Offset is defending himself against criticisms of his relationship with his Migos collaborator Takeoff following Quavo’s Grammys tribute to the late rapper.
Takeoff, one-third of the highly influential Atlanta rap group Migos, died Nov. 1 in a Houston shooting at age 28.
“How dare one of y’all … even speak on me and Take’s relationship,” Offset responded in a since-deleted Instagram Stories video recorded by fans and shared on social media.
He was seemingly responding to comments made by Rap-A-Lot CEO J. Prince, who accused Offset in an episode of his Million Dollaz Worth of Game podcast, released Sunday, of not really being “there with Takeoff when he was alive.”
Read the obituary:Takeoff, one-third of influential rap group Migos, killed at 28 in Houston shooting
“I don’t know you … from a can of paint,” Offset said, adding others “don’t know how me and my brother rock.”
The exchange garnered attention following the 2023 Grammys on Sunday night, during which Offset attended with wife Cardi B but did not participate in an In Memoriam tribute for Takeoff led by Quavo, who performed an original song titled “Without You” that he wrote following the rapper’s death.
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USA TODAY has reached out to the artists’ representatives for comment.
Last year, Quavo and Takeoff released their debut “Only Built for Infinity Links” with Motown Records as a duo dubbed Unc and Phew, without Offset. The debut single, “Hotel Lobby (Unc & Phew),” was released in May, and a music video for their song “Messy” made its debut in October.
Kirsnik Khari Ball, known as Takeoff, was part of Migos along with Quavo and Offset. He died after being shot following a private party, said Troy Finner, chief of police at the Houston Police Department.
The three rappers grew up together and exploded in the early 2010s thanks to the Migos mixtape breakout song “Versace,” which went viral. Their debut studio album, “Yung Rich Nation,” was released in 2015 and featured Chris Brown and Yung Thug. In addition to several more mixtape albums, Migos went on to release three more studio albums: “Culture” (2017), which featured lead single “Bad and Boujee” that would spend three weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and nabbed them two Grammy nominations, “Culture II” (2018) and “Culture III” (2021).
Following Takeoff’s death, Offset wrote an emotional open letter on Instagram that he would “love (him) forever.”
“I’ve been going to sleep and waking up, hoping that all of this is a dream, but it’s reality, and reality feels like a nightmare,” Offset wrote. “Every time you would see me, you didn’t give me a dap you gave me a hug. I wish I could hug you one last time.”
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