American rapper Offset has paid tribute to his slain Migos partner, Takeoff, by getting a massive tattoo of him on his back.
Takeoff was killed at age 28 on November 1st last year, just outside a bowling alley in Houston, Texas. Reports had it that he was one of three people that were shot following a dispute over a game of dice, but he was not involved and was a mere bystander.
Offset has been embroiled in a battle with his record label over the rights to his solo work.
Read on for more details.
Offset Reveals Massive Tattoo Of Takeoff
Offset, 31, paid homage to Takeoff’s memory in a timeless way by getting a massive tattoo of him covering the entirety of his back.
He took to Instagram to share two photos of the giant tattoo from different angles of his former bandmate and captioned them, “Love you 4L & after 🚀.”
The first picture showed a shirtless Offset backing the camera as he flaunted the massive ink while his two large neck chains fell before him. The tattoo showed Takeoff from the chest up to his face with different gold chains, a halo around his head and shoulders, and a rocket and outer space surrounding him.
Offset also uploaded another photo of the massive tattoo on his Instagram story, where he was standing directly opposite the camera, offering a better view of the ink.
Before paying homage to Takeoff with the new tattoo, the rapper reportedly had 36 tattoos, including those of his wife, Cardi B, and daughter, Kulture. Offset has his wife’s name, Cardi B, inscribed on his neck, while his daughter’s name, Kulture, is etched across his left jawline.
Takeoff Was Killed In November
Takeoff was shot dead outside a downtown bowling alley in Houston in November last year, as confirmed by Houston’s Police Chief Troy Finner at the time.
“This morning at 2:34 a.m., officers received a call of a shooting in progress. Officers arrived shortly after — a downtown location, Billiards & Bowling Alley. They came upon a deceased male. That male has been identified as Kirsnick Ball, better known as Takeoff. He’s a member of the Migos rap group, out of Atlanta,” Finner shared, per People.
He added, “I got many calls from Houston and outside of Houston. And everyone spoke of what a great young man this is, how peaceful he is. What a great artist.”
Two Arrests Have Been Made
Two suspects connected to the former Migos member’s death have already been made since his killing in November.
One Cameron Joshua, 22, was detained on November 22nd and charged with unlawful carrying of a weapon, and in December, Patrick Xavier Clark, 33, was arrested and charged with murder.
A couple of weeks after Takeoff’s death, Offset took to social media to share his grief and pay homage to him.
“Dear Take doesn’t feel real posting you like this….,” he wrote in the caption. “This still doesn’t feel like reality. I’ve been searching for the right words to say, but none will suffice. Until we meet again, Rest In Power. I love you.”
He continued, “The pain you have left me with is unbearable. My heart is shattered, and I have many things to say, but I can’t find the words. I’ve been going to sleep and hoping that this is a dream, but it’s reality, and reality feels like a nightmare.”
He concluded the lengthy post by asking for strength for himself and Takeoff’s family before adding, “I love you forever, 4L and after.”
Offset In A Legal Battle With Quality Control
According to TMZ, the rapper has been embroiled in a legal battle with his record label, Quality Control, over the rights to his solo recordings.
The relationship between both parties began in 2013 when Offset agreed to produce solo records for the label but began to get sour in 2015 when the record label allegedly entered another deal with Capitol Records.
The resultant effect of that partnership meant Quality Control owned 100% of Offset’s future solo records between 2018 and 2023, but the rapper alleged that he and QC hammered out a new deal in 2021 where he regained the rights to his solo works.
Quality control will not recede the rights to Offset as they claim they still own the rights due to the deal with Capitol Records, but Offset finds it ludicrous.