Update: Offset refuted the backstage fighting claims in a tweet on Monday (February 6).
“What tf look like fighting my brother yal n-ggas is crazy,” he wrote.
What tf look like fighting my brother yal niggas is crazy
— OFFSET (@OffsetYRN) February 6, 2023
Quavo and Offset were reportedly involved in a physical altercation backstage at the 2023 Grammy Awards on Sunday night (February 5) over a dispute involving TakeOff‘s tribute performance.
According to TMZ, the Migos groupmates brawled backstage after Quavo refused to let Offset share the stage with him for his performance of “Without You” during the ceremony’s “In Memorium” segment.
TMZ‘s sources relayed that Quavo was the one who initiated the fight, not Offset.
The Recording Academy reportedly asked Offset to join Quavo on stage for the performance, but Huncho blocked the idea and the bad blood boiled over into a backstage melee.
Quavo holds up Takeoff's chain during emotional Grammy tribute #GRAMMYspic.twitter.com/8dV7MdI6x4
— HipHopDX (@HipHopDX) February 6, 2023
Instead, Quavo was joined by the Maverick City Music choir as he delivered an emotional rendition of “Without You,” which he released in January, roughly two months after TakeOff’s death. At the end of his performance, the rapper walked to the mic at the front of the stage and held aloft TakeOff’s chain as a photo of the late rapper appeared on the giant screen behind him.
TakeOff (real name Kirsnick Khari Ball) was shot and killed age 28 outside a bowling alley in Houston, Texas on November 1.
Offset appeared to have distanced himself from the Migos in 2022 as Quavo and TakeOff went on to form the Unc & Phew duo, unleashing their joint album Only Built For Infinity Links (sans Offset) just weeks before TakeOff’s murder.
Following the Grammy Awards dust-up, Offset also addressed J. Prince for his comments regarding TakeOff’s death on the Million Dollaz Worth of Game podcast.
“First off, y’all n-ggas speaking on my real brother,” he said. “I don’t know what the fuck y’all n-ggas got going on. Y’all n-ggas speaking on my real brother. How dare one of y’all n-ggas speak on me and Take’s relationship. I don’t know you n-gga from a can of paint n-gga. Y’all don’t know how me and my brother rock, n-gga.
“You trying to clear your fate, n-gga. This your fifth interview, n-gga, you don did about my n-gga. You didn’t think about his momma, you didn’t think about the family, n-gga? We ain’t say nothing. Ain’t nobody say nothing bout you n-ggas. Who y’all n-ggas think you is John Gotti, n-gga? Ain’t nobody going for none of that!”
Offset continued to explain that if J. Prince heard something from him, then the Rap-A-Lot executive should call his phone directly and not speculate in interviews.
“Y’all n-ggas airing it out on an interview talking about, ‘I said this.’ N-gga, call my phone homie. You call my phone and we’ll have a conversation. All that playing internet games,” he added.