Rapper Takeoff has been shot dead outside a club in Houston, reportedly over a game of dice.
Takeoff, 28, who is best known as a member of the hip hop trio Migos, was shot while a group gathered outside a bowling alley called 810 Billiards & Bowling Houston at 2.30am this morning.
A picture from the scene reportedly shows Takeoff lying dead on the floor with a puddle of blood next to his head, hours after he posted an Instagram story of him wearing the same outfit whilst smoking.
Takeoff had joined his uncle and fellow Migos rapper Quavo for a game of dice before the shooting, witnesses and law enforcement sources told TMZ.
A fight broke out during the dice game and a person opened fire, shooting Takeoff in the process.
Video from the scene shows Takeoff lying dead on the floor, while Quavo – wearing an orange top – rushes to his side and yells for someone to help.
Takeoff and his uncle Quavo and cousin Offset, who is married to Cardi B, founded their group Migos in 2008.
A picture from the scene reportedly shows Takeoff lying dead on the floor (right), hours after he posted an Instagram story of him smoking (left)
Video from the scene shows Takeoff lying dead on the floor, while Quavo – wearing an orange top – rushes to his side and yells for someone to help
Rapper Takeoff of Migos performs at Rolling Loud festival at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 29, 2019 in Oakland, California
Houston Police did not name the rapper as the victim in the shooting, but they did confirm one person had died in a shooting at 1200 Polk in downtown Houston.
Police said that the victim had been found dead on arrival.
Sources told TMZ that two other people were shot and they were taken to the shooting – it is unclear what their conditions are.
Four hours before the shooting, Takeoff posted a picture of himself smoking at the bowling alley. Quavo had also posted an Instagram story of himself driving around Houston with Jas Prince, who was celebrating his birthday.
Earlier this month, Takeoff and Quavo joined forces in their debut as a duo with their album ‘Only Built for Infinity Links.
While there have been whisperings of the Atlanta rap trio Migos splitting up for good, there has been no official announcement of their disbandment.
Quavo had also posted an Instagram story of himself driving around Houston with Jas Prince, who was celebrating his birthday
Cardi B and her husband Offset, from Migos, in Los Angeles in 2021
Instead, Takeoff and Quavo released ‘Only Built for Infinity Links,’ without the third Migos member, Offset.
While all three artists have previously released albums as solo artists during their time together, some fans are convinced that there is friction among the hitmakers.
The group’s 2018 Migos album Culture II debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 albums chart.
This marked their second US number-one album following Culture, which featured their smash hit Bad And Boujee.
The family connection is strong within Migos, as Quavo and Offset are cousins, while Takeoff is Quavo’s nephew.
The group released their first mixtape, Juug season, in 2011, and a second one called No Label in 2012.
In 2013, Migos had their first hit, Versace. While the single peaked at number 99 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart, it gained a new lease on life when Drake remixed the song and added a verse of his own, even going so far as performing it at the iHeartRadio Music Festival that year.
In June of that year, Migos released their Y.R.N mixtape, which featured Versace. The following year, the group released a sequel to their No Label mixtape called No Label II.
The mixtape was a huge hit and has been downloaded nearly one million times and certified double platinum by DatPiff.
The group, which has earned two Grammy nominations, released its first album, Yung Rich Nation in June 2015, which peaked at Number 3 on Billboard’s Top Rap Albums chart.