Long Live Takeoff: Fans Pay Tribute To Migos Rapper

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 25: Takeoff of Migos performs onstage during Global Citizen Live on September 25, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for Global Citizen)
Desiigner, Teyana Taylor, Yung Miami, Ugly God, Ja Rule and more pay tribute to Takeoff.

The world is mourning the loss of Takeoff, who was pronounced dead at 28. The Migos rapper was shot and killed in Houston, TX this morning at a bowling alley. Reports claim that the rapper was struck with a bullet following a heated altercation during a dice game.

Fans and friends have mourned the loss of Takeoff since his team confirmed his passing. Desiigner shared an emotional video on his Instagram Story shedding tears as he reacted to the news. "I'm done rap," he posted in a separate Story.

"Love Live Takeoff" and "Damn Take" began trending on Twitter after the news with Yung Miami and JR Smith reacting to the news as well. Fans also shared some of their favorite moments from Takeoff, from show-stealing verses to some of his humorous moments.

Teyana Taylor also shared her condolences in a heartbreaking post on Instagram.

"Please tell me this is just a bad dream pleaseeeeeeee I don’t want to believe this lil bro please," she wrote.

Though Takeoff was the quietest member among the Migos, he was an anchor to the group, from their come-up in Atlanta to world domination. Offset and Quavo previously credited Takeoff for helping create the group's distinct triplet flow that would later shift the tides of hip-hop moving forward.

News of Takeoff's death comes weeks after he and Quavo shared their latest project, Only Built For Infinity Links. The 18-song effort marked Quavo and Takeoff's debut without Offset and was met with rave reviews.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 22: Takeoff of Migos onstage at A Conversation with Migos at The GRAMMY Museum on September 22, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rebecca Sapp/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

Fans also shared a clip from Quavo and Takeoff's recent appearance on Drink Champs where N.O.R.E. gave Take his flowers for shining on his recent efforts.

"I'm chill. I'm laid back but it's time to pop it. It's time to give me my flowers. I don't want them later on when I ain't here," he said in the clip.

We're keeping Quavo and Offset in our thoughts at this difficult time. Check out a few tributes to Takeoff below.

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Aron A. is a features editor for HotNewHipHop. Beginning his tenure at HotNewHipHop in July 2017, he has comprehensively documented the biggest stories in the culture over the past few years. Throughout his time, Aron’s helped introduce a number of buzzing up-and-coming artists to our audience, identifying regional trends and highlighting hip-hop from across the globe. As a Canadian-based music journalist, he has also made a concerted effort to put spotlights on artists hailing from North of the border as part of Rise & Grind, the weekly interview series that he created and launched in 2021. Aron also broke a number of stories through his extensive interviews with beloved figures in the culture. These include industry vets (Quality Control co-founder Kevin "Coach K" Lee, Wayno Clark), definitive producers (DJ Paul, Hit-Boy, Zaytoven), cultural disruptors (Soulja Boy), lyrical heavyweights (Pusha T, Styles P, Danny Brown), cultural pioneers (Dapper Dan, Big Daddy Kane), and the next generation of stars (Lil Durk, Latto, Fivio Foreign, Denzel Curry). Aron also penned cover stories with the likes of Rick Ross, Central Cee, Moneybagg Yo, Vince Staples, and Bobby Shmurda.