Listen to this article here
The Black Wall Street Times

Sign-Up for a free subscription to The Black Wall Street Timesdaily newsletter, Black Editors’ Edition (BEE) – our curated news selections & opinions by us for you.

Quavo has released a new song, “Without You,” in honor of his late nephew and fellow legendary Migos member, Takeoff.

YouTube video

“Without You” pays somber tribute to Takeoff who was shot and killed in Houston, Texas on November 1, 2022, at age 28. The lyrics speak to Quavo’s prolonged grief for his beloved partner in rhymes.

“Tears rollin’ down my eyes/ Can’t tell you how many times I cried/ Days ain’t the same without you/ Ion know if I’m the same without you,” Quavo sings.

The video, well-received by Migos fans, was a unifying dedication from a member of the group. However, other artists like Gucci Mane also paid respect to Takeoff and other hip hop artists slain by gun violence. Social media users showed their love for the song as well.

The Black and White music video shows a traumatized Quavo in a studio, sitting in a chair smoking as “Without You” plays in the background.

Quavo drops “Without You” in tribute to Takeoff

Any fan of Quavo knows his distinct voice, charisma, and rap cadence. However, his spirit remained stoic throughout the video. He smokes from a blunt, trying to numb the pain he’s felt since holding a dying Takeoff in his arms on the night of his murder.

The pair had been together when Takeoff was killed outside of a private party.

The suspect charged in his death posted bail this week and is now awaiting trial.

On November 11, State Farm Arena, home of the Atlanta Hawks, hosted a memorial service to celebrate Takeoff’s life and legacy.

A sign announces the memorial service for slain rapper Takeoff at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. He was a member of the hip-hop trio Migos. (AP Photo/Sudhin Thanawala)

Takeoff and Quavo had only recently formed the duo “Unc & Phew” and released their debut album, “Only Built for Infinity Links.”

Along with their longtime friend Offset, the two had been members of the platinum selling rap trio Migos and released their final studio album, “Culture III,” in 2021.

“Out of the galaxy, up in the stars, up in the universe, when I see you in heaven Imma be with my dog.” – Quavo

RIP Takeoff.

Hailing from Charlotte North Carolina, born litterateur Ezekiel J. Walker earned a B.A. in Psychology at Winston Salem State University. Walker later published his first creative nonfiction book and has...