J. Prince Breaks Silence on Takeoff’s Death and Advocates to ‘Change the Narrative in our Culture’

Several days after Migos group member Takeoff was killed in Houston, J. Prince, a legendary hip-hop executive in Houston, breaks his silence.

J. Prince, who started the infamous rap record label, Rap-A-Lot Records, spearheaded the careers of such Houston hip-hop luminaries like Scarface, Z-Ro, and the Geto Boys. He took to Instagram to acknowledge the killing of Takeoff and addressed his hometown of Houston about the incident, which he states “shouldn’t have ever happened in our city.”

Displaying a photo of the deceased rapper, he writes, “The Prince family would like to send our condolences to the family and friends of a beautiful soul @yrntakeoff. To Houstonians and families around the world, this one breaks my heart because Takeoff was a brother, a son, a role model, and a God loving human being. Grief is the price of love; a bill people from across the globe are paying right now as we mourn this loss.”

He acknowledged the length of time he has known the group members of Migos and the mutual love and respect garnered between them. He chastised his city for allowing something like this to happen and even criticized those who recorded the event, sent it to people, and posted it on various social media outlets.

“This shouldn’t have happened. This shouldnt have ever happened in our city. This shouldn’t have been recorded, and this damn sure shouldn’t be circulating across social media for family, friends and fans to see.”

The influential executive spoke about the ills in the Black community regarding Black people having disagreements with each other, and it ends in violence. Prince is advocating that we “change the narrative in our culture.


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Earlier this week, according to TMZ, the shooting death of Takeoff took place at a bowling alley called 810 Billiards & Bowling Houston at approximately 2:40 a.m. Takeoff, real name Kirshnik Khari Ball, was there with his uncle, Quavo, nee Quavious Keyate Marshall. They were in Houston celebrating the birthday of Jas Prince on the night of the tragedy.

According to Houston Police Department Lt. Salazar, 40 to 50 people were at the venue at 1201 San Jacinto around 2:40 a.m. when the shooting took place. Two additional victims were located at nearby hospitals, HPD stated.