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So, who exactly is 21 Savage?

The rapper is the talk of Twitter after his arrest.
Feb 4th 2019, 11:47 AM 3,887 0

POTENTIALLY, YOU WOKE up this morning, had a scroll of your timeline and were none-the-wiser as to what anyone was talking about. The Super Bowl? Adam Levine? Nipples? 21 Savage? Demi Lovato?!?!

Yeah, there was a lot going on, in fairness. On the latter, Lovato ended up deleting her Twitter account after making a joke about rapper 21 Savage’s arrest.  

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If you’ve found yourself internally screaming “who?” scanning the headlines, while also not wanting to indulge your inner Steve Buscemi in a beanie, here’s a primer on the man behind the mastheads.

21 Savage is an Atlanta-based rapper. 

He’s previously collaborated with the likes of Cardi B and Post Malone. 

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He’s been pretty successful in his own right too – his debut album ‘Issa Album’ made it to the number 2 spot on Billboard’s 200 chart, and was well-received by critics. In December 2018, he followed it up with his sophomore, ‘I Am > I Was’, which went to number 1.

He’s up for two awards with Post Malone at this year’s Grammy awards for their Rockstar collaboration on 11 February. However, it’s unclear whether he will be in attendance following his recent arrest.

Right, explain that then. 

So, 21 Savage has been based out of Atlanta, Georgia for the majority of his career, gaining prominence in the underground. In an interview with Seth Rogen last year, he maintained that he was born in Atlanta.

Then, earlier this week, the rapper was taken into custody by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), who accused him of being a British national staying in the United States on an expired visa.

A spokesperson for ICE said: “His whole public persona is false. He actually came to the U.S. from the U.K. as a teen and overstayed his visa.”

The rapper now faces deportation, while his lawyer DinaLaPolt said: “We are working diligently to get Mr. Abraham-Joseph out of detention while we work with the authorities to clear up any misunderstandings.”

What’s with the memes then?

Basically, people are now ripping the piss about him pretending to be American.

Conservative commentator Tomi Lahren also took the opportunity to drag Savage. This drew the ire of Cardi B, who threatened to “dog walk” Lahren over her hot take on the situation.

Never a dull moment, anyway.

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