Quavious Keyate Marshall[1] (born April 2, 1991), known professionally as Quavo (/ˈkwv/), is an American rapper from Athens, Georgia. He is best known as the frontman of the now-defunct hip hop group Migos. Formed with his nephew Takeoff and their mutual friend Offset in 2008, the group released four commercially successful studio albums before disbanding in 2023.

Quavo
Quavo in 2019
Quavo in 2019
Background information
Birth nameQuavious Keyate Marshall
Also known asHuncho
Born (1991-04-02) April 2, 1991 (age 32)
Athens, Georgia, U.S.
OriginLawrenceville, Georgia, U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • actor
DiscographyQuavo discography
Years active2008–present
Labels
Member ofHuncho Jack
Formerly of
RelativesTakeoff (nephew)
Websitequavohuncho.com

American football career
Glacier Boyz
Position:Owner
Career information
High school:Berkmar High School
Career history
As an executive:
FCF Glacier Boyz (2022–present) Owner

As a solo act, Marshall has guest performed on six Billboard Hot 100 top ten singles—Post Malone's diamond-certified "Congratulations", Justin Bieber's "Intentions", Liam Payne's "Strip That Down", Drake's "Portland", and DJ Khaled's "No Brainer" and "I'm the One", the latter of which peaked atop the chart.[2][3] His debut studio album, Quavo Huncho (2018) peaked at number two on the Billboard 200 and spawned the platinum-certified single "Workin Me". His second album, Rocket Power (2023) peaked at number 18 and was released in memory of Takeoff, who was slain the year prior.[4]

Early life edit

Quavious Keyate Marshall was born on April 2, 1991, in Athens, Georgia.[5][6][7][8] The three members of Migos grew up together in Gwinnett County, a mostly suburban area 20–30 minutes northeast of Atlanta.[9] Quavo attended Berkmar High School and was the starting quarterback of its football team during the 2009 season, his senior year.[9] Berkmar went 1–9 in the 2009 season, and Quavo went 19-of-25 for 201 yards and three touchdowns for the first win of the season.[10][11] Quavo previously held the Georgia High School record by completing 28 passes in a game in 2009 until being surpassed by Taylor Heinicke.[12] Despite finishing the football season for his senior year, Quavo dropped out of Berkmar months before graduation.

Career edit

Migos was formed in 2008 by Quavo and fellow rappers Takeoff and Offset. Quavo and Takeoff are directly related and were raised together by Quavo's mother. Quavo was Takeoff's uncle.[13] The group was originally known as Polo Club and is from Lawrenceville, Georgia. They changed their name to "Migos" after deciding Polo Club was too generic. The group released their first full-length project, a mixtape titled Juug Season, on August 25, 2011. They followed with the mixtape No Label, on June 1, 2012.

Migos rose to prominence in 2013 after the release of their single "Versace". The song was remixed by Canadian rapper Drake, peaking at number 99 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 31 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Quavo had his first lead single as a solo artist with the song "Champions" featuring several other artists. The song peaked at number 71 on the Billboard Hot 100.[14]

 
Quavo performing at the VELD Music Festival in 2017

After the success of Migos' second studio album Culture, which reached number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, Quavo was subsequently featured on several popular songs outside of Migos, including "Congratulations", "I'm the One", "Portland" and "No Brainer". In an interview with GQ, Houston-based rapper Travis Scott, with whom Quavo previously worked on the Young Thug collaboration "Pick Up the Phone", revealed he had a collaborative album with Quavo in the works.[15]

In April 2017, Quavo was featured on The Fate of the Furious: The Album on the song "Go Off" with Lil Uzi Vert and Travis Scott. The song was eventually certified Gold by the RIAA.[16] Quavo also released "Ice Tray" with Lil Yachty on December 14, 2017.[17] The song peaked at number 74 on the Billboard Hot 100.

On December 21, 2017, Quavo announced that he would release Huncho Jack, Jack Huncho with Travis Scott on December 22, 2017 without any prior promotion. The album debuted at number 3 on the Billboard 200 and had seven tracks chart on the Billboard Hot 100.[18][19]

 
Quavo performing in 2018

On January 26, 2018, Migos released Culture II. Following this, Quavo announced an upcoming solo project titled Quavo Huncho to be released in October.[20] It was supported by three singles, "Workin Me", "Lamb Talk" and "Bubble Gum", with "Workin Me" peaking at 52 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Quavo's highest charting single as a solo artist.[21] The album was released on October 12, 2018 through Capitol Records, Motown, and Quality Control Music and features guest appearances from 21 Savage, Drake, Saweetie, Madonna, Cardi B, Lil Baby, Travis Scott, Normani, Davido, and Kid Cudi.[22]

On May 18, 2019, Quavo performed "Future" alongside Madonna at the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.[23][24]

On February 7, 2020, Quavo was featured on the song "Intentions" from Justin Bieber's fifth studio album Changes. The song peaked at number five on the Billboard Hot 100.[25] In the following year, Migos released their fourth album, Culture III.[26]

In October 2022, a possible disbandment of Migos became the subject of speculation based on reports that Quavo's ex-girlfriend Saweetie had slept with Offset.[27] Following this, Quavo and Takeoff formed a super duo, Unc & Phew and went on to release a collaborative album titled Only Built for Infinity Links on October 7, 2022 without Offset's input.[28] During an interview with the Big Facts podcast, Quavo stated that he would like to see his and Takeoff's career "as a duo".[29][30]

