21 Savage Free: How the Atlanta MC’s Incarceration Unified Hip-Hop

On February 3rd, 21 Savage was arrested and detained in Atlanta, Georgia by Immigration Customs Enforcement after being accused of overstaying his visa. ICE reported that the rapper born She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph was actually from the United Kingdom and came to America with his family as a minor and that he was arrested as part of a “targeted operation.”

21 Savage legally entered the U.S. when he was 7, according to a statement from his team. However, his visa expired in July 2006 and Savage’s lawyers confirmed ICE’s claims that his family overstayed their work visas were true, but noted that 21 Savage was “left without legal status through no fault of his own.” After nine days in custody, 21 was released on bond, but the story as it stands is one of the most bizarre chapters in hip-hop history and unified the more progressive wings of the music community. In the process of this ongoing case, ICE has inadvertently elevated itself beyond the cable news talking heads. Engaging in what can only charitably be described as character assassination in the hours following 21’s arrest, what they’ve actually done is make the case for the complete and total need to abolish the agency.

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43 thoughts on “21 Savage Free: How the Atlanta MC’s Incarceration Unified Hip-Hop

  1. Do they know that ICE is responsible for locking up thousands of sex traffickers, pedophiles, rapists, violent gang members, etc.? Not saying they are a perfect organization, I’m sure there are plenty of things that need to be fixed, but to the uneducated who just watch mainstream media, they perpetuate ICE as this horrific group that rips children away from their families. Couldn’t be further from the truth, they do a lot of good work to put bad people where they deserve to be.

  2. Unified hiphop? Your reaching for sure, but why though? because Jay z wanted to hire a lawyer for him? The only thing that was unified was people thinking how the hell was he arrested by ICE when he's from Atlanta? Also, other rappers saying "free 21 Savage" does not count as a unified hiphop community. Take this shit down or rename it because it's misleading…

  3. It doesn’t matter where he was born he grew up in Atlanta. I was born in Saudi Arabia but I’ve lived in the US since I was 6 months old so people saying 21 is a fraud n shit is dumb bc it doesn’t matter where u were born it matters where u grew up. I’m just surprised he was even born overseas in the first place but it just goes to show how strong your environment influences you bc 21 is Atlanta lol not London

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