The Bronx Bomber appeared on the opening episode of Hollywood unlocked founder Jason Lee’s new eponymous podcast, recalling the night she and her husband received the tragic news that TakeOff — Offset’s cousin and Migos group mate – had been shot and killed.
“We were in bed. We were going to LaLa’s [Anthony]’s party in New York, and my daughter threw up all over my costume,” she said during the nearly 90-minute episode. “Halloween was over because it was just so much vomit on custom and I don’t have anything to wear.”
She added: “So we just fell asleep and out of nowhere Offset’s phone kept ringing, my phone kept ringing. Offset picked up the phone and he just said ‘No!’ He screams and screams. He screams like, ‘No! Nobody! Nobody! Nobody!’
“I’m like, ‘What’s going on?’ And he says, ‘TakeOff is dead’. I hit him and said, ‘Don’t say that!’ And then he’s like screaming and throwing things, throwing up, running all over the place. And I was so scared, I was crying so much. It was horrible.”
Cardi explained that TakeOff’s untimely passing continued to weigh heavily on her and Offset’s hearts, and that any small setback would be enough to “trigger” them.
“It was just such a sensitive time in my home,” she said. “I just feel like everything was so triggering, like every little bad thing, every little diss, any little shit to me was just so triggering. It was a lot.”
TakeOff (real name Kirsnick Khari Ball) was fatally shot outside a bowling alley in Houston, Texas on November 1, 2022. Police believe the 28-year-old rapper was an innocent bystander at a dice game involving Quavo and other men when one the discussion about the game escalated and shots were fired.
The Migos hitmaker was hit by stray bullets in the head and torsohis autopsy report later revealed, and was pronounced dead at the scene.
A 33-year-old man named Patrick Clark, known locally in Houston as DJ Pat, has been accused of TakeOff’s murder. Police linked him to the crime through surveillance footage showing him firing a gun, as well as a wine bottle left at the scene with his fingerprints on it.
Investigators also had to recreate the crime scene to confirm any ballistic evidence. “Through that, we were able to deduce that Patrick Clark is the fatal shooter in the case, that’s why he’s charged with murder,” Homicide Sgt. Michael Burrow said.
Clark has maintained his innocence and was released from jail earlier this month after posting a $1 million bond. He will be back in court in March.
Cardi B has previously opened up about the impact of TakeOff’s death last November, admitted she had struggled to lift Offset’s spirits after his passing.
“We live our lives normally, but deep down our hearts have been so heavy,” she said in a voice message shared on Twitter. “I feel like if we talk about how we really feel or what the muthafuckas have really been through, you’ll start saying, ‘Oh, sympathy.’ And we don’t want any sympathy. We are not a charity.
“But no lie, I’ve felt so hopeless trying to make my husband happy. Trying to make him smile, seeing him cry randomly, seeing him trying to completely distract his mind, schedules changing, trying to keep up with work after all he’s been through the last few weeks.”
Offset himself has frequently posted about TakeOff on social media since his death and even introduced one massive tribute to his late cousin that he said will be played “before every show.” Most recently he admitted that he is still struggling to process his grief.
“Shit don’t easy fake smile and shit try to keep walking with my head up,” he wrote to his 4.5 million Twitter followers on December 21, sharing a photo of TakeOff standing triumphantly on stage during a Migos festival performance.