Friends and family of TakeOff (real name Kirsnick Khari Ball) gathered at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena on Friday (Nov. 11) to say their goodbyes after he was shot and killed on November 1 at a bowling alley in Houston, Texas.
Those in attendance at the memorial service included Cardi B and her husband Offsetthere next to TakeOff and Quavo rose to fame as part of Migos. After the service, the “Bodak Yellow” hitmaker took to Instagram to pay tribute to TakeOff.
“Start your untimely passing has brought a lot of pain and sorrow to so many lives,” Cardi began her post. “The impact you had on this world was so significant and we have struggled to come to terms with this tragedy. I am heartbroken but 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 beyond compare. The emptiness your brothers feel is unbearable and I pray that you give Offset, Quavo and your friends and family the strength to carry on as they try to get through this loss.”
She added: “I believe that angels send signs and beautiful dreams to their loved ones to reassure them that they are watching over them and that they are okay and happy… send your mum some [praying emoji].”
Cardi B shared the tribute alongside a series of images of TakeOff and Migos, each soundtracked by a different TakeOff verse from the Migos catalog, including “Call Casting,” “T-Shirt,” “Gang Gang,” “Big on Big,” “Jane” and “Fight Night”.
The final slide of Cardi’s post features a DM exchange between herself and TakeOff, backed by TakeOff’s verse on 2021’s “Type Shit,” which also features Cardi B. The track appears on Migos’ latest album, Culture III.
Cardi’s tribute post continued: “As a Migos fan, it pains me to see pictures and videos of you together and hear you sing songs that changed the music industry and moved the culture and lit up the clubs. [fire emoji]. It hurts because I know it will never be the same – but I know your brothers and you fans will make sure the world never forgets the impact you made.
“I will remember your remarkable talent and your dumb-ass personality. I pray you are at peace and in paradise because you deserve it all. I know God opened the gates of heaven to you with a warm embrace. Rest in power TakeOff [rocket and broken heart emoji] I will also love you 4L and beyond.”
Offset was among those who spoke at TakeOff’s funeraland gave an emotional speech that included praising his friend and cousin for changing “music culture forever.”
“You changed that flow. That flow came from Take, the originator. The originator of that flow. He changed the music,” TakeOff told the crowd of mourners. “Lord give us the strength, give us the strength, family and everybody, give us the strength . I don’t want to question God, but I just don’t get it’.
Offset announced on Thursday (November 10) that he was delay the release of his new solo album after his cousin’s death.