The veteran music executive aired his personal thoughts on TakeOff’s death via Instagram on Thursday (November 3) after previously sharing a formal statement from Quality control music. In the post, Coach K called his fallen artist one of the “kindest, humblest. [most] caring people” he had ever met.
“I’m so sorry this young brother didn’t get a chance to grow old,” wrote Coach K. “Takeoff and I had similar characteristics very quiet, shy, but very outspoken with charisma and knowledgeable about everything going on. I had a real connection with him like everyone else he came in contact with.”
Shares his thoughts next to the cover of The last rocketTakeOff’s only solo release, Coach also shared how he came to introduce Migos raps for artist Hebrew Brantley. “Takeoff said I wanted him to do my album cover […] I want to be on a rocket flying into space and we made it happen,” he wrote.
“I will love you forever,” Coach K wrote in closing. “Young brothers, we have to stop this senseless violence, it’s not cool. Young brothers and sisters should have a chance to grow old. PLEASE start caring more about life. I’m really heartbroken.”
TakeOff (real name Kirsnick Khari Ball) was tragically gunned down in Houston early Tuesday morning (November 1). While Quavo – who was with TakeOff the night he died – has yet to speak about the incident, their estranged Migos bandmate Offset updated his Instagram profile to a photo of his slain cousin the day he died.
On Wednesday, Coach K and the official Quality Control Music Instagram account shared a formal statement decrying the “senseless violence” that cut Takeoff’s life short at the age of 28.
“It is with broken hearts and deep sorrow that we mourn the loss of our beloved brother Kirsnick Khari Ball, known to the world as Takeoff,” the statement read. “Senseless violence and a stray bullet have taken another life from this world and we are devastated.”
Migos were the first act signed to QC when Coach K and P formed their partnership in 2013.
TakeOff and Quavo were still riding high off their debut project as Unc & Phew, Only built for Infinity Linkswhich was released on October 14. The release of the project sparked further speculation about the perceived rift between the Migos.
While they hinted that there might never be one reunion for the groupboth Offset and Takeoff made it clear that there was no love lost between the real-life relatives.
“I just feel like we want to see our careers as a duo, you know what I’m saying?” Quavo said. “Because you know, we just came from a loyal family, shit that’s supposed to stick together. And sometimes when shit doesn’t work out, it’s not meant to.”
Takeoff added, “We don’t know all the answers, you feel me? God knows. We pray a lot, you know? Whatever’s not right and however you see fit, you put it back together or how you do what we ask. So only time will tell. We’re always family now, that’s not going to change.”
When the news of Takeoff’s passing began to spread on social media, it was immediately met posts by artists including Gucci Mane, Killer Mike, Joe Budden, Lloyd Banks and Boosie Badazz expressing their shock and sorrow. The loss continued to sink in, more tributes to the late Migos lyricist have poured in from people who Drake, Future, 21 Savage, Travis Scott, 2 Chainz and other.
On Thursday, Rap-A-Lot founder J. Prince shared his thoughts on the shooting after it was reported that his son, Jas Prince, had been with TakeOff and Quavo at some point in the hours leading up to the 28-year-old rapper’s death.
“I’ve known Takeoff, Quavo and Offset for many years and there’s been nothing but mutual love for each other and that’s never going to change as far as we’re concerned,” J. Prince wrote. “This should not have happened. This should never have happened in our city. This should not have been recorded and this certainly should not be circulating on social media for family, friends and fans to see.”