Grammy-nominated rapper, Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph aka 21 Savage was arrested in Atlanta early Sunday by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. According to ICE spokesperson Bryan Cox, the agency says he is illegally present in the United States. This is at the peak of his career. He’s just released a hugely popular album that’s been praised for its introspection, storytelling, and maturity.
21 Savage went to the US in July 2005 aged 12 and failed to leave when his visa expired a year later. These allegations came as a shock to the artist’s fans, as he is most closely associated with Atlanta and its music scene. He said that the “21” in his name is a reference to a street gang in Decatur, and his songs often refer to his past in East Atlanta’s Zone 6. In “Bank Account,” for example, he raps that he is “straight up out the 6.”
On that story, Demi Lovato twitted, “So far 21 savage memes have been my favorite part of the Super Bowl.” She got a backlash from a lot of people including Offset. Offset tweeted, “ALL THE MEMES AND S–T AINT FUNNY WHEN SOMEBODY GOING THROUGH SOME,” he continued, “PRAYING FOR MY DAWG AINT S–T FUNNY HIS FAMILY DEPENDING ON HIM.”
21 Savage’s attorney said his representatives were working to secure his release. “We are working diligently to get Mr. Abraham-Joseph out of detention while we work with the authorities to clear up any misunderstandings,” Dina LaPolt said in a statement to CNN. “Mr. Abraham-Joseph is a role model to the young people in this country, especially in Atlanta, Georgia, and is actively working in the community leading programs to help underprivileged youths in financial literacy.”
This is a developing story, the officials are waiting for a judge’s ruling before deciding on the way forward.