Quavo releases new song “Without You” in memory of his nephew Takeoff

ATLANTA — Migos rapper Quavo released a new song this week in memory of his nephew and group member Takeoff two months after he was shot and killed in Houston.

The song titled “Without You” was posted on Quavo’s social media accounts Wednesday night.

Takeoff, 28, was shot in the head and back as more than 30 people were leaving a private party at the bowling alley.

Houston police said the gunfire followed a disagreement over a “lucrative” game of dice around 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 1, but that Takeoff was not involved and was “an innocent bystander.”

Quavo was with Takeoff at the time of his death on Nov. 1. Pictures showed him kneeling over his nephew after he was shot outside a bowling alley.


Weeks before his death, Takeoff and Quavo put out “Only Built for Infinity Links” studio album. Infinity is mentioned in the lyrics of “Without You.”

“I wish I had a time machine. Just so you can take a ride with me... I miss just how you smile at me. Unc and Phew until infinity,” Quavo says in the first verse. “Wrap my arms around and hold you tight, Phew. So you can never say goodbye to me.”

Quavo goes on to say how holidays weren’t the same without Takeoff and references his mother’s pain. Takeoff, Offset and Quavo all grew up in the same household in Lawrenceville, Georgia.

“Without You” ends with Quavo saying he would see his nephew again someday followed by “Take, I’m sorry” repeated multiple times as it fades.

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Police made an arrest in Takeoff’s death in December. Authorities in Houston charged Patrick Xavier Clark, 33, with murder in the Nov. 1 shooting.

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