On November 1, 2022, less than a month after the release of the duo's first album, Takeoff was shot and killed while with Quavo and others at the 810 Billiards & Bowling in Houston, Texas.[31][32]

In early 2023, Quavo released three singles, "Honey Bun", "Greatness" and "Without You", dedicated to Takeoff before announcing his second studio album Rocket Power, released on August 18, 2023.[33][34][35] The album was preceded by the hit single "Turn Yo Clic Up" featuring Future and peaked at number 18 on the US Billboard 200 chart.[36][37]

Other ventures edit

Acting edit

Quavo along with the members of Migos made his TV debut after an appearance on an episode of Donald Glover's series Atlanta. The episode aired on September 13, 2016, under the title "Go For Broke".[38] He also made a cameo appearance on the "Dreamers" episode of fox's musical drama television series Star in 2018.[39]

In 2019, he guest-starred in the fifth-season finale of ABC's Black-ish and HBO's Ballers. In the following year, he along with Billie Eilish, Big Sean, DJ Khaled and Usher appeared on the finale episode of Justin Bieber: Seasons, a YouTube docu-series about Canadian singer Justin Bieber.[40] He also made a guest appearance on the sophomore season of Narcos: Mexico.[41]

Quavo appeared in the thriller film Savage Salvation directed by Randall Emmett as Coyote; which released on December 2, 2022.[42]

Along with Chloe Bailey and Anjelika Washington, Quavo starred in the Atlanta-set gospel-choir-competition-based film Praise This, which was released in the U.S. and Canada on April 7, 2023.[1]

NBA All-Star Celebrity Games edit

Quavo received the MVP Award during the 2018 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game after a 19-point performance and victory.[43] In 2019, Quavo played on the "Away" roster during the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at the Bojangles' Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina,[44] and again during the 2020 All-Star Celebrity Game in Chicago.[45]

Fan Controlled Football League edit

Quavo is one of four partial owners of the FCF Glacier Boyz, a team in the Fan Controlled Football League.[46]

Personal life edit

On April 18, 2015, authorities stopped a Migos concert at Georgia Southern University and arrested all three members of the group, as well as several members of their entourage. Quavo was charged with possession of an unspecified Schedule II narcotic, possession of marijuana, possession of a firearm in a school safety zone, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.[47][48] He was released from jail on bond, and later pleaded no contest to misdemeanor marijuana charges and received a 12-month sentence, which was suspended based on payment of fines.[49][50]

Quavo supported Bernie Sanders' 2016 presidential campaign, saying: “Bernie was in the trenches back in the day, really in the streets.”[51]

In 2017, Quavo briefly dated actress and model Karrueche Tran.[52][53] Quavo began dating Saweetie in September 2018.[54] On March 19, 2021, Saweetie confirmed via social media that she and Quavo are no longer in a relationship.[55][56] She also mentioned on social media that Quavo had been unfaithful, writing "Presents don't band aid scars and the love isn't real when the intimacy is given to other women."[57][58] In late March 2021, video footage surfaced showing the pair in a physical altercation that allegedly happened in 2020.[59]

In May 2020, Quavo announced on his Instagram account that he had graduated from high school after dropping out 11 years earlier.[60]

In December 2021, Quavo was sued for his alleged involvement in the assault of a limo driver earlier in July 2021.[61][62]

Murder of Takeoff edit

Quavo was one of the main eyewitnesses for Takeoff's murder in the early morning hours of November 1, 2022. He, Takeoff, and about 39 other people gathered outside of the bowling alley at 810 Billiards and Bowling located in Houston, Texas after a private party ended there at around 1:00 CDT, according to Houston's KHOU-11 TV. Quavo was not injured during the shooting, although he reportedly fainted afterward and had to be carried to a vehicle.[63] Two other people, 24-year-old Joshua "Wash" Washington (a business associate of Quavo) and a 23-year-old woman, suffered non-life-threatening injuries during the shooting.[64][65]

Discography edit

Studio albums

Collaborative albums

Filmography edit

Film roles edit

Year Title Role Notes
2022 Savage Salvation Coyote
2023 Praise This Ty
TBA Takeover Guy Miller
TBA Cash Out Anton Post-production[67]
Television series
Year Title Role Notes
2016 Atlanta[68] Himself Episode: "Go for Broke"
2018 Star Episode: "Dreamers"
2019 Black-ish[69][70] Episode: "Relatively Grown Man"
Ballers Episode: "Players Only"
2020 Justin Bieber: Seasons[71] Episode: "The Finale"
Narcos: Mexico[72] Episode: "Alea lacta Est"

Awards and nominations edit

Year Awards Category Nominated work Result
2017 Teen Choice Awards[73] Choice Electronic/Dance Song "Know No Better" (with Major Lazer, Travis Scott and Camila Cabello) Won
Choice R&B/Hip-Hop Song "I'm the One" (with DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne) Won
MTV Video Music Awards[74] Best Hip Hop Video Nominated
American Music Awards[75] Collaboration of the Year Nominated
Favorite Song – Rap/Hip-Hop Won
2018 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards Favorite Song Nominated
Billboard Music Awards Top Streaming Song (Audio) "Congratulations" (with Post Malone) Nominated
Top Rap Song "I'm the One" (with DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne) Nominated
2020 MTV Video Music Awards[76] Best Pop Video "Intentions" (with Justin Bieber) Nominated

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2019
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