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The Hip-Hop Community Reacts to the Death of Takeoff

On Tuesday morning, media influencers and artists including Scarface and Westside Gunn mourned the passing of Migos member Takeoff.

The entertainment industry is in deep mourning after the fatal death of Migos and Unc & Phew member Takeoff early Tuesday morningThe Last Rocket rapper was at at 810 Billiards & Bowling Houston with Quavo, his uncle and fellow Unc & Phew member, when a shooting occurred. Takeoff, born Kirsnick Khari Ball, died at the scene. He was 28 years-old.

Former collaborators and public figures reacted to the news online, including Yung Miami of City Girls, who’s also signed to Migos’ label, Quality Control Music.

Also sharing her thoughts on the matter was author and sports journalist Jemele Hill, who explained that she was in college when The Notorious B.I.G. and 2Pac were killed, and assumed that rap music would not experience future fatalities.

“Now it’s happening so frequently that you barely have time to recover before someone else [is] killed,” she added.

In another tweet, Hill added: “Black people should be allowed to wear expensive things they’ve worked hard to buy, be out late, have petty arguments, without losing their lives. We keep pointing the blame at everything but the people who recklessly pull the trigger.”

Also sharing a candid with the late rapper was music journalist and Rap Radar co-host Elliott Wilson, who held a CRWN conversation with Migos in 2018. In August, Unc & Phew returned to Rap Radar as a duo to discuss their debut album, Only Built For Infinity Links.

Read what others had to say about Takeoff’s death below.

 

 

Jaelani Turner-Williams

Jaelani Turner-Williams is a contributing news writer for Okayplayer with bylines at Billboard, MTV News, NYLON, Recording Academy and more. Read her mind on Twitter at @hernameisjae.

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