Gucci Mane’s new single pays tribute to the late Takeoff. This morning, the 1017 creator released his new track “Letter To Takeoff,” which was produced by long-time partner Zaytoven. Wop voiced his anguish for Zay’s spacey and chilly production and his shock at Takeoff’s demise. “How did we lose Takeoff?” “Dammit, he didn’t deserve it/ We’re not meant to question God, but damn, Takeoff was great,” Gucci raps, echoing Offset’s address at his burial on Friday.
Though the song is about Gucci Mane’s thoughts about Takeoff’s death, it also talks about the more significant issue of artists dying at a young age. Wop also pays tribute to Shawty Lo, XXXTENTACION, and Young Dolph, as well as providing Quavo a shoulder to cry on if he ever needs one. The music video also includes candid images of the two kissing during Takeoff’s burial.
In addition to discussing the deaths of Takeoff, PNB Rock, and other rappers, he also discusses the slew of musicians on the 1017 roster who have been imprisoned, as well as the death of Slim Dunkin and the recent release of Baby Racks.
Gucci Mane sends a message to Takeoff and QC’s families at the end of the song.
“Let’s start giving our loved ones their flowers while they are here because it’s crazy out here. One day you here, the next, you could be gone,” he says.
Gucci Mane’s honesty and maturity take center stage in “Letter To Takeoff.” As time goes by, it’s clear his position as an elder statesman in hip-hop weighs on him, as well as the social responsibility that comes along with it.
Check the song out below.
They sent you out at first class, the State Farm Arena
You had dope boys mingling with rappers and singers
We lost my friend, we lost my dawg, I lost my little brother
The last words you ever told me was ‘GuWop, I love ya”