Many were recently shocked to find that Atlanta hip-hop artist 21 Savage is actually from the UK.
UPDATE, 13 February 2019: Having spent over a week in ICE detention, 21 Savage — legal name She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph — has now been released from ICE custody on bail, according to a statement sent to WSB by the rapper’s lawyer Charles Kuck.
21 was released on February 13 on bond, but will still have to face a deportation hearing to decide whether the UK-born, Atlanta-based artist can remain in the United States.
UPDATE, 5 February 2019: With news having broken of Atlanta rapper 21 Savage having been targeted by U.S. immigration forces this weekend, and deportation proceedings due to start this week, Savage’s lawyer has issued a fresh statement. Describing the ICE operation as “unnecessarily punishing,” Chuck H. Kuck told TMZ that the rapper had actually applied for a U Visa back in 2017 — a special dispensation, nonimmigrant visa for victims of crimes who are willing to help law enforcement: an application which, as of this moment, is still pending.
4 February 2019: Late last year, 21 Savage dropped his third commercial project I Am > I Was to great acclaim. The record featured fellow acts from Post Malone to Childish Gambino, platforming the Atlanta rapper as one of the hottest artists on the scene. However, it turns out he’s not the Atlanta-born rapper we thought…
The rapper has been arrested by US officials who claim he is actually from the UK. BBC reported that "The rapper, Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, came to the US in July 2005 aged 12 and failed to leave when his visa expired a year later".
ICE arrests rapper 21 Savage, alleging he was born in England and has been in the US illegally since 2006. The Grammy nominee has long said he's from Atlanta. https://t.co/UkbuyqAzCd pic.twitter.com/hvunAzMLnA— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) February 3, 2019
Those who have followed the rapper throughout his career will know that he has referenced a childhood in Atlanta during numerous interviews. Some fans have taken to social media to express their outrage, arguing that the rapper's persona has been built on lies. On the contrary, others have expressed their sympathies.
My sincere hope is to see this young man who has made a way for himself allowed to stay and continue to prosper and grow his legacy. Sincere prayers for him and his family and team. @21savage Should be allowed to remain in this country. pic.twitter.com/8Wp5GJLKHf— Killer Mike (@KillerMike) February 3, 2019
More news is likely to follow regarding Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph's - 21 Savage - legal situation.
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