The late Kirshnik Khari Ball, born June 18, 1994, was the youngest member of the rap group Migos. He started the group with family members to escape the ghetto life. In 2013, the group released a breakthrough single ‘Versace’ that hit the Billboard 200. It was followed by two albums debuting at number one on the Billboard 200. We’ll help you celebrate his special day right here.
Kirshnik Khari Ball, better known by his stage name, Takeoff, was born in Lawrenceville, Georgia, to Latabia Woodward, who works as a hairstylist. Takeoff’s father left the family when he was still young, so he was raised by his mother alongside fellow Migos rappers, Quavo and Offset. While growing up, Takeoff was always drawn to music. When he was in the seventh grade, he started developing beats and rhythms for fun. Soon, he began performing in musical gatherings and at random school events. In 2009, he was approached by his uncle and cousin, who were impressed by his talent. They formed a hip-hop trio called Polo Club.
The group made stage appearances in Georgia and created mediocre music. However, a few years of practice mellowed their music, and in 2011, Polo Club released their first mixtape, “Juug Season.” A few months later, they released a second mixtape and changed their group name to Migos. In 2013, Migos released their breakthrough single ‘Versace.’ The song hit number 11 on the Top Heatseekers chart, number 23 on the Hot Rap Songs chart, number 31 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, and number 99 on the Billboard Hot 100. A few months later, the group released another mixtape, “Y.R.N.,” in the wake of their popularity and featured ‘Versace’ as the lead single. This album catapulted Takeoff and his group to success and allowed them to perform on premiere platforms, including Hot 109.7 radio stations.
However, the band got an actual break with ‘Bad and Boujee,’ featuring Lil Uzi Vert. The song hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 in January 2017 and was certified four times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (R.I.A.A.). A week later, the band released “Culture,” which hit number one on the Billboard 200, sold over 40,000 in its first week, and was certified platinum by July 2017. A year later, “Culture II” debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and sold 38,000 copies in its first week.
The rapper unfortunately passed away due to a shooting on November 1, 2022.
Along with family members Quavo and Offset, Takeoff starts a trio group called Polo Club.
Takeoff and his group release a hit single, ‘Versace,’ which puts them in the spotlight and presents new opportunities.
His band drops their second studio album, debuting at number one on the Billboard 200.
The group releases “Culture II,” debuting at number one on the Billboard 200, and sells more than 38,000 copies in the first week of release.
Why We Love Takeoff
He was talented
Takeoff was a wordsmith. He gave Migos’ songs a great rhythm.
He was mysterious
Takeoff kept it lowkey. He did a great job of minding his own business — while stringing us along.
He didn't talk much
Takeoff only spoke when necessary. But when he did, his words were gold. Just look at his songs.
5 Surprising Facts
He was religious
Takeoff was Christian.
His dreads were natural
The singer had been growing his dreads for more than six years.
His mother was his hairstylist
Takeoff’s mother works as a hairstylist and helps to maintain his dreadlocks.
He didn't like to talk in public
The wordsmith rarely spoke in public and didn't like to give interviews, saying that he doesn’t get paid for it.
He was related to his band members
The Migos group was started by three closely related members of the same family.
Who is Takeoff dating?
Takeoff wasn’t dating anyone before his untimely passing.
How is Takeoff related to the other Migos members?
Quavo and Offset were his cousins, and Quavo was Takeoff’s uncle.
Who is Takeoff’s dad?
His identity is unknown because he left when Takeoff was still young.
Takeoff’s birthday dates