Rapper Quavo has channeled his grief for late nephew and collaborator Takeoff into new music, two months after the latter died in a deadly Houston capturing in November at age 28.
“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 sings in his newest track, “Without You,” which dropped Wednesday.
Over a sluggish beat, Quavo reminisces concerning the time he spent with Takeoff, whose actual identify was Kirshnik Khari Ball. The music video reveals black-and-white footage of Takeoff smoking and bobbing his head to music. Quavo recollects the “hard times” along with his nephew, in addition to Migos enjoying Coachella in 2018. Whereas cherishing these recollections, Quavo additionally says he needs to show again time.
“I wish I had a time machine, just so you could take a ride with me,” Quavo sings.
Takeoff, who shaped Migos with uncles Quavo and Offset, died Nov. 1 in a capturing that broke out after an altercation at 810 Billiards & Bowling in Houston. Police stated that the hip-hop star was lifeless on arrival and that two different individuals have been additionally injured and brought to hospitals in non-public automobiles.
In December, Houston police arrested Patrick Xavier Clark, 33 and charged him within the slaying. One other man, Cameron Joshua, 33, was arrested Nov. 22 on weapons expenses in reference to the capturing dying.
Clark was launched from Harris County jail on Tuesday on a $1-million bond, in response to authorized paperwork obtained by The Instances. He’s scheduled to seem in court docket once more March 9.
In his track, Quavo notes that celebrations round birthdays and Christmas simply aren’t the identical with out his nephew, saying his dying has vastly affected family members.
“It’s hard to see Mama Love without you,” he sings.
The track concludes with Quavo echoing his needs to convey Takeoff on a time machine. However in contrast to the primary point out, Quavo provides, “I know it don’t work that way.”
“I’ll see you again some day,” he says. “Take (I’m sorry).”
Weeks after his dying, Takeoff was laid to relaxation in Atlanta. Followers, household and collaborators gathered Nov. 11 for a celebration of life that featured performances by Justin Bieber and Chloë Bailey.
Throughout the ceremony, Offset praised Takeoff for altering “the culture of music.”
“Lord, give us the strength … give us some strength, the family, everybody, give us some strength,” Offset stated. “I don’t want to question you, but I don’t get it. I don’t get you sometimes. And I believe in you, Father.”