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Fans honored Takeoff’s life at State Farm Arena in Atlanta – Annenberg Media

More than 20,000 fans gathered on Friday to celebrate the life of rapper Kirsnick Khari Ball, professionally known as Takeoff. The artist, famous for his contributions to the popular band Migos, was shot and killed outside a Houston bowling alley on Nov. 1 at the age of 28.

“I was really sad to hear the news,” said Reverend Jesse Curney III of the New Mercies Christian Church, who officiated the service and delivered the eulogy. in a statement to TMZ. “Kirsnick has been a loyal member since he was ten years old. He and his family were active and passionate supporters of the church and the community as a whole.

There is little public information about the details of what led to Takeoff’s death, but Houston police say two shooters opened fire at a private event, injuring two other people. Authorities continue to investigate the case, but no arrests have been made.

Houston Police Chief Troy Finner said Takeoff was ‘well respected’ and there was ‘no reason to believe he was involved in anything criminal at the time’ . This widespread respect for the rapper is what makes his death so upsetting for fansespecially the Atlantans.

“Takeoff was one of the most influential names in modern music whose creativity left a profound impact on music and culture as we know it today,” read a press release from Quality Control. Music and Motown Records. In lieu of flowers or gifts, her family requested that donations be made for The Rocket Foundationwhich was established in honor of Takeoff’s death and supports community programs dedicated to gun violence prevention.

Takeoff was one-third of the Grammy-nominated band Migos along with his uncle, Quavo, and brother, Offset. The trio hailed from Lawrenceville, a suburb of Atlanta in Gwinnett County. “Gwinnett” gets many names in their songs, illustrating the band’s pride in their roots. Their success thus proves the professionalism of the Atlanta rap scene, a sphere that has not always been respected in the larger hip-hop landscape.

Author Joe Coscarelli looks back at the progression of Atlanta’s entertainment ecosystem from its rocky beginnings to its deserved place in the spotlight in his book “Rap Capital: An Atlanta Story.” He laments that Southern rappers have been viewed as artists, writing that they’ve been called “ignorant and unapproachable, too simplistic or vulgar or just too country, in keeping with broader prejudices against people — and in especially blacks – from below the Mason-Dixon line.

“Artists from Atlanta and its neighboring states continued to innovate, lyrically and sonically, breathing new life into the genre – often using those derided Auto-Tuned melodies, Southern-specific language and, yes, dances , even as ‘mumble rap’ has become a 21st century pejorative for an outrageous new style of Atlanta hip-hop,” he continued.

Takeoff’s death weighs so heavily on the hearts of Atlanta fans because he was the glue of a band that brought national attention to the musical ingenuity of an area that was previously deemed technically inept.

Maurice Hobson, assistant professor of African studies at Georgia State University in downtown Atlanta, underline how the group made the city a historical landmark of black popular culture.

“The rise of Migos is a continuation of the soul and funk sound that came out of the 70s, moving from disco to soul and funk, and then the rise of that kind of music that came out of the late 80s and early 1970s. 90s that establishes the rise of the Dirty South that really promotes Outkast, Goodie Mob, Organized Noize, The Dungeon Family,” Hobson said. “Then you get into the snap and the trap. Migos represents it as that kind of new vignette of Atlanta’s black popular culture.

This increase can largely be attributed to Takeoff’s technical prowess.

In an interview with The Guardian, DJ Ray G reflected about how Takeoff was known for being “the silent one” who focused more on perfecting his craft than enjoying the attention. On the nights Quavo and Offset were at nightclubs promoting their music and networking, they would come home to find Takeoff learning about the music production of rap’s biggest names, like Tupac and Biggie, on YouTube.

“This kid is 16, studying his craft — like, ‘I’m not going out with you tonight. I’m going to stay here and listen to Big, Pac, Eminem,'” he said.

The trio’s public debut came in 2013 when their single “Versace” went viral for its gooey beat. Their recognition has been constant ever since for their iconic contributions such as “Fight Night” and their trilogy of albums “Culture”, “Culture II” and “Culture III”. After introducing the group on the third episode of his hit show “Atlanta,” multi-hyphenated creator Donald Glover gave a shoutout to the group’s single “Bad and Boujee” during his Golden Globes acceptance speech.

“I think these are the Beatles of this generation” he said backstage. “They don’t have much respect outside of Atlanta.”

Almost eight years later, that couldn’t be less true. The rap trio known for their hard-hitting flow and iconic ad-libs have taken the hip-hop world by storm.

“Migos literally shaped and changed the sound of hip-hop music,” said Lore’l, host of the nationally broadcast radio show “The Morning Hustle” on Atlanta’s Hot 107.9, in an interview with 11 Alive.

“They’re Atlanta, they represent Atlanta,” Lore’l said. “They helped the schools, they helped the children. They have done so many positive things. They helped other artists, other budding artists in the city, in the city of Atlanta. And they definitely made their mark in Atlanta and made sure to always give back. And Takeoff was always a big part of that, and they never left where they came from.

Takeoff’s death has caused immense grief, even beyond the confines of hip-hop circles.

Stacey Abrams expressed how this tragedy was a loss for the state of Georgia. “This is heartbreaking news and a tragic loss for GA and the music industry. Born and raised in Gwinnett County, Kirshnik Khari Ball has influenced hip-hop and our culture beyond measure,” tweeted author and gubernatorial candidate. “My condolences go out to Takeoff’s family, friends and everyone who has been inspired by his talent.”

Activist and Founder of Zero campaign Brittney Packnet Cunningham tweeted“RIP takeoff. So undoubtedly influential in the new school of rap. But more importantly, a whole human being who deserved way more life and not this irresponsible, despicable act. My God.”

The Atlanta Hawks highlighted the loss of such a central figure in the city who was often spotted on the field in games alongside Quavo and Offset.

“We are heartbroken by the passing of Takeoff, an avid Hawks fan and pillar of Atlanta culture,” tweeted the franchise who lives at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta.

Journalist Jemelle Hill has opened up about the major losses in hip-hop that befell her in her youth. “I was in college when Biggie and ‘Pac were killed and I thought there was no way we were going through anything close to that again.” she tweeted. “Now it happens so frequently that you barely have time to recover before someone else [is] kill. RIP takeoff.

Other hip-hop artists sharing their grief on social media were Teyana Taylor, Kid Cudi and Keke Palmer.

At Friday’s service, Quavo and Offset shared moving speeches about their parent and bandmate to a packed room of Georgians. Free tickets have been released ticket master at 2 p.m. Tuesday and were sold out less than four hours later. Although attendees were asked to adhere to a no-photo, no-video policy, short videos circulated of speeches and performances, including that of Drake, Chloe Bailey, Yolanda Adams and Byron Cage. In closing, Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens presented Takeoff’s family with the Phoenix Award, the city’s highest honor.