“We’re trying to tell these people out here, man, we’re here for a purpose,” Nas said. “We can’t destroy each other over bullshit. Look at these little brothers and be like don’t shoot; don’t throw your life away. It’s not worth it. There’s something to live for, something to be here for.
“All that tough shit is cool when you grow up,” the veteran MC continued, “but we’ve got to learn that we’re here for a purpose and there’s a design that’s out there to make sure we don’t grow up. to make sure we don’t reach it And we have to recognize that there is something in life that tries stop the youth of the hood from growing to its proper purpose.”
Tributes have continued to pour in for TakeOff in the days since he was gunned down in Houston on November 1st. Like Nas, several members of the Hip Hop community have used the tragedy to address the gun violence that has claimed so many young artists.
Quality Control Music co-founder Coach K shared a similar sentiment as he paid tribute to his protégé with a heartfelt Instagram post.
“Young brothers, we have to stop this senseless violence, it’s not cool,” he wrote at the time. “Young brothers and sisters should have a chance to grow old. PLEASE start caring more about life.”
On Friday (November 11), thousands of fans, collaborators, friends and relatives gathered for TakeOff’s memorial service in Atlanta.
Full capacity crowd at State Farm Arena included Gucci Mane, Rich The Kid, City girls, CeeLo Green, YGMurda Beatz, Mustard, Lil Yachty, Teyana TaylorRussell Simmons. cardi bTakeOff’s cousin was also photographed ahead of the memorial service.
The celebration of life was officiated by Senior Pastor Jesse Curney III, whose New Mercies Christian Church counted TakeOff and his family among its congregants. Drake was photographed addressing the crowd as pictures were taken Justin Bieber’s performance.
After Bieber’s performance and Drake’s speech – in which he paraphrases Maya Angelou – the surviving members of Migos, TakeOff’s uncle Quavo and cousin Offsetboth broke their silence and delivered their first remarks since the rapper’s untimely death on November 1st.
While contestants were asked to place their phones in lockers before entering State Farm Arena, footage has been leaked of Offset’s emotional speechwhere he credited his cousin with creating the flow that “changed music culture forever.”
During the nearly 3-hour ceremony, Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens also presented TakeOff with the city’s highest honor, The Phoenix Award, which is presented to those who have made significant contributions to the city. The award was accepted by Quavo, TakeOff’s mother Titania Davenport and his siblings Ezekiel Davenport and Heaven Davenport.