Takeoff, born Kirsnick Khari Ball, was shot and killed earlier this month outside a Houston bowling alley.
His uncle Quavo and cousin Offset, who rose to fame with him in the Hip-Hop trio Migos, took the stage at his funeral in State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, amid a formidable array of prominent figures who paid tribute to Takeoff.
A video of Quavo’s eulogy has circulated on social media in which he recalled that since childhood, Takeoff had “been by my side, looking up at me with them eyes, same eyes you got as you got as my sister, waiting on me to make the next move, then you followed up right behind me. You always made sure I did it first so you could do it right with me.”
Quavo added, “You never competed with me. We was always on the same team, because you hated playing against me ‘cause I always played too hard or too rough. And I could hear Momma saying: ‘Not too rough, son,’ because I ain’t like to lose.”
He touchingly remembered that his and Takeoff’s “first dream” was not to venture into the music industry, but to become “tag-team partners in the WWE.”
Offset delivered an emotional speech at Takeoff‘s funeral service as well. He found himself reduced to tears as he gave a speech memorializing his cousin, whom he credited with having “changed the culture of music forever. You changed that flow. That flow came from Take, the originator. The originator of that flow. He changed the music.”
He continued, “Lord give us the strength, give us the strength, the family and everybody, give us the strength. I don’t want to question God, but I just don’t get it.”