People is reporting that rapper 21 Savage (real name: Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph) has been detained by ICE (full name: US Immigration and Customs Enforcement). Apparently, he’s a UK citizen and has overstayed his visa. Quick, someone call Detective Amber Rose, I wanna know if she knew about this!
26-year-old Savage came to America legally back in July 2005. His visa reportedly expired in 2006, but he was like “So what?” and stayed. Flash-forward thirteen years: Savage got arrested early yesterday morning in Atlanta during a “targeted operation”. ICE spokesman (I bet that’s a great job to have in this day and age) Brian Cox had some words to say about it:
“In addition to being in violation of federal immigration law, Mr. Abraham-Joseph was convicted on felony drug charges in October 2014 in Fulton County, Georgia… Mr. Abraham-Joseph is presently in ICE custody in Georgia and has been placed into removal proceedings before the federal immigration courts. ICE will now await the outcome of his case before a federal immigration judge to determine future actions.”
Savage had previously spoken about that drug arrest:
“It wasn’t my fault, though, and I done sold every drug, robbed every — I did everything there is to do, except rob a bank. I swear to God on my life I did everything in between. And I ain’t never go to jail for that shit.”
No jail time for slinging drugs, but he will get deported from being British.
Apparently, 21 Savage’s “whole public persona is false.” He’s long said he’s from Atlanta, Georgia and has repped the city on a million and one occasions, telling publication XXL back 2015:
“We are the real Atlanta, we are really in the street, we are really what the fuck Atlanta has going on… The other shit y’all been seeing, some of them really from Atlanta but some ain’t…we bringing back that pain, street real feeling music.”
Savage’s attorney sent a statement to TMZ:
“We are working diligently to get Mr. Abraham-Joseph out of detention while we work with authorities to clear up any misunderstanding. Mr. Abraham-Joseph is a role model to the young people in the country — especially in Atlanta, Georgia and is actively working in the community leading programs to help underprivileged youths in financial literacy.”
Not one part of that statement denies he’s from the UK and I am living for it.
You know who else was living? Demi Lovato, but unfortunately for Demi, her entertainment came at a steep price. Demi had to delete her Twitter account after tweeting: “So far 21 Savage memes have been my favorite part of the Super Bowl.” Well that did not sit well with rapper Wale, who came for her (among others). The tweets were deleted but The Shade Room got the receipts:
After getting dragged and being called a crackhead who needs to go back on heroin, Demi had to delete her Twitter account and posted on Instagram about the hate she was receiving:
In Demi’s defense, the Super Bowl was really boring.
Not sure what Savage’s end-game was here. Unclear. Lessons to be learned kids: If you’re going to lie for street credibility, lie about something basic, like the number of times you were shot.