AUSTIN (KXAN) — Atlanta rapper Takeoff, who was part of rap group Migos, died Tuesday in Houston after he was shot, a representative for the group confirmed to The Associated Press.
The 28-year-old rapper, Kirshnik Khari Ball, was with his uncle and Migos rapper Quavo at a bowling alley when a fight broke out, according to NBC affiliate KPRC. Police said a man was confirmed dead after being shot. A Migos representative confirmed Takeoff was the victim.
Takeoff formed Migos in 2008 with Quavo and Offset. The group’s most-known songs include “Versace,” “Bad and Boujee” and “Stir Fry.”
Takeoff and Quavo released an album, “Only Built For Infinity Links,” together less than a month before Takeoff’s death.
The group performed in and visited Austin several times in their career. Here’s a look back at their visits to the Liev Music Capital of the World.
Migos made a guest appearance at the South by Southwest Music Festival on March 14, 2014. They performed alongside rapper Riff Raff on the Doritos #BoldStage.
Migos returned to SXSW in 2015 to play at the Pandora Discovery Den. “Migos may have broken a record for the number of people on stage – recreating a Quality Control mix tape live at the Discovery Den with Jose Guapo, Skippa da Flippa, Rich The Kid and more joining them onstage like it was the party to end all parties,” the Pandora blog said.
While in town, the group did several interviews, including sharing a day in the life with Billboard. Photos captured the group traveling from the Austin Crown Plaza hotel to the now-closed FADER Fort music venue on Fifth Street.
The rappers also spoke with Forbes in an interview at the Hilton in downtown Austin. They recounted one show they played in Abu Dhabi, though they didn’t have time to explore the city’s gold vending machines, they told Forbes.
In an interview with FACTmagazine, the group talked about their success, music and next plans as “trendsetters.”
Migos played at SXSW for the third time in 2017. They performed at the Youtube at Coppertank showcase on March 17, a SXSW spokesperson said.
The rappers returned to Austin in May 2018 to play at JMBLYA Music Festival with other headliners J. Cole, Young Thug and T.I. The festival was last held in 2019 before the pandemic.