'Time to give me my flowers': Rapper Takeoff made chilling statement just one week before he was shot dead
'I got chills hearing Take Off say he want his flowers now not when he's gone. The entire world is hurting. RIP Take Off,' said one user
HOUSTON, TEXAS: Rapper Takeoff from Migos spoke about wanting his "flowers" while he was still "here" just one week before being fatally shot. Takeoff spoke candidly about wanting to be recognized for his talent while he was still alive while appearing with Quavo on the 'Drink Champs' podcast to promote their new endeavors. Migos was founded in 2008 by Quavo, 31, and Takeoff, who was Quavo's cousin. Takeoff during the interview could be heard saying, "Time to give me my flowers. I don’t want them when I ain’t here."
The 28-year-old, a beloved member of the hip-hop trio was fatally shot "over a game of dice" in front of his uncle and bandmate, Quavo, outside a bowling alley in Houston, Texas on Tuesday, November 1. At around 2.30 am, a group was reported to have assembled near 810 Billiards & Bowling Houston. The Houston Police team that arrived on the scene stated one person was found dead at 1200 Polk St Downtown but did not reveal the identification. Officials confirmed that two more individuals were shot at and sent to a nearby hospital. Disturbing video footage obtained by TMZ showed Takeoff's blood-soaked body lying on the floor as Quavo rushed to his side. Takeoff had posted a video a few hours ago on Instagram wearing the same attire, Daily Mail reported.
Kirshnik Khari Ball, known professionally as Takeoff appeared on the 'Drink Champs' podcast with Quavo, whose real name is Quavious Keyate Marshall, which premiered on October 22. The video on YouTube garnered 1.6 M views so far. During the interview, Co-host N.O.R.E. told Takeoff, "One thing I really, really love about the project is how you [are] shining. Of course, you were shining before, but I felt like you were dancing on this one." He further asked, "It was your time to prove. Is that something you had on your mind when you [were] going to do that?" While responding to the co-host, Takeoff said, "For sure. I’m chill, I’m-laid back, but it’s time to pop it. I want to get into my flow. Time to give me my flowers. I don’t want them when I ain’t here," as cited by Page Six. The rapper accepted a bouquet of flowers at the end of the show.
Takeoff's reportedly last words crushed the hearts of his fans. One of his fans commented on the podcast on YouTube, "I literally just watched this interview yesterday and now to read that Takeoff was murdered is so heartbreaking. Such a calm sweet guy who in my opinion was the most talented. I hate that they won't get a chance to reconcile as a group. Life is so precious. RIP King." Another wrote, "I got chills hearing Take Off say he want his flowers now not when he's gone. The entire world is hurting. RIP Take Off. Gun violence and diabetes is killing the Black culture." "Thank you nore for giving takeoff his flowers, this will forever be a legendary interview RIP takeoff thank you for changing the culture," said one user. Another user wrote, "Just watched this for this first time after his passing and you can tell bro was in a genuine good space. But this part right here have me the chills 1:17:15 RIP TAKE." "When takeoff said give me my flowers now my heart broke and i felt chills. rip takeoff an atl legend!" penned another user.