This is heartbreaking news that surely rocked the music and hip hop world yesterday. US rapper Takeoff, has passed away, aged at just 28. His death signifies a catastrophic loss for the music industry as he influenced trap, hip hop and our culture.

Authorities claimed he was fatally shot and died outside a Houston bowling alley overnight. It was confirmed on Tuesday (1st Nov) as Houston Police Department announced the rapper’s death. Of course, tributes poured in from social media.

Dave and Takeoff

“Forever a legend, I can’t believe this,” Lil Pump commented on Instagram, while Ja Rule tweeted “love to friends and family.” Dave, a Brit Award-winning rapper, posted a sequence of images of himself and Takeoff on Instagram with the caption, “My brother… days we spent together were priceless.”

On Twitter, AJ Tracey stated: “”Rest In Peace, Not Takeoff!” commented Atlanta singer Keri Hilson. Love and healing to your brothers, family, and friends. #gonetoosoon.”

Courtesy of Theo Warner – Takeoff in centre

Takeoff was known for being apart hip hop trio Migos – who were one of the most important acts of their time before they eventually split. The “Migos flow” was pioneereed a style of rapping in choppy, staccato triplets. The band, who announced their breakup earlier this year, had multiple international singles, including Bad and Boujee, Versace, and Walk It Talk It. Takeoff, Offset, and Quavo all grew up in Lawrenceville, Georgia, and came to symbolise the state’s capital, Atlanta, which is undoubtedly the spiritual home of trap music.

RIP Takeoff. Gone but never forgotten.