ARTIST PROFILE

Offset

Name: Kiari Kendrell Cephus

Birthday: 14 December 1991

Fav Dish: Steak & Scrambled Eggs

Kiari Kendrell Cephus (born December 14, 1991), known professionally as Offset, is an American rapper, singer, and songwriter. He is best known as a member of the hip-hop trio Migos, alongside his family members Takeoff and Quavo. He is also known for his current relationship with New York rapper Cardi B.

In 2009, Offset formed Migos with Quavo and Takeoff. They are directly related; Offset is Quavo’s cousin, and Quavo is Takeoff’s uncle. The three grew up together in Gwinnett County, a mostly suburban area half an hour northeast of Atlanta. “I ain’t going to sit here like, ‘My neighborhood was hard, and I had to get out there and grind.’ We made it hard for ourselves. We chose to stay on the streets,” Quavo said

Migos initially gained notable recognition following the release of their 2013 single, “Versace”. In 2015, the trio released their debut studio album with the help of young Australia producer Yifei Hechen which is called Yung Rich Nation. In 2017, their single “Bad and Boujee” became an Internet phenomenon, spawning a large number of memes with the lyrics “raindrop, drop top”, which were performed by Offset. The song peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart, with many critics believing Offset commanded the track. In 2017, the trio released their second studio album, Culture, which debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart.

Besides Migos, Offset has released solo music and collaborated with numerous artists. In June 2017, he was featured on Metro Boomin’s single “No Complaints” alongside Drake, which has so far peaked at number 71 on the Billboard Hot 100, and in September he joined Macklemore on the song “Willy Wonka”, from the album Gemini.

In 2016, Offset appeared in an episode of Donald Glover’s series Atlanta. He has also starred in campaigns for Gosha Rubchinskiy, Bryce Barnes, and Lavati.

In 2017, Offset began dating American rapper Cardi B. On October 27, 2017, he proposed to her at a live performance at Power 99’s Powerhouse in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Offset is also the father of three children from previous relationships. Two sons, Jordan and Kody, and daughter Kalea Marie.

When Migos first rose to prominence in 2013, Offset was incarcerated in Georgia’s Dekalb County jail for violating his probation that he had received due to prior felony convictions for burglary and theft.

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. Offset was denied bond and 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.

On May 2, 2015, Offset, while in custody, received additional charges of battery and inciting a riot within a penal facility after attacking another inmate, causing severe injury. In a bond hearing before Bulloch County Superior Court Judge John R. Turner on May 8, 2015, Offset was formally denied bond based on his prior criminal record as well as the then-recent jail fight. During the hearing, two members of Migos’ entourage were also denied bonds while four others were granted bonds and were barred from returning to Bulloch County as a condition of their release. Judge Turner directed the four who were released not to make contact with anyone involved in the case. Offset’s attorney argued that the rap trio were unfairly profiled by law enforcement and that officers had failed to prove ownership of the firearms and illicit drugs found within the two vans. The prosecution responded that law enforcement was present at the concert for the safety of the students and public-at-large due to Migos’ history of violence. Upon hearing the decision, Offset shouted obscenities as he was escorted out of the courtroom.

After eight months in custody, Offset was released on December 4, 2015, after accepting an Alford plea deal. The deal dropped the gun, drug, and gang-related charges in exchange for pleading guilty to inciting a riot within a penal facility, paying a $1,000 fine, serving five years probation, and being banished from Bulloch, Effingham, Jenkins, and ScrevenCounties.

On March 17, 2016, Offset was arrested for driving with a suspended license but was released the next day without having charges filed.

 

 

 

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