More than 77% of Black Americans don’t have a will, found an April 2022 Consumer Reports survey. Count late Migos member Takeoff as one of them. Now his estranged parents are reportedly fighting over his fortune, which is estimated to be $26 million.
Born Kirshnik Khari Tiquon Ball, the 28-year-old rapper was shot and killed Nov. 1 outside a Houston bowling alley following a private birthday party at the venue. He was with fellow Migos member Quavo, who is also his uncle. The third member of the successful group is Offset, who was not present. Two people have been arrested in connection with Takeoff’s slaying.
Battle over Takeoff’s Estate
Takeoff’s mother and father, Titania Davenport-Treet and Kenneth M. Ball, are both residents of Georgia, as was Takeoff. Takeoff had no children and was not married. In that situation, in Georgia, as in other states, a parent would become his heir.
With Takeoff’s catalog and residual income from record sales in the balance, his parents are feuding over who was closer to their son as a parent. Takeoff himself said he was raised by his single mother.
When he was alive, Takeoff rapped about his childhood on the 2015 Migos track “Highway 85“ where he said: “And most of us got single parents, only a mother / N****s in the kitchen whipping chickens, tryna get butter.”
Ball has reportedly painted a different picture, one in which he was involved in his son’s upbringing.
Upon Takeoff’s death, Ball posted on Facebook that Takeoff was “my first love out of my five kids this is so so hard please keep Titania Davenport (Treet) and me (Kenneth M Ball) and the entire family on both sides in your prayers doing our difficult time. No one know the pain I’m feeling right now BUT with GOD I will find peace.”
Why Wills Matter
“[A will] is your voice and lets you decide where things go and who you want to carry these things out,” David DuFault, an estate planning attorney at Sodoma Law in Charlotte, North Carolina, told CNN.
People who die without a will are leaving the state where they live in charge of the estate. The state’s laws will determine who the heirs will be.
Offset Speaks Out
Takeoff’s cousin and fellow Migos member Offset requested the public post positive things about him, All HipHop reported.
“Don’t post Takeoff unless it’s in a positive light please!” Offset wrote on Instagram.