- 08 Nov 22
The Grammy-nominated rapper was shot at a Houston bowling alley and died from his injuries last week at age 28.
Kirshnik Khari Ball, known professionally as Takeoff, will be laid to rest with a funeral on Friday, November 11th at the State Farm Arena in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.
The rapper, who rose to fame as part of the hip hop trio Migos, along with his uncle Quavo and first cousin once removed Offset, was shot and killed in Houston, Texas in the early hours of November 1st.
Takeoff’s funeral is set to take place at 1pm local time, though it is still unclear whether the event will be open to the public. Pastor Jesse Curney III will provide the eulogy, according to Channel 2 Action News.
The rapper, 28, was shot in the head and torso at 810 Billiards & Bowling in Houston last week and subsequently died outside the business. No arrests have been made as Houston Police are reportedly still searching for the gunman.
Takeoff and his uncle, fellow Migos rapper Quavo, were playing dice at a private party held at the bowling alley when an altercation broke out. Police believe that the rapper was not involved in the fight when he was shot.
His death was ruled a homicide the following day by the Harris County medical examiner's office.
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Hailing from Lawrenceville, Georgia, Takeoff grew up in the same household with family members and collaborators Quavopis "Quavo" Marshall and Kiari "Offset" Cephus. The trio, who were initially known as Polo Club, began rapping together in 2008. 2013 saw the release of their debut single 'Versace', followed by their debut album Yung Rich Nation in 2015.
However, it was 2017’s Culture and lead single 'Bad and Boujee' that really put the group on the map. Their sophomore LP Culture II was released in 2018 and running to almost two hours in length, features collaborations with the likes of Drake, Nicki Minaj, Cardi B and Post Malone. Migos’ last album was 2021’s Culture III.
Takeoff's debut solo album The Last Rocket (2018) received rave reviews, proving that he is "the trio's best rapper, with the most promising career prospects outside of the group", despite being the crew's "youngest, least attention-hungry member".
Quavo and Takeoff released a music video for their song 'Messy' mere hours before the rapper was killed, on October 31st, 2022.