50 Cent has taken to Instagram to offer some advice to Quavo on how to handle a potential posthumous album from Tak
RAPPER, who was tragically gunned down earlier this week. In a post on Wednesday, the rapper shared tips on how to go about keeping the Atlanta native’s legacy alive if there was a separate album to follow from TakeOff, whose real name is Kirshnik Khari Ball.
“This is really how it goes @QuavoStuntin you have to position this Album correctly for Take Offs Legacy, go make a couple changes and address everything all artist make the best music out of painful moments,” he wrote in his caption, followed by “R.I.P to Pop Smoke R.I.P to TakeOff.”
The caption was accompanied by a video of Pop Smoke’s ex-manager Steven Victor remembering a chat he had with 50 Cent after Pop’s murder back in February 2020. At the time, Victor said he was urged not to let his emotions and depressed state stop him from keeping Pop’s legacy going by putting out Pop’s posthumously album, “Shoot For The Stars, Aim For The Moon.”
“50 was like, ‘Yo, you’re being selfish. You can’t let your emotions or you being in this depressed state stop you from executing what plans you guys had. Because three weeks ago you guys were in my office talking about taking over the world,’” Victor expressed while recounting his conversation with the New Yorker after Pop had died.
“He passed away, but who’s gonna keep his legacy going? Who’s gonna make sure his music comes out so he can take care of his family? He was like, ‘That’s on you. I get you’re sad, but this ain’t the time for that … You gotta finish [his album]. You gotta see this through.’”
As we previously reported, TakeOff was shot and killed in Houston following a scuffle that erupted outside 810 Billiard and Bowling. A coroner’s report has since revealed that the Migos rapper ended up being hit multiple times, per the medical examiner’s office, who says the primary cause of death was “penetrating gunshot wounds of head and torso into arm.”
At least 10 bullets were fired during the altercation on Monday, with TMZ confirming that Quavo’s assistant, Joshua “Wash” Washington was also hurt during the incident. The outlet’s sources say he was rushed to a local hospital to be treated for his injuries, but, fortunately, his wound was non life-threatening and he was expected to make a speedy recovery.
The other person hit was a 24-year-old female who was also taken to a hospital. She, too, was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Fif, who is known for doling out unsolicited advice to various entertainers and public figures, gave the Unc & Phew rapper words of encouragement via a post on Instagram.
Sharing a clip of music executive Steven Victor speaking on 50’s involvement in the creation of late Brooklyn rapper Pop Smoke’s posthumous album Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon, the G-Unit leader challenged Quavo to “position” their recently released album Only Built for Infinity Links to maximize its impact and reach. “This is really how it goes @quavohuncho,” 50 wrote in the caption. “You have to position this album correctly for Takeoff’s legacy, go make a couple changes and address everything all artist make the best music out of painful moments. R.I.P to pop smoke R.I.P to TakeOff.”
In the clip, Victor speaks on how working with 50 led to the completion of Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon, which he admits may have never seen the light of day had it not been for the Queens native’s motivational pep talk following Pop Smoke’s murder in February 2020.
“I gotta say that I don’t think … if I never had this conversation 50, I don’t know if this album would’ve came out,” Victor reveals. “So when [Pop Smoke] passed, 50 kept trying to get in touch with me. So I finally went to go see him. I couldn’t listen to [Pop Smoke’s] music, and 50 was like, ‘Yo. You’re being selfish. You can’t let your emotions or you being in this depressed state stop you from executing the plans you guys had. Three weeks ago, you guys were in my office talkin’ about taking over the world. He passed away, but who’s going to keep his legacy goin’? Who’s gonna make sure his music comes out so he can take care of his family?’ He’s like, ‘That’s on you. I get you’re sad and all that shit, but this ain’t the time for that.’”
Shoot for the Stars, Aim for the Moon was released on July 3, 2020 through Victor Victor Worldwide and Republic Records. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and spent 34 weeks in the Top 5 of the chart, earning double-platinum certification by the RIAA. On July 20, which would’ve marked Pop Smoke’s 21st birthday, a deluxe edition of the album was released, which included twelve more original tracks and three remixes.
On Tuesday (Nov. 1), Takeoff, born Kirshnik Khari Ball, was murdered following a shooting outside of a Houston venue he, Quavo, and other members of his entourage were visiting. According to reports, a verbal altercation between two groups led to the shooting, with Takeoff being struck in the head and the torso during the crossfire. No arrests have been made in connection to the incident and an investigation is ongoing. He was 28 years-old at the time of his death.