wrote. “Then he created his triplet flow and the rest was HISTORY. He never cared about titles, reputation or which man had the most shine, it wasn’t him. He didn’t care as long as we brought it home to the family!” Below is Quavo’s full statement.
In his eulogy, Quavo talks about how the terms “uncle” and “nephew” never quite captured the bond he had with Takeoff. (The two men grew up with Migos MC Offset in Lawrenceville, a suburb of Georgia.) “I knew you weren’t my brother because you’re my sister’s son, so I couldn’t say brother,” he wrote. “Now I finally get it…you are OUR angel watching me all the time and watching us alive to make sure EVERYONE felt your love and hugs while you are here and you make our dreams come true.”
Before his death, Takeoff and Quavo were playing dice at a Houston bowling alley when an altercation broke out and a man opened fire, TMZ and local media reported at the time. The rapper’s death was formally ruled a murder. He was 28 years old.
Following news of his death, Takeoff was greeted by friends and associates including Drake, Gucci Mane, future, and other. A memorial service for Takeoff was held at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta on Friday (November 11). Last month, Quavo and Takeoff released their debut album as a duo, Only Built for Infinity Links.
Read Pitchfork’s Afterword feature, Remembering Takeoff, Migos’ Low-Key Linchpin.
It’s so hard to tell you that I miss you because you’re always with me and we did everything together. Ever since we were kids you were by my side, looking up at me, your eyes waiting for me to take the next step…then you ran right after me. You always made sure I got it done first so you could get it right with me. You never competed against me, we were always on the same team. You hated playing me because I always played too hard or too rough, then I can hear my mom say “Sonnnn, don’t be too rough” because I didn’t want to lose!