Authorities said Tykov, who represented a third of Migos’ platinum-selling group, was shot and killed early Tuesday in Houston, Texas. He was 28 years old.
Troy Viner, the Houston police chief, said at a press conference Tuesday that police received a call with a shooting in progress at about 2:34 a.m. local time. Officers arrived at 810 Billiards & Bowling Houston where there was a private party and found a dead man at the scene.
The sergeant said two other people – a 23-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman – were also injured in the shooting and took themselves to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Michael Arrington with the police department’s homicide division.
Police staff said that an altercation occurred after the party ended when a large group of people gathered in the front door area outside the building, which led to the shooting. Wiener said at least 40 people were at the scene at the time of the shooting.
“Many people fled the scene and did not comply with their statements,” Arrington said.
Wiener identified the deceased man as Kirschnik Khari Paul, aka Take Off from the rap group Migos.
“I’ve had so many calls from Houston and outside of Houston, and everyone talked about him being an amazing guy, how safe he was, and what a great artist he is,” Viner said, adding later that Takeoff was highly respected and non-violent.
“I don’t expect him to be involved…we have no reason to believe he was involved in anything criminal at the time,” Wiener said.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said they met Tikoff’s mother.
“It doesn’t matter how famous you are. You may not be famous at all,” Turner said. “Anyone who loses their life is a life wasted, and there are family and friends who are sad as a result.”
The news of Tykov’s death was a blow to the hip-hop community, which is still recovering from it The fatal shooting of the rapper PnB Rock in September. The stars moved to social media Tuesday to pay tribute and express their condolences on Takeoff’s death.
Gucci Mane, who recently collaborated with Takeoff on the track “Us vs. Them,” wrote Instagram“It broke my heart,” upon learning the news.
“This is awful. From the tragedy of death to the tragedy of having a video online,” actress Kiki Palmer Subscribed on Instagram, referring to a video clip apparently showing the late rapper in the moments after his shooting. “Everything is tragic and I am so sorry for his whole family and everything he touched. Really terrible.”
Rapper Ja Rule aired his complaints about Takeoff’s violent death on Twitterwrite, “This must stop…sending love to friends and family.”
Atlanta Falcons too Statement on Twitter.
“Takeoff’s legacy lives on in Atlanta and around the world,” the team tweeted.
Born in Lawrenceville, Georgia, Tykov began performing with his uncle and fellow rapper Quavo, along with Offset, as Migos in 2008. The trio was best known for their 2013 single, “Versace”.
Their success only increased in 2016 with the release of their hit single “Bad and Boujee”, which featured fellow record label Lil Uzi Vert.
The song quickly became an internet sensation, spawning numerous memes that played the lyrics “rain drop, drop higher.”
The song got an even bigger boost after “Atlanta” creator and star Donald Glover dropped the song during an acceptance speech at the 2017 Golden Globe Awards.
“I really want to thank Migos, not for being on the show, but for making Bad and Boujee,” Glover said at the time. “Such the best song ever.”
Takeoff and Quavo formed recently The duo “Unc & Phew” They released their debut album “Only Built for Infinity Links” on October 7.
The Music video for their song “Messy” Released on Monday.
during A recent conversation on the “Drink Champs” podcast a few days before his death, Takeoff received awards for his excellent performance in the new project.
“Time to pop, do you know what I mean? Time to give me my flowers, do you know what I mean?” said Tikov. “I don’t want them later when I’m not here.”
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