Quavo mourns his deceased nephew take off on the new solo track “Without You”. The heartbreaking, gospel-tinged song, which dropped on Wednesday night (Jan. 4), is both a somber tribute and a tearful list of cherished memories of the Migos member who was shot down in Houston on Nov. 1.
The accompanying video shows a contemplative Quavo sitting in a leather chair in the studio with his eyes closed, burning a joint and running down their good times, wishing a time machine could bring Takeoff back for just a few more rounds.
“Tears roll down my eyes/ Can’t tell you how many times I cried/ Days ain’t the same without you/ I don’t know if I’m the same without you,” Quavo raps over the song’s skeletal beat before running off a list of highlights they shared together.
“Remember the days we smoked big butts together?/ Remember the days we rocked Coachella?/ Remember the days we don’t have our s–t together?/ On Nawfside, times were tough, but they days were better,” he raps. “I wish I had a time machine/ Just so you can take a ride with me/ I just miss the way you smile at me/ Unc and Phew until infinity.”
The song, featuring an intro from singer Vory, was co-produced by Zaytoven and Mike Dean, and Quavo dreams of a time when uncle and nephew (born Kirsnik Khari Ball) will be reunited in the afterlife. “Out in the galaxy, up in the stars/ Across the universe, it’s bigger than Mars/ See you in the sky, see you in the sky/ When I see you in the sky, I gotta be with my dawg,” Quavo says. As the tune fades out, a despondent Quavo adds, “Soooo… I’m sorry.”
Takeoff, 28, was shot and killed in a downtown Houston bowling alley in November. where he and Quavo attended an after-party where Takeoff was named an “innocent bystander” by Houston police in what has been described as a dice game gone wrong. The suspect in the shooting, Patrick Xavier Clark, 33, has been charged with murder and another man, Cameron Joshua, 22, was arrested and charged with illegal carrying of a weapon.
After Takeoff’s death, third Migos member Offset and Quavo remained relatively tight-lipped, privately grieving their massive loss. But both rappers honored Takeoff during one three hour memorial on Nov. 11 at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena.
“Without You” is just the latest tribute to Takeoff from the Migos camp since then, after writing Offset in December. 21, which he found difficult find some happiness in the wake of his cousin’s death. “S-not easy fake smile and I try to keep walking with my head up,” Offset captioned the scene of Takeoff flashing the peace sign in the post last month.
Watch the “Without You” video below.