Drake has canceled his show at the Apollo Theatre to mourn his friend Takeoff. On Monday, November 8, the rapper announced that instead of one show in New York City this weekend, he’ll hold two in early December to attend the late Migos member’s funeral in Atlanta.
According to local station V-103, Takeoff, who was killed at a bowling alley in Houston last week, will be honored and remembered during a funeral at Atlanta’s State Farm Arena this Friday, November 11.
“The Apollo show has been rescheduled to allow us to pay tribute to our dear friend this weekend,” Drake wrote on Instagram. “For the fans, we’ve added a second date.”
Rev. Jesse Curney, III is set to officiate the service, telling TMZ that Takeoff had been “a faithful member” of the New Mercies Christian Church since his youth.
“He and his family were active and avid supporters of the church and the community as a whole,” Curney told the outlet.
While celebrating the release of his album, Her Loss on SiriusXM late last week, Drake took a moment to honor Takeoff.
“Before I get into the pleasantries, I’d just like to send our deepest condolences from the family to the entire [Quality Control family], to our brother Quavo, to our brother Offset, to the friends and loved ones of the legendary, unprecedented Takeoff — a guy that I knew for a long, long time,” Drake said.
The rapper noted that he and Migos first linked up on the rap-changing remix for the Atlanta trio’s hit “Versace.” From there, “We formed a brotherhood. I always talk about the fact that this was one family.
My friends in the music industry are not friends, they’re family,” Drake said. “So, our deepest condolences. Tragic loss for all of us and, you know, a dark cloud over this business that we love so much.”
Drake previously paid tribute to Takeoff on Instagram. He shared a photo of them sharing the stage and added the caption: “I got the best memories of all of us seeing the world together and bringing light to every city we touch. That’s what I’ll focus on for now.”
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