Attorneys for rapper 21 Savage, who was taken into custody in Atlanta on immigration charges over the weekend, said on Monday that he had been arrested based on incorrect information about his criminal record and should be released while awaiting court proceedings. As it turns out, Savage has been living in the country illegally and could be deported.
United States rapper Jay-Z has hired a lawyer to assist in the case of Atlanta-based British rapper 21 Savage, who remains in custody following his arrest by United States immigration on Sunday.
As of now, 21 Savage's legal situation remains in the air.
The 26-year-old rhymesmith, who has made his Atlanta upbringing central to his musical persona, was born in the London borough of Newham to British parents, according to a birth certificate obtained by CNN. "Many have speculated as to possible ulterior motives for his arrest and detention, including that he released music five days prior to his arrest by ICE, which included new lyrics condemning the behavior of immigration officials for their detention of children at the border". Savage was detained due to an expired visa.
In a statement released on Tuesday evening, attorneys for the rapper, whose real name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, confirmed he was born in the United Kingdom and also that he came to the U.S. when he was just 7 years old.
In a letter to ICE, Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Georgia, described the rapper as a "remarkable young man ..."
"In addition to being a successful recording artist, Savage deserves to be reunited with his children immediately", Jay-Z said, while adding that his arrest was "an absolute travesty".
It was also confirmed that Jay-Z's company, Roc Nation has responded to what it calls a "matter of injustice" by hiring attorney Alex Spiro to assist with his case.
The application was filed in 2017, four years after he was reportedly shot six times during an incident in which his friend died.
Immigration cases often take a while to get sorted out.