Flood of tributes for Takeoff, Migos rapper who was killed in Houston at the age of 28

Tributes have continued to pour in for Takeoff, who was the youngest member of the group Migos after he was shot dead at the age of 28.

Hip-hop stars and fans have paid tribute to the musician, real name Kirshnik Khari Ball, who was killed in Houston on Tuesday.

Acoording to a BBC report, Gucci Mane, Kid Cudi, Khalid and Dave posted tributes on social media, while Rick Ross called him a “young legend”.

Fellow Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane wrote: “This broke my heart. Rest In Peace.”

“Forever a legend, I can’t believe this,” wrote Lil Pump on Instagram; while Ja Rule posted an emoji of a dove and sent “love to friends and family”.

Brit Award-winning rapper Dave shared a series of photos of himself and Takeoff on Instagram, alongside the words: “My brother… days we spent together were priceless.”

Fellow British rapper AJ Tracey said on Twitter: “Not Takeoff! RIP”; while Atlanta singer Keri Hilson wrote: “Rest In Peace. Healing love to your brothers, family, & friends. #gonetoosoon.”

Reality star Khloe Kardashian said on Twitter: “This is so sad. Wow! over what?? May God cover everyone who is in pain. These senseless acts have got to end. So so sad.”

Music executive Cole Bennett tweeted that “nothing makes sense anymore. Nothing at all”; and Juice Wayne posted a verse about Takeoff, saying “it will never make sense”.

“Takeoff [was] probably the most unproblematic rapper,” added actress Masika Kalysha. “He don’t bother nobody and stay out the way.”

Migos – made up of Takeoff, Offset and Quavo – grew up together in Lawrenceville, Georgia, and came to represent the state’s capital, Atlanta, arguably the spiritual home of trap music.

Takeoff said music had offered the band, who were all related, an escape route from poverty.

“Growing up, I was trying to make it in music. I was grinding, which is just what I loved doing. I didn’t have nothing else to do,” he told The Fader.

“In my spare time, I’d record myself. Find a beat… just making something and creating for me. I’d wait for Quavo to get back from football practice and I’d play my songs for him.”

Originally called Polo Club, the band made their debut as Migos in 2010, and scored their first hit with Versace, which received a remix from Drake, in 2013.

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