Following the shocking death of Migos musician Takeoff, Quavo paid a heartfelt homage to his nephew. On November 1, Takeoff (born Kirshnik Khari Ball) was shot and died in Houston, Texas. He was 28.
Quavo took to Instagram on Saturday and uploaded the lengthy message: “it’s so hard to tell you Ima miss you because you [were] always with me and we did everything together.”
Quavo reminisced about how they were tag teammates after falling in love with wrestling and collecting every action figure.
“Thought we were gonna be pro wrestlers,” Quavo wrote.
He also mentioned Takeoff’s gentle personality.
“Nothing ever really bothered to Take and he didn’t bother anybody,” Quavo penned. “He is the most unbothered person in the world. He never went mad, he never raised his voice, and when he did, he silenced the room because what Take said was law and he wasn’t changing his mind.”
Quavo expressed difficulty putting into words what Takeoff meant to him. They were close, almost like brothers, although it didn’t seem right to Quavo, given that Takeoff was his nephew. And suddenly it dawned on him.
“This whole time I’ve been trying to figure out what you are to me because nephew wasn’t it,” he said. “We hated that word ’nephew’ or when they said ‘Unc and Phew’ cuz we always knew we were closer than that and it made me feel old too. But I knew you weren’t my brother cuz you are my sister’s son, so I couldn’t say, brother. Now I finally get it… you are OUR angel.”
Quavo’s homage comes just hours after Cardi B took to Instagram to pay respect to Takeoff, her husband, Offset’s, cousin.
“Takeoff your untimely passing has brought a great deal of pain and sorrow to so many lives,” she penned. “The impact you had in this world was so considerable and we have struggled to grasp this tragedy. I am heartbroken but I am grateful for all the precious memories we got to share while you were here with us. This has truly been a nightmare and the pain is incomparable.”
Migos, which includes Offset, is a Grammy-nominated trio. The three-piece published four studio albums during their tenure, two of which — Culture (2017) and Culture II (2018) — debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.