21 Savage

21 Savage's lawyer suggests that immigration officials targeted the rapper after he dissed them in a new song. The "Bank Account" rapper, whose real name is Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested on Sunday, Feb. 3, for overstaying his immigration visa.

Immigration officials say Abraham-Joseph, who was born in London in 1992, has been living in America since 2006 without the proper paperwork. The 26-year-old rap artist applied for a new visa as an alleged crime victim in 2017.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents picked Abraham-Joseph up during a targeted sting on Sunday, and he is now threatened with deportation back to England.

On Tuesday evening, his lawyer Charles H. Kuck issued a lengthy statement to address a "great deal of misreporting" on the Internet. Kuck noted that many have speculated Abraham-Joseph was targeted by ICE over his new song "A Lot", which he performed live on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last week.

Abraham-Joseph changed the song's lyrics to criticize immigration officials and President Trump's migrant policy of detaining children at the U.S.-Mexico border.

"Went through some things, but I couldn't imagine my kids stuck at the border (Straight up)," he raps. "Flint still need water (Straight up), n**gas was innocent, couldn’t get lawyers (On God)."

Abraham-Joseph was arrested 5 days after his appearance on The Tonight Show.

"There continues to be no legal reason to detain Mr. Abraham-Joseph for a civil law violation that occurred when he was a minor, especially when people in his exact situation are routinely released by ICE," the lawyer wrote. "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."

He continued: "We are unaware of why ICE apparently targeted Mr. Abraham-Joseph, but we will do everything possible to legally seek his release and pursue his available relief in immigration court."

In his statement, Kuck confirmed the rapper was born in the U.K. but arrived in the U.S. legally when he was seven years old, contradicting reports that he was 12 when he moved to the U.S.

Kuck said Abraham-Joseph has three minor children who are U.S. citizens and a mother and four siblings who are in the country lawfully.

Complicating Abraham-Joseph's case is his lengthy criminal record in Atlanta which includes a 2014 felony drug conviction. The felony conviction was expunged in 2017, but ICE has no obligation to honor the expungement.

Abraham-Joseph was transferred from an immigration detention center in downtown Atlanta to an immigration facility in Ocilla, GA, about three hours south of Atlanta.

According to The Blast, he is currently at the Irwin County Detention Center, where his daily activities includes chores and minimal exercise.

Abraham-Joseph is best known for dating West Coast socialite Amber Rose.

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  • ALLMINE?

    These foreigners think "AMERICA" is a joke..

  • Elevated Soul

    If you know that you are an illegal alien,then you should have enough d@mn common sense to not diss I.C.E.or the current President.....Duh!

  • Bossy704

    I can't imagine ICE agents listening that closely to his lyrics but the timeline adds up. They are trying to prove a point.

  • hi-liter

    ICE ain’t checking for 21 like that......if they gotta listen to his mixtape to get anything on him. I believe someone snitched.

  • RICHIE_RICH

    Duh! He was on Jimmy Fallon or one of those late night shows giving them the business.

  • Blak

    He has been fully aware of his status and now thinks he is above the law? Let's make an example of him

  • Chicagowise

    Most illegal immigrants lay low. They don't go on national tv and thumb their noses at ICE.

  • HotInCleveland

    ICE targeted him bc he’s in the country illegally. He doesn’t get special treatment because he’s famous.

  • Ni Ni

    Welp, sounds like he baited them, now he has to deal with the consequences. You move in silence when your nose aint clean...young folks ?.

  • WutizstillHERE!

    Pigeon in his camp deflee..

  • INDUSTRY GURU
  • Dollface

    He should've thought of that before he ran his fat mouth off. How could he be so bold to throw insults out knowing he was skating on the thread of his teeth.

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    Well he has been trying to get his paper in order for over 4 years. Visas and immigration papers don't take 4-6 weeks like everyone seems to think. It's not a passport. It takes a very long time. Do you know how many applications they see in a day?!?! Do you know how many people are here from somewhere else and have to file the same papers?!?! Come on yo!! People on here acting real dense.

    "Oh he shouldn't have said anything about them in his song and he wouldn't be in trouble"

    Probably, on top of they knew his papers weren't right. So to fukk with the man they went and picked him up. Still doesn't mean he should just be quiet about injustices going on in this and any other country. THAT WOULD MAKE HIM A COWARD!

  • KcoolMuziq

    JAY-Z has now stepped in and hired a lawyer for 21 Savage's fight for freedom... 21 Savage does believe ICE is seeking revenge on him because of his recent song.

    JAY-Z is my HERO. I'll NEVER forget what he did for my musical idol Prince.

  • Ni Ni

    Ooh, i gotta listen when i get off. I never even heard him speak (or rap), but just remembering when i was in college, the Jamaicans and Africans had been here about as long as he had but still had their accent.

  • jeniefrumdabloc™

    This^^^^^^^..... I mean come on now .....

  • Ni Ni

    They think they untouchable when they get that money.

  • NeverSurprised

    Exactly. And if you know you're here illegally, you also might want to consider NOT COMMITTING FELONIES.

  • NeverSurprised

    Thank you!

  • NeverSurprised

    They come here, make the kind of money they could never make in their homeland, then have the nerve to think they don't have to follow our laws. Send his scrawny a$$ packing back to the UK.

  • Dun Dilly

    He asked for their attention ...they gave it to him. NEXT...

  • CPA

    Hilarious ?

  • Skin Deep Beauty

    Snot nose azz kid!!! That'll teach him to run his Lil smart Alec azz mouth! Now wait your turn!

  • datjerk

    Why poke a sleeping bear if your status is questionable? Make it make sense.

  • NeverSurprised

    "Complicating Abraham-Joseph's case is his lengthy criminal record in Atlