Migos throwback photo resurfaces of band before fame after take-off death

A throwback photo of Migos before their rise to fame has resurfaced following the tragic death of youngest member Takeoff.

The 28-year-old was fatally shot outside a bowling alley in Houston, Texas in the early hours of Tuesday morning after a night out with his uncle and fellow Migo, Quavo.

Takeoff – named after Kirsnick Khari Ball – died after a “stray bullet” hit him during an alleged argument outside the venue, according to his record company.

(L-R) Quavo, Migos Takeoff and Shift at Power 105.1’s Powerhouse Show on October 30, 2014 in New York City. Takeoff was fatally shot outside a bowling alley in Houston this week.
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Tributes poured in for the young rapper from around the world, with one fan unearthing a first photo of the trio, which included former member Offset.

In the throwback, the trap group misses his trademark tattoos, large sunglasses, and grilles, and even showed Offset sporting his short, natural hair.

It is unclear where or when the photo was taken but a billboard seen in the background for Beyoncé Life is anything but a dream documentary suggests it was in 2013.

Indie hip-hop artist, Mase Blanco, posted the photo on Twitter after Takeoff’s death, captioning the pic “young Migos.”

The trio began performing together in 2008 in their home state of Georgia under the name Polo Club, but it wasn’t until 2011 that they would appear as Migos.

Takeoff was in the band alongside his uncle Quavo—Quavious Keyate Marshall—and cousin Offset—Kiari Kendrell Cephus.

They had their first big hit in 2013 with their debut single “Versace,” but it wasn’t until Donald Glover’s name ticked them off in his 2017 Golden Globes speech that Migos became global superstars.

Glover was accepting the award for Best Comedy Series for his FX show Atlanta where he labeled the group “The Beatles of this generation”.

The actor had used their hit “Bad & Boujee” in the first season of Atlanta.

“I want to thank the Migos — not for being on the show, but for doing ‘Bad and Boujee,'” Glover said in his acceptance speech.

He later added backstage, “I think they’re the Beatles of this generation and they’re not very well respected, I think, outside of Atlanta.

“It’s not that they’re disrespected, but there’s a generation, kind of like the YouTube generation that I created. There’s a generation of kids growing up on something that’s completely separate of a whole group of people.

Houston police gave a press conference Tuesday night where they described the events leading up to Takeoff’s shooting. Houston PD Sergeant Michael Arrington revealed that two other people were shot and were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

“A large group of people had gathered outside the front door just outside the building, and that led to an argument where the shooting happened because of the disagreement,” Arrington said.

“A lot of people who were there fled the scene and didn’t stay to make a statement.”

He pleaded for information from the public to find those responsible.

Houston Police Chief Troy Finner added that he “wouldn’t expect [Takeoff] be involved” in the disagreement before the shooting, saying “we have no reason to believe he was involved in anything criminal at the time”.

Quavo was with Takeoff at the time of the incident and could be seen screaming in distress over the body of his deceased nephew in videos circulating on social media.

Migos appeared to go their separate ways in May when Offset and his wife, rapper Cardi B, unfollowed the other two band members on Instagram.

Offset is due to release his second solo studio album on Nov. 11, while Quavo and Offset just released the music video for their song “Messy” on Monday.

They released their first duet studio album called Designed for Infinity Links only October 7.

Migos released their latest album and final installment in their trilogy, Culture III, in June last year.


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