Delivering an emotional tribute titled “Deer Take,” the Grammy-nominated artist opened by reminiscing about the times they shared together.
Atlanta – Quavo Took to Instagram on Saturday morning. to break his social media silence on the death of his nephew and fellow Migos bandmate Take Off, a day after his memorial service at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena.
In an emotional and heartfelt letter titled “Dear Take,” the Grammy-nominated artist began by reminiscing about the days when the two were kids, when they dreamed of becoming partners and pro wrestlers in the WWE. He told how he had always been with him since he was little.
“Sweetie, it’s so hard to say that mom misses you because you’re always by my side and we’ve done everything together,” she began. “Ever since we were kids you’ve been looking at me, your eyes waiting for me to make my next move..then you followed behind me.”
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He described Takeoff’s true passion for music and the fact that it was his “dream to be a rapper” because Quavo didn’t know what he wanted to do.
Quavo described his nephew’s selflessness and that it was Takeoff that truly completed “Triple Flow” and after that, “the rest was history.”
“He never cared about the title, the credit, or what made the man shine the most, that wasn’t him,” Quavo said. “He didn’t care about any of it until we got him back to the family!”
The grieving rapper tried to make sense of Takeoff’s death, saying that despite being his nephew, he always wondered what he really meant to him. Now, he said, he finally understood: “You are our angel.”
You can read the full letter to Quavo taking off on his Instagram page below.
On Friday, hundreds of fans lined up early at State Farm Arena despite rainy weather for the last rites of takeoff in Atlanta. Big-name artists from across the music industry showed up to pay tribute, as the memorial featured a performance by Justin Bieber in addition to Atlanta’s own Chloe Bailey performing with Yolonda Adams. Drake was also in attendance to observe and remember.
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The organizers did not release a program before the event and did not allow the media inside. Several fans who left the event confirmed Bieber and Drake’s presence and said Offset and Quavo also spoke during their relative’s memorial.
Takeoff’s mother, his record label, Drake, and of course the other two members of Migos shared heartfelt memories, an attendee said. Others who were a part of his personal life and career also paid their last respects.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Rocket Foundation, an organization recently created with the goal of creating community-based solutions to gun violence.