For all we knew, 21 Savage was an Atlanta rap star, with copious stories of women, drugs and surviving the trap as a young Black man in America.
But everything went Twilight Zone when it was reported that the 26-year-old rapper, whose real name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph was arrested by ICE on Sunday, according to a report by TMZ. Authorities claim the rapper is actually a resident of the United Kingdom, and overstayed his visa, which expired in 2006. If he is found in violation of his immigration status he could potentially face a 10-year-ban from the United States, NBC News reports.
Savage’s family have also come forward to corroborate a portion of the report, saying that he moved to Atlanta at the age of 12 in 2005 with his mother Heather, when she separated from his father. His mother is of Caribbean descent from the island of Dominica, a former territory of the British Empire.
“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,” Savage’s lawyer Dina LaPolt, told TMZ.
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Savage is currently awaiting removal proceedings, which would be determined by a federal judge. With a 2014 arrest stemming from drug charges, Savage’s chances of dodging deportation look somewhat dim. However, a second lawyer for Savage told NBC News they feel the ICE raid was a targeted attack, and claimed the rapper applied for a visa renewal in 2017 which is still pending.
After the news went viral, reports went back and forth claiming the rapper immigrated from the Caribbean island of Dominica. But according to the Daily Mail, the Grammy-nominated rapper’s birth certificate determined that he is indeed a British bloke, with African origin of course.
Savage’s father and two younger twin sisters still reside in the U.K., and allege the arrest was “fishy,” the Daily Mail reports.
And while the situation is definitely a serious matter, especially because the rapper has three young children who reside in the states, certain celebrities (i.e. Demi Lovato) took to social media to share different memes regarding the rapper’s devastating situation. D.C. rapper Wale was among the first to offer Lovato a seat after her retweets of the memes became viral.
Migos rapper Offset also jumped into the fray to subtweet Lovato because Lovato really was out-of-pocket.
The singer has since deleted her Twitter after trying to defend herself.
Next up was perpetual pain in the ass Tomi Lahren, who came out of “who really asked you” land to give a corny response to Savage’s arrest news. Her tweet was a play on the chorus of Savage’s song Bank Account.
Last week Cardi B came for Lahren’s neck when she told the conservative mouthpiece, “Don’t make me dog walk you,” after Lahren critiqued Cardi’s response to Trump’s government shutdown.
On Monday Cardi again proved she wanted the smoke, “Don’t make me get my leash,” Cardi wrote in response to Lahren’s insidious tweet.
And in an unlikely union, rapper Nicki Minaj appeared out of pink dust to to drag Lahren.
“Your obsession w/our culture is scary to say the least. I hate giving you the attention you so desperately crave. Laughing @ ppl getting deported as if your ancestors discovered America. Are you Native American? You fkn clown,” Minaj wrote.
And Tomi’s response to Nicki again fueled her white privilege delusion:
This is the most ongoing of ongoing development we’ve seen in a while. Hopefully Savage’s lawyers can band together to find a solution for the rapper and his family.