In the early morning on November 1, 2022, the Hip Hop community lost rapper Takeoff to a stray bullet. Takeoff was most known for being 1/3 of the rap group Migos, and 1/2 of the duo Unc and Phew. Takeoff, 28, was the youngest member of both groups and the one who started Migos.The group formed over 14 years ago. Their rise to fame began in 2012 when their song Bando became an internet hit. The Migos have been hit makers since the success of Bando off their debut album YRN. Their success peaked with their 2017 album Culture, featuring popular songs like Bad and Boujee (feat. Lil Uzi Vert), Slippery (feat. Gucci Mane), and T-Shirt. In T-Shirt, one of Takeoff’s best performances, the “Quiet Migo,” delivers a great verse and iconic hook that features his famous ad-lib, Mama. T-Shirt peaked at number 25 on the billboard 100 chart, and is one of the best and most famous Migos songs. Without Takeoff, Culture wouldn’t be the iconic album that is.
Nearly two years after the success of Culture, Takeoff released his debut album, “The Last Rocket,” in November of 2018. “The Last Rocket” featured songs “Last Memory” and “Casper,” both considered some of Takeoff’s best songs. Takeoff performance on “The Last Rocket” sparked debate in the rap community over who is the best Migo, and some even dubbed “The Last Rocket” as the best solo project of the trio. In my opinion, Takeoff had the best album and proved to doubters that he’s not just the “Quiet Migo,” but the best Migo.