Titled “Without You,” the tender, somber track finds Huncho pouring out his pain over TakeOff’s death. “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.” he sings.
With an intro from the Dream Chasers singer Vorythe song also catches the Quality Control hitmaker reminiscing about happier times with his partner-in-rhyme, from “smoking big joints” and performing at Coachella to growing up in Atlanta’s Northside together.
Nostalgia quickly turns to longing, however, as Quavo mournfully pays tribute: “I wish I had a time machine / So you can take a ride with me / Wrap my arms around me and hold on tight, Pyha / So you can never say goodbye to me.”
“Without you” comes accompanied by one one-take, black-and-white music video shows the Migos rapper sat in a chair in the studio smoking a joint with his eyes closed, deep in thought.
“Long Live Tag Infinity,” Quavo went on to write Instagram on Wednesday (Jan. 4) while sharing the song. Meek Molle, Busta rhymesLeBron James, Ty Dolla $ign and Mike WILL Made-It were among those who offered their love and support in the comments section.
“Without You” marks Quavo’s first musical release since TakeOff shot and killed outside a bowling alley in Houston, Texas on November 1just weeks after the duo released their joint album Only built for Infinity Links.
According to the police, the 28-year-old (real name Kirshnik Khari Ball) was a innocent bystander to a “lucrative” dice game involving Quavo and other men. An argument broke out during the game, leading to several shots being fired.
TakeOff was pronounced dead at the scene, and the Harris County Medical Examiner’s autopsy report later revealed he was killed by “penetrating gunshot wounds to the head and torso in the arm.”
It was a 33-year-old man named Patrick Xavier Clark arrested and charged with TakeOff’s murder on December 2. Clark, known in Houston as DJ Pat, was linked to the crime by surveillance footage showing him firing a gun and a wine bottle left at the scene with his fingerprints.
Despite allegedly tried to flee the country after the shooting, Clark maintained his innocence and was released on a $1 million bond Wednesday (Jan. 4).
After TakeOff’s death, Quavo wrote a heartfelt letter on Instagram saying goodbye to his close relative and collaborator.
“Dear Take, it’s so hard to tell you that I miss you because you were always with me and we did everything together,” he wrote in part. “I’m proud that we saw the world and did things we could never imagine together.
“You will continue to send your blessings down from Heaven and I will continue to keep your name alive as long as I live…Love you nephew!”