Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph (born October 22, 1992), better known by his stage name 21 Savage, is a rapper, songwriter, and record producer. Born in London, he was brought to Atlanta by his mother at age seven.
He became known for the 2015 mixtape The Slaughter Tape before attaining nationwide attention following an EP with producer Metro Boomin called Savage Mode (2016), and its popular singles “X” and “No Heart”, as well as guest features on the 2016 Drake single “Sneakin‘” and the 2017 Post Malone single “Rockstar”.
21 Savage’s debut studio album, Issa Album (2017), peaked at No. 2 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and gave him his first top 20 single on the Billboard Hot 100, “Bank Account”. Later that year, he collaborated with Offset and Metro Boomin for the album Without Warning (2017). His first No. 1 single came at the end of 2017 with his feature on Post Malone’s “Rockstar”, which was nominated in two categories at the 61st Grammy Awards.
His second album I Am > I Was (2018) was met with critical acclaim, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, spent two weeks atop the charts, and spawned the hits “A Lot” and “Monster”.
21 Savage was arrested by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on February 3, 2019. Officials revealed his status as a British citizen who entered the U.S. in July 2005 and then unlawfully overstayed his visa when it expired a year later. He was granted bond on February 12 and released the next day, pending the outcome of an expedited deportation hearing. The hearing was initially scheduled for April 9, but was later postponed indefinitely. 21 Savage won the award for Best Rap Song for his song “A Lot” at the 2020 Grammy Awards, marking both his and J. Cole’s first Grammy wins. His long-awaited sequel collaboration with Metro Boomin, Savage Mode II, was released in October 2020 to widespread acclaim and debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.