Prior to February 3rd, Rapper 21 Savage’s Wikipedia page stated that he was born in Atlanta in 1992. The rapper is well-known for speaking about how he grew up in Georgia, so no one really questioned his story. His success reached a peak this year as he was nominated for two Grammy Awards. Now, further questions are emerging after the “Georgia-native” singer has now been apprehended by ICE agents.
21 Savage, whose real name has been exposed as Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was riding along with three other individuals when they were stopped by DeKalb police. It’s unclear what happened next, but ultimately 21 Savage ended up in ICE custody. The other three individuals were arrested by police.
Bryan Cox, an ICE spokesman, later confirmed the arrest. He explained how the suspect is reportedly a United Kingdom national who is now facing deportation after letting his lawful visa expire. Incredibly, it appears that 21 Savage has remained illegally in the country since he was about 14-years-old. He originally came to the US with his mother, but he never applied to renew his visa once it expired.
Reports also indicate the rapper had been arrested back in 2014 on felony drug charges, but officials were unaware of his illegal status at the time.
One ICE spokesman claimed to CNN that the rapper’s “whole public persona was false.” The suspect’s attorney, however, claims that they are working to “clear up any misunderstanding” surrounding the ordeal.
The arrest has sent shockwaves across the internet as fans across the world respond to the incident. 21 Savage is currently being detained until his case is heard in a federal court, so it’s unclear whether he will make it to the Grammy awards or not.