Offset talks solo project and Takeoff: ‘I get through my day thinking it’s fake’

Drake sold out the first of three nights on his Aubrey & the Three Amigos" tour at State Farm Arena on Friday. November 16, 2018. Migos and Roy Woods opened the concert. Robb Cohen Photography & Video /
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It’s been an emotional couple of months for rapper Offset, but he is finding a way to create purpose out of the pain and lay it all into his music.

Born Kiari Kendrell Cephus, former Migos member Offset recently sat down with Variety to give fans an update on all he has coming our way. First, we got an update on his solo project that is on the horizon. Features for the upcoming album include Travis Scott, fellow Atlanta rapper Future, Chloe Bailey, Latto and possibly a song with his wife and rapper Cardi B.

What vibe will we be getting with this new project? Offset describes it as a “range between street and sultry, party and menace … one is a rebellious anthem, another, a softer song he calls a ‘female record,’ and the one with Scott has a sinister, cinematic sound befitting a Marvel villain.”

The rapper also previewed a song with late Migos member Takeoff, saying the two recorded the song last summer.

“I’ve never talked about this stuff … talking about Take is hard, man,” Offset said. “Like, it’s gonna put me in a mood, and I don’t want to get in that mood.”

Offset is referring to the tragic killing of Kirsnik Khari Ball, known to fans as Takeoff. The rapper was shot and killed at a bowling alley in downtown Houston last year.

“Some things I don’t never tell nobody. He’s not here … I get through my day thinking it’s fake, and I don’t say nothing to nobody about it.” Offset said.

While Offset didn’t reveal a title or release date for the project, he did allude to the fact that he is completely focused on what his solo future looks like.

“This is me going full-fledged into my solo career,” he said. “The objective is to do it fully … I’m coming through, bustin’ through the door. It’s all set, my next chapter. It’s my time.”

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