Quavo drops “Without You,” an emotional tribute to Takeoff

Quavo released a touching tribute for Takeoff, his nephew and fellow Migos member, who was shot and killed in Houston on Nov. 1 at age 28.

The track, titled “Without You,” dropped late Wednesday night along with a black-and-white music video that shows Quavo in the studio smoking a blunt as he gently rocks to the beat of the song.

“Tears rolling down my eyes / Can’t tell you how many times I cried,” the song begins. “Days ain’t the same without you / I don’t know if I’m the same without you.”

On the track, Quavo also reminisces about various experiences he shared with Takeoff, rapping, “Remember them days we ain’t have our s*** together? / On the Nawfside times was hard, but them days was better.”

“I wish I had a time machine/ Just so you take a ride with me/ I miss just how you smile at me/ Unc & Phew until infinity,” the melancholy track continues, before cutting back to the chorus. “Out in the galaxy, up in the stars / Over the universe, it’s bigger than Mars / See you in heaven, see you heaven / When I see you in heaven, I’ma be with my dog.”

Takeoff, born Kirshnik Khari Ball, was fatally shot in Houston after an argument at a private party. He was one-third of the rap trio Migos, which also includes members Quavo and Offset, Takeoff’s his cousin.

(A previous version of this story published on 1/5/23 erroneously stated Takeoff’s age. The text above has been updated to correct the error.)

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