Migos’ Quavo Posts Heartbreaking Tribute Song to Takeoff, ‘Without You’
Quavo posted a touching tribute song Wednesday night to his nephew and Migos bandmate Takeoff, who was shot and killed in Houston on Nov. 1.
Titled “Without You,” the song is a heartfelt and heartbreaking memoir that features a video of Quavo sitting sadly, smoking, looking down and gently rocking in a chair as the song plays.
“Tears roll from my eyes
I can’t tell you how many times I cried
Days are not 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. Then it goes into the chorus:
“I wish I had a time machine
Just so you can take a ride with me
I miss how you smile at me
Unc & Phew ad infinitum.”
The first two lines of that chorus end the song, but with the last lines:
“But I know it doesn’t work that way
We’ll see each other again one day.”
The song fades out with Quavo singing “Sooo… I’m sorry.”
While the song was posted on Quavo’s social media Wednesday with the short message “Long Live Take Infinity,” he posted a much longer tribute a few weeks after Takeoff’s death (see below).
Leave (real name: Kirsnik Khari Ball) was shot and killed in the early hours of November 1 at a bowling alley in downtown Houston, where he and Quavo were at a party of about 40 to 50 people where a dice game The two weren’t involved in the game or an altercation that followed — according to Houston police, the standoff was an “innocent bystander.”
“I can tell you that Takeoff was not involved in the dice game, he was not involved in the argument that happened outside, he was not armed. He was an innocent bystander,” Sgt. Michael Burrow said at a Dec. 2 news conference announcing the arrest of a shooting suspect, Patrick Xavier Clark, on a charge of murder. “The incident was a private party, there was a winning dice game that went on at the event, there was an argument that happened afterward outside the bowling alley that led to the shooting,” he said.
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said at the press conference, “I will say that a lot of young people — and I’m going to be more specific and say a lot of young black people — are killing other young people. This has to 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 was attended by 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 emotional speeches to the crowd of 21,000.