Where is 21 Savage from, why was he arrested and is he British or American?February 7, 2019
But what is his nationality, and why was he recently arrested?
Who is 21 Savage?
21 Savage was born Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph on October 22, 1992.
He is a rapper and record producer.
The musician has three children – two sons and a daughter – and has a reported net worth of $8million (£6million).
He rarely talks about them but posts pictures of them on his Instagram occasionally.
In the summer of 2017, Savage started dating model Amber Rose, and their relationship was very much a public one.
However, the couple separated in May 2018.
His past was a dodgy one, as Savage was previously a full-time drug dealer after he dropped out of high school.
He was also affiliated with the wider Bloods street gang.
In 2013, on his 21st birthday, Savage was shot six times by rival gang members.
Why was he arrested?
The Grammy-nominated rapper was arrested by US immigration officials on Sunday, February 3.
He came to the US from the UK on a visa when he was 12 in 2005 and never left, officials say.
Bryan Cox, a spokesman for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), said the rapper overstayed his visa to settle in Atlanta, which expired in July 2006.
21 Savage was taken in on Sunday morning in a targeted operation in the Atlanta area.
He is now in custody in Georgia and faces deportation proceedings in federal immigration courts.
This comes as a shock to his fans, who considered the rapper an Atlanta local.
Cox added that the rapper was convicted on felony drug charges in Georgia in 2014.
The arrest and detention of 21 Savage is an absolute travesty, his U visa petition has been pending for 4 years. In…
Which artists are backing 21 Savage?
More and more rappers, songwriters and artists are beginning to unite as one to support Savage during his arrest.
American rappers Vince Staples, Kid Ink, Offset and Rich The Kid are among the many names backing Savage.
"Free 21" is being tweeted from many accounts as people show their support for the rapper.
ASAP Rocky also spoke out in support of the rapper, saying: “ from the A [Atlanta]. How are you going to judge that man?"
Rapper J Cole added: "Praying for 21 Savage, let that man be with and provide for his kids".
Cardi B, Quavo and Metro Boomin have also publicly called for Savage to be freed.
Jay-Z is also backing the rapper.
In a statement on Facebook, he said: "The arrest and detention of 21 Savage is an absolute travesty, his U visa petition has been pending for 4 years.
"In addition to being a successful recording artist, 21 deserves to be reunited with his children immediately #Free21Savage."
What songs is he known for?
His music breakthrough, which led to him finding worldwide fame, was his 2016 album Savage Mode, in which he collaborated with American record producer Metro Boomin.
He released his debut studio album, Issa Album, in 2017, and it debuted at number two on the Billboard 200, and hit No42 in the UK.
His most known songs are Bank Account (2017), No Heart (2016), X (2016) and A Lot (2018).
His most recent album, I Am > I Was debuted at No1 on the Billboard 200 album chart and peaked at No33 in Britain.
However he has had a No1 UK single featuring on Post Malone's Rockstar in 2017.
What's the latest?
Savage may have been targeted by US immigration officials because he blasted Donald Trump in a new song, his lawyers have claimed.
A statement released on Tuesday and signed by his six-strong legal team states: "There continues to be no legal reason to detain Mr Abraham-Joseph for a civil law violation that occurred when he was a minor, especially when people in his exact situation are routinely released by ICE.
"Many have speculated as to possible ulterior motives for his arrest and detention, including that he released music five days prior to his arrest by ICE, which included new lyrics condemning the behaviour of immigration officials for their detention of children at the border.
"We are unaware of why ICE apparently targeted Mr Abraham-Joseph, but we will do everything possible to legally seek his release and pursue his available relief in immigration court."
Elsewhere today his manager claimed the rapper was held on lockdown for 23 hours a day.
Stone Mound Meezy tweeted: "He is in lockdown for 23hrs of the day no tv or any communication besides our 10 min phone calls".
He later deleted the tweet.
Jay-Z says the arrest of 21 Savage is "an absolute travesty" and has hired a lawyer to help his fight against deportation, according to TMZ.
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