- 04 Feb 19
American immigration authorities have taken the 26-year-old rapper into custody, accusing him of being a British national who has been living in the US unlawfully.
US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) have announced that 21 Savage, also known as Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested on Sunday morning, and now faces deportation.
According to a statement released through WSB-TV 2, the Atlanta, Georgia-based rapper and "United Kingdom national" was taken into custody "during a targeted operation with federal and local law enforcement parters early Sunday in metro Atlanta." ICE spokesman Bryan Cox told WSB-TV 2 reporter Mark Winne that 21 Savage is "unlawfully present in the U.S. and also a convicted felon."
ICE spokesman Bryan Cox: “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.” https://t.co/G0WlPymYIr
— Mark Winne (@MarkWinneWSB) February 3, 2019
The rapper released his latest album, I Am > I Was, in December, to critical acclaim. The project features vocals from J. Cole, Childish Gambino, Post Malone, and Schoolboy Q. On Thursday, he performed alongside Lil Yachty and Ludacris at the Super Bowl Music Fest in Atlanta.