21 Savage announced news of the album onstage in LA. Could there be another beef brewing in the world of hip hop, between Migos rapper Offset, and hip hop star 21 Savage? Both 21 Savage and Offset came up in Atlanta, and were thought to be friends.
A U visa is for people who have been victims of certain crimes and have “suffered mental or physical abuse and are helpful to law enforcement or government officials in the investigation or prosecution of criminal activity,” according to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
On Sunday, just a couple of days after that video’s release, 21 Savage was arrested by agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which said he was in this country illegally and placed him into deportation proceedings. As of Wednesday afternoon, he remained in ICE custody.
Mr. Abraham-Joseph has three U.S. Citizen children, a lawful permanent resident mother and four siblings that are either US Citizens or lawful permanent residents. He has exceptionally strong ties in the United States, having lived here since he was in the first grade. Because of his length of residence in the United States and his immediate relatives, Mr. Abraham-Joseph is eligible to seek Cancellation of Removal from an Immigration Judge.
But the immigration system is beyond his jurisdiction, even though, since becoming a public figure, he has taken steps to address his status. According to a statement released by his attorneys on Tuesday, in 2017 he applied for a U visa, which, according to United States Citizenship and Immigration Services , can be issued by the government to crime victims who have suffered mental or physical abuse and are helpful to law enforcement or government officials in the investigation or prosecution of criminal activity.” 21 Savage has said he was shot in 2013. The statement did not specify whether he cooperated with authorities.
Maddox worked on the mixes alone, while keeping in close contact with Epic’s A&R people, Jennifer Goicoechea and Ericka Coulter, and 21’s engineer, Mac Attkisson. “Mac recorded 21 at a studio in Atlanta called Tree Sound, and he put all the files together, and gave them to me on a hard drive, so there was no chance of the tracks leaking, something which 21 was very concerned about. Mac would hand me the vocals with the instrumentals, the latter as individual track outs. After that, all I really had to do was organise my workflow, and start mixing. I did about a mix a day, and would get feedback from Jennifer and Ericka, and they would play the tracks for 21 to get his notes, which were also sent to me.
Rapper 21 Savage , who has long said he is from the US state of Georgia, was detained on Sunday and officials say he is from the UK and overstayed his American visa.
Even with a legal nightmare to attend to, 21 hasn’t stopped giving, living or working for that matter. On May 6, he attended his first Met Gala wearing a gold brocade blazer designed by Harlem icon Dapper Dan. A day later he announced a North American tour in support of I Am > I Was. When asked who he was and who he is now, the rapper’s response is expectedly laconic: “I’m somebody who can take care of my people.” Whether he’s ready to accept the mantle or not, he’s also someone whose future in America will impact people far beyond his purview.
Owings notes that Savage’s team might apply for cancellation of removal,” which would allow the rapper to work and live in the U.S. while his case is pending. Harris reports cancellation of removal” is available to undocumented immigrants who have been in the U.S. for 10 years and can show that their deportation would cause hardship to a spouse, parent, or child who is here legally.” Savage has three children.
Winne was told 21 Savage’s arrest was not a Super Bowl-related ICE operation and that he was allegedly in a car with another hip-hop artist and two other men who were arrested by local police on separate charges after the discovery of a gun and drugs.
The pair linked up on Drake’s song ‘Sneakin’ and shot a wild music video together. Fans started speculating that Drake had signed 21 to his OVO Sound record label after they were spotted hanging out. However this is yet to be confirmed. Interestingly they were also born in the same month, October.
While his undocumented status might have cast the musician as an unlikely champion for immigration reform, there is value in the fact that his life has not been a case study in the model immigrant narrative. All too often, the mentality around immigration hinges on whether a newcomer lives life as a “model citizen.” For instance, the story of Emmanuel Mensah, a Ghanaian immigrant who died saving his neighbors during a fire in the Bronx last year, sparked conversation about how valuable immigrants are to America.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested rapper 21 Savage on Sunday, multiple outlets reported. The agency claimed that the rapper, whose real name is Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, 26, is not actually from Atlanta—as widely believed—but instead is from the United Kingdom and overstayed his visa. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested unlawfully present United Kingdom national Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph AKA ‘21 Savage’ during a targeted operation with federal and local law enforcement partners early Sunday in metro Atlanta,” the agency said in a statement. An ICE spokesman told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that Abraham-Joseph legally entered the U.S. in July 2005 on a visa, which expired a year later.
