Happy Birthday, Offset!
Born Kiari Kendrell Cephus in Lawrenceville, Ga. 26 years ago, Offset first made a name for himself by forming Migos with his close relatives Quavo and Takeoff. After the group dropped a string of hit singles like the Drake-remixed "Versace," "Hannah Montana" and "Fight Night"—and spending some time in jail—Offset reached a new level of rap stardom upon the release of Migos' "Bad and Boujee" and the subsequent dropping of the trio's Culture album.
With a mix of anthemic bangers and dynamic flows, Culture elevated everyone in Migos, but it's hard to say any one of them benefited more than Offset, who's dropped one tight guest verse after the other throughout most of 2017. His verse on Gucci Mane's "Met Gala" is a big reason the track ended up on XXL's list of the year's 50 best songs.
Attention-clenching guest verses and the collective success of Migos aside, Offset's 25th year was made even more grand by his romance with the ascendant Cardi B. The two are now hip-hop's couple of the moment, and on Oct. 27, he proposed to her in front of a massive audience at Philadelphia's Powerhouse 99 concert. Clearly, Offset's living his absolute best life, and XXL wishes him nothing but the best as he turns 26.
Happy Birthday Offset, and here's to many more!
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