The world of rap was shaken in November by the tragic death of Takeoff, one-third of the beloved rap trio Migos, who was murdered during a dice game in Houston. Tributes poured in from musicians who knew and were influenced by Takeoff's music, and his Migos bandmates Quavo and Offset remembered him in heartfelt open letters. Today (January 5), Quavo returns with a new song eulogizing his nephew called "Without You." It's a raw transmission of the memories, regrets, and hopes that have been swarming through Quavo's mind since Takeoff's passing. Watch above on YouTube.
A week after Takeoff's death, a "Celebration of Life" was held in his hometown of Atlanta, attended by friends and collaborators like Justin Bieber and Drake. In December, Houston Police arrested 33-year-old Patrick Xavier Clarke in the killing and charged him with first-degree murder. A second suspect, Cameron Joshua, was arrested in November and charged with unlawful possession of a weapon. Police maintain that Takeoff was "an innocent bystander" unconnected to the argument that led to the shooting outside of a private party.