Takeoff is an American rap artist, lyricist, and musician. They call him the king of trap. He gained worldwide popularity as a member of the top group Migos. The trio sounds cool together, but this does not prevent rappers from creating solo as well.
Kershnik Kari Ball: childhood and adolescence
The rapper's date of birth is June 18, 1994. He was born in Lawrenceville, Georgia. The artist prefers not to advertise information about childhood.
At school, Kershnik was more interested in music and illegal drugs than in studies. And he was absolutely not against running around with a basketball in the yard.
The future trap star was brought up by her mother, along with Quavo and Offset (members of Migos). The mood in Kari Ball's Kershnik house has always been creative. The guys wiped out the “veterans” of hip-hop to holes, and soon they themselves began to make copyright content.
Takeoff Creative Path
Quavo, Offset and Teikoff took up creative work in 2008. The first works of rappers came out under the pseudonym Polo Club. Soon the name of the group acquired brighter shades. This is how the Migos group appeared.
In 2011, the trio presented a cool "thing" - a mixtape Juug Season. A year later, the band's discography was replenished with the No Label collection, which was rather warmly received by the rap party. At the same time, the rappers signed a contract with 300 Entertainment.
Migos gained considerable respect after the release of Versace in 2013. To some extent, the guys owe their popularity to Drake, who made a cool remix for the above song. The song peaked at number 99 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 31 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
It was necessary to use the moment - and the guys "dropped" the Yung Rich Nation LP in 2015. Already on this album, music lovers can hear the signature sound of Migos. The LP peaked at number 17 on the Billboard 200 and was generally well received by the public.
In 2015, the band decided to leave the label. Rappers, who in just a few years gained significant weight in society, became the founders of their own label. The brainchild of the artists was called Quality Control Music. A year later, they signed a contract with GOOD Music. In the same year, the band, along with Rich the Kid, released the mixtape Streets On Lock 4.
A couple of years later, the guys released a single that stayed at the first position for more than a week. We are talking about Bad and Boujee (featuring Lil Uzi Vert). By the way, the track was certified platinum several times by the RIAA.
In the same year, the artists promised to please with the release of the second studio album. At the beginning of 2017, the rappers presented Culture. The record debuted on the 1st line of the American Billboard 200 chart. From a commercial point of view, the LP was successful. The album went platinum. A year later, the guys released Culture II. This is the second album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200.
Takeoff solo work
Starting in 2018, each of the members of the group began to create outside the main brainchild. Takeoff also planned to release his debut solo album. For fans, he was preparing the disc The Last Rocket.
The Last Rocket debuted at number 4 on the US Billboard 200. Almost 50000 copies were sold in the first week. Two tracks from the album charted on the Billboard Hot 100.
After the release of the rapper's debut LP in 2018, fans began to vehemently discuss that Quavo and Offset were missing from the guest verses. Many started talking about the fact that the trio is breaking up. None of the group members confirmed the “fans” guesses.
The rappers got in touch and said that solo records are not an indicator of the breakup of the group. In 2020, the band members revealed that they would no longer record "separately". Rappers focused their efforts on the recording of Culture III.
Takeoff: personal life
The rapper does not advertise his personal life. Journalists in rare cases manage to fix the rapper in the arms of charming beauties. But, most likely, the artist does not connect anything serious with the girls.
Takeoff has always been famous for his antics. So, in 2015 the band was supposed to give a concert at the Hanner Fieldhouse arena. Not only did the guys, led by Takeoff, show up a full 2 hours late, they smelled strongly of marijuana. After further investigation, the rap trio and 12 members of their entourage were arrested for illegal possession of weed and firearms.
A couple of years later, Teikoff was asked to leave a flight from Atlanta to Des Moines. He refused to remove his bag from the floor to a special storage. But, a really serious story happened to the rapper in 2020.
The fact is that the famous rapper from the Migos group was accused of rape. The victim told about the unpleasant incident on June 23. According to the girl, the rapper raped her at a private party in Los Angeles. She chose to remain incognito.
The woman said that at a closed party, the rapper gave her signs of attention in every possible way and offered to try illegal drugs. She refused him, and soon ceased to maintain a dialogue at all, heading to the bedroom alone. The rapper followed her, then closed the door and committed an act of violence. The star's lawyer refuted the woman's speculation, saying that the victim in this case is his ward, since the girl "slandered" the rapper in order to get a large amount of money.
As of April 2, 2021, it was reported that the Los Angeles District Attorney's Office would not be bringing criminal charges against the rapper. As it turned out, there is not enough evidence for the court to consider the case and pass a verdict. Litigation as of 2022 is ongoing.
Takeoff: our days
In 2021, the rapper took part in the recording of the single Straightenin by the Migos group. A video was also filmed for the song. In the video, the rappers once again demonstrated expensive sports cars and a lot of money.
In the same year, Migos pleased with the release of the LP Culture III. The triquel turned out to be noticeably shorter than the monstrous second part. A week later, the premiere of the deluxe version of the collection took place.
May 2022 was marked by something really interesting. Quavo and Takeoff (without Offset) released a video for Hotel Lobby. The release of the video again launched a rumor about the collapse of Migos and the birth of a new team Unc & Phew.
It is difficult to say what is happening with the Migos group at this stage. Offset and his wife unfollowed Quavo and Takeoff, which gives grounds for reasoning that the team is going through hard times.
On June 8, 2022, it was revealed that the Migos would not perform at the Governors Ball. The announcement of the cancellation of the performance came at a time when rumors about the breakup of the group were in full swing.
Trio from Atlanta at the fest will replace Lil Wayne. Fans follow the team, sincerely hoping that it will not fall apart. There are those who believe that this "movement" is nothing more than a PR move.
Takeoff's life was cut short at the peak of his popularity. As a result of a gunshot wound, the rapper died before the ambulance arrived. Death overtook the rapper at a private party. He received bullets in the head and torso. The date of death of the American artist is November 1, 2022.
On the night of October 31 to November 1, 2022 Quavo, Takeoff, and friends attended James Prince's birthday party. Quavo became addicted to gambling. As a result of the dice game, the rapper lost a large amount of money. The loss greatly offended the artist. He began to behave incorrectly towards the guests of the party.
The verbal conflict soon escalated into a "killer" party. Major players took out their guns to punish the offender. Quavo managed with a slight fright, because the bullets went to his Migos bandmate Takeoff.
After the ridiculous death, fans speculated that the situation was deliberately instigated by Jay Prinze Jr, son of James Prinze. Investigators dismissed the version.
At the end of November of the same year, police detained Joshua Cameron (part of Mob Ties Records, led by Jay Prince Jr.) in Houston. However, later, due to lack of evidence, the guy was released. On December 2, Patrick Xavier Clark was detained. Today, it is he who is considered the main suspect in the death of the rapper.
After a tragic death, the Migos collective ceased to exist. On February 22, 2023, Quavo shared the music video for the track "Greatness". With work, the rapper put an end to the existence of a rap team.