US Rapper 21 Savage wasn’t able to perform during Sunday’s Grammys Awards – despite being nominated for two Grammys, including the sought-after best record award. Instead, the 26-year-old father of three – who moved to Atlanta, Georgia at age 7, and who is well-known for giving back to his community – was in US immigration detention.
The star was held by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers last night – he is being held in a federal immigration custody in Georgia and could be deported back to the UK.
As Pitchfork reports, 21 Savage today (February 6) released a statement clarifying his circumstances, saying that he immigrated to the US when he was seven years old, departed in 2005 to visit the United Kingdom, and returned later that month. Reuters also obtained a copy of a British birth certificate thought to belong to the rapper, born She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph.
Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, known by his stage name 21 Savage, is a rapper, songwriter and record producer who was born in London, England, and is based in Atlanta, Georgia. He became known in Atlanta for the 2015 mixtape The Slaughter Tape before attaining nationwide attention following an EP collaboration Savage Mode with the producer Metro Boomin and its popular singles “X” and “No Heart”, as well as a guest feature on the 2016 Drake single “Sneakin'”.
21 Savage (born She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph) has been arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as WSB-TV and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution report. In a statement, ICE spokesperson Bryan Cox said that the rapper is actually from the United Kingdom, and that he was unlawfully present” in the the U.S. after overstaying his visa. Abraham-Joseph was arrested as part of a targeted operation with federal and local law enforcement” early Sunday morning in Atlanta.
An official copy of a birth certificate obtained from a London registry office showed a boy named Sheyaa Bin Abraham was born on Oct. 22, 1992 at Newham Hospital in east London to Kevin Emmons, a sales assistant, and Heather Joseph.
When he released his sophomore LP I Am > I Was in December 2018, he gifted $16,000 in Amazon gift cards to youngsters who attended the album’s companion interactive Motel 21 activation in Decatur, Georgia. He also visited several colleges and STEM schools in metro Atlanta, along with U.S. Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), to lead 21st Century Banking Workshops, cross-topic fireside chats featuring discussions on financial capabilities, career opportunities in the music business, gang violence and gun control.
SAVAGE: Yeah. All the street artists. I used to listen to everybody. I never listened to them like, Damn, maybe I can be a rapper one day.” It was more-so like they was rapping about things that I was doing, so I could relate. If one of my friends died or something, certain songs, it would soothe the pain. I ain’t never listen to ‘em for inspiration though, it was just on some street shit.
Police claim the musician has been is in the country ‘unlawfully’ since 2006 – but in those 13 years he has made $8million from his hit rap songs, toured the world and was even prosecuted for a drugs offence in 2014 before his immigration status came to light.
The rapper, whose real name is She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was taken into custody earlier this month. Federal immigration officials say he’s a U.K. citizen who overstayed his visa.
For some, he has become a beacon of hope and an example of how violently and suddenly life can change for the estimated 11.4 million undocumented immigrants in America. For another subset of the country, he is the “bad hombre,” the criminal ghoul lurking uninvited in Trump’s America. Following 21’s arrest, ICE spokesperson Bryan Cox claimed that in addition to violating federal immigration law, the rapper was a convicted felon who had faced federal drug charges. Shortly after, 21’s legal team contested his felony status in a public statement. “Mr. Abraham-Joseph has no criminal convictions or charges under state or federal law and is free to seek relief from removal in immigration court. ICE provided incorrect information to the press when it claimed he had a criminal conviction,” they said.
Following Abraham-Joseph’s arrest, his attorney, Charles Kuck, acknowledged that the rapper and his family did overstay their visa, but he never tried to hide his immigration status.
21 Savage was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement earlier this year on Super Bowl Sunday for overstaying in the United States on a visa that expired in 2006. The MTV Video Music Award winner, who was born in the U.K. and came to the U.S. with his mother at age 7, was detained for nine days and is still awaiting a deportation hearing. The former troubled teen and high school dropout donated $25,000 to the Southern Poverty Law Center, an advocacy group that assisted with his naturalization issues, in June.