Takeoff (rapper)

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Takeoff performing in August 2017
Kirsnick Khari Ball

(1994-06-18) June 18, 1994 (age 24)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
Years active2008–present
Musical career
  • Vocals
  • keyboards
Associated acts

Kirsnick Khari Ball (born June 18, 1994), known professionally as Takeoff, is an American rapper. He is best known as a member of the hip hop trio Migos along with uncle Quavo and cousin Offset.[1]

Early life[edit]

Takeoff was born Kirshnik Khari Ball in Lawrenceville, Georgia, which is in Gwinnett County, near Atlanta. He was raised by his mother, along with family members Quavo and Offset.[2][3][4]

Musical career[edit]

Migos (2008–present)[edit]

Along with fellow family members Quavo, Offset, and Manny, Takeoff began rapping in 2008. The group initially performed under the stage name Polo Club, but eventually changed their name to Migos. Manny would later leave the group.[5] The group released their first full length project, a mixtape titled Juug Season, on August 25, 2011. They followed with the mixtape No Label, on June 1, 2012.

Migos initially rose to prominence after the release of their single "Versace", in 2013. The song was remixed by Canadian rapper Drake and peaked at number 99 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 31 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Their debut studio album, Yung Rich Nation, was released in July 2015, and featured guest appearances from Chris Brown and Young Thug, and production from Zaytoven and Murda Beatz.[6] The album peaked at number 17 on the Billboard 200.

Migos achieved their first number one single in 2016 with "Bad and Boujee" featuring Lil Uzi Vert, peaking on the Billboard Hot 100 during the week of January 21, 2017. The song has gone on to be certified four times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). While he can be seen in one of the background scenes in the music video, Takeoff is not featured nor credited on the song. Takeoff himself has claimed that he was not featured on the song because he was busy at the time of recording. On June 24, 2017, during filming of Complex's Everyday Struggle at the BET Awards 2017, he was questioned about his absence by hosts Joe Budden and DJ Akademiks, to which he replied, "Do it look like I'm left off "Bad and Boujee"?".[7] Takeoff's response caused Budden to leave the set, and an altercation between Migos and Budden and their entourages almost took place before it was broken up by security.[citation needed]

Migos' second studio album, Culture, was released on January 27, 2017, debuting at number 1 on the US Billboard 200, moving 131,000 album-equivalent units, including 44,000 copies sold, during its first week of release. The album went on to achieve platinum certification in the country in July 2017.[8][9]

The group's second album, Culture II, was released on January 26, 2018.[10][11] It became Migos' second album to debut at number 1 on the Billboard 200, moving 199,000 equivalent units, including 38,000 copies sold, in its first week of release.[12]

Legal issues[edit]

2015: Georgia Southern University incident[edit]

On April 18, 2015, Migos were scheduled to headline Georgia Southern University's 2015 Spring concert at Hanner Fieldhouse. The show started at 7:00 pm with local opening acts; however, the group took the stage nearly an hour and a half later than their scheduled 9:00 pm set time. Although their performance contract stipulated a minimum 45 minute set length, the group performed for less than 30 minutes before leaving the stage. The University Police Department, the Statesboro Police Department and the Bulloch County Sheriff's Office, who were present at the concert as security detail, detected a strong scent of marijuana from the group's vans, and the drivers were questioned by law enforcement. Upon further investigation, the rap trio and 12 members of their entourage were arrested for possession of marijuana and another controlled substance, possession of firearms within a school safety zone, possession of firearms during the commission of a crime, and possession of firearms by convicted felons.[13][14]

While university officials had been aware of Migos' reputation, the group were allowed to perform as the student body had voted to have the group perform among seven acts that were up for consideration, and student fees and ticket sales were used to pay for the concert.[15] According to the performance contract, the group were to be paid $30,000 with their promoter Big House Collective receiving an additional $3,000. University officials initially sought to put Migos in breach of contract due to the group's late arrival, shortened performance, and possession of contraband on university property; however, the university ultimately paid half of the agreed upon fees.[16][17]

On April 20, 2015, Takeoff, Quavo, and six members of their entourage were released on bond by the Bulloch County District Attorney's Office while Offset and six others remained in custody without bond. As a result of their arrests, on April 28, 2015, Migos announced they would postpone their Yung Rich Nation Tour until July.[18]

2017: Atlanta flight incident[edit]

On July 7, 2017, Takeoff was asked to be taken off a flight from Atlanta to Des Moines, Iowa, after he reportedly refused to move his bag from the floor to an overhead storage bin prior to takeoff. [19]



  1. ^ "Takeoff Becomes Third Member of Migos to Earn a Solo Billboard Hot 100 Hit". Retrieved 3 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Interview: Migos". The FADER. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
  3. ^ "The Three A-Migos: Quavo, Takeoff & Offset". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 2017-10-11.
  4. ^ "Migos' Wild World: One Night in the Studio With 'Bad and Boujee' Trio". Rolling Stone.
  5. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6n3pFFPSlW4
  6. ^ Yung Rich Nation (CD liner notes). Migos. 300 Entertainment. 2015. 00583-4.
  7. ^ "Migos interview on "Everyday Struggle"". Retrieved June 24, 2017.
  8. ^ Caulfield, Keith (February 5, 2017). "Migos Earn First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Culture'". Billboard. Retrieved February 6, 2017.
  9. ^ Caulfield, Keith (July 4, 2017). "Kendrick Lamar's 'DAMN.' & Ed Sheeran's 'Shape of You' Lead Nielsen Music's Mid-Year 2017 Charts". Billboard. Retrieved July 4, 2017.
  10. ^ "Quavo Says Cardi B Will Be Featured On Culture II". The Fader. September 14, 2017. Retrieved October 24, 2017.
  11. ^ "Drake, Big Sean, Gucci Mane and More Featured on Migos' 'Culture II' Album". XXL. January 25, 2018. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
  12. ^ Caulfield, Keith (February 4, 2018). "Migos' 'Culture II' Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart". Billboard. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  13. ^ "Migos rap group members arrested at Hanner show". Statesboro Herald. Retrieved April 20, 2015.
  14. ^ Gorla, Lauren. "Migos arrested following delayed Spring Concert". The George-Anne. Retrieved April 22, 2015.
  15. ^ Saxon, Holli. "Two Migos rappers post bond; one held in jail". Statesboro Herald. Retrieved April 21, 2015.
  16. ^ Cannady, Dal. "Georgia Southern searches for way to break contract with Migos after arrest". WTOC. Retrieved January 26, 2016.
  17. ^ Saxon, Holli. "Migos rapper still in jail". Statesboro Herald. Retrieved May 2, 2015.
  18. ^ Spanos, Brittany (April 28, 2015). "Migos Postpone 'Yung Rich Nation' Tour After Arrests". Rolling Stone. Retrieved April 29, 2015.
  19. ^ Stedman, Alex (July 7, 2017). "Migos Kicked Off Delta Flight, Managers Claims Racial Profiling | Variety". Variety.com. Retrieved July 9, 2017.