Quavo released a touching tribute song Wednesday night to his nephew and Migos bandmate Takeoff, who was fatally shot in Houston on Nov. 1.
Titled “Without You,” the song is a heartbreaking and heartbreaking reminiscence that features video of Quavo sitting sadly, smoking a blunt, looking down, and gently rocking in a chair as the song plays.
“Tears are flowing from my eyes
I can’t tell you how many times I cried
Days aren’t the same without you
I don’t know if I’m the same without you.
The song continues in a heartbroken yet warm and loving tone, with Quavo reminiscing about various highs and lows in their lives and careers. He then goes on to the chorus:
“I wish I had a time machine
Just so you can take a ride with me
I miss the way you smile at me
Unc & Phew until infinity.
The first two lines of this chorus conclude the song, but with the last lines:
“But I know it doesn’t work that way
I will see you again one day.
The song fades out with Quavo singing “Taaaaake… I’m sorry.”
While the song was posted to Quavo’s social media on Wednesday with the brief message “Long Live Take Infinity,” he posted a much longer reminiscence a few weeks after Takeoff’s death (see below).
Takeoff (real name: Kirsnik Khari Ball) was fatally shot in the early hours of Nov. 1 at a bowling alley in downtown Houston where he and Quavo were at a party with about 40-50 people where a game of dice was taking place . The two were not involved in the game or in an argument that took place afterwards — Takeoff was an “innocent bystander,” according to Houston police.
“I can tell you that Takeoff was not involved in the dice game, he was not involved in the argument that took place outside, he was unarmed. He was an innocent bystander “, Sgt. Michael Burrow said at a Dec. 2 press conference in which the arrest of a suspect in the shooting, Patrick Xavier Clark, for murder was announced. “The event was a private party, there was a lucrative dice game that took place at the event, there was an argument that happened afterwards in front of the bowling alley which led to the shooting,” a- he declared.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said at the press conference, “I will say too many young men – and I’ll be more specific and say too many young men of color – are killing other young men. This must stop.
On November 11, 10 days after his murder, Takeoff was remembered at a “celebration of life” at State Farm Arena in his hometown of Atlanta. The event brought together friends, fans, family members and music industry peers. Fellow artists Drake and Justin Bieber were part of the service, with Migos members Quavious “Quavo” Marshall and Kiari “Offset” Cephus delivering moving speeches to the crowd of 21,000.