UPDATE: 21 Savage released from ICE custody

Rapper 21 Savage attends Motel 21 ' I Am > I Was'  Private Listening Experience on December 21, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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". 

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. 

More news is likely to follow regarding Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph's - 21 Savage - legal situation. 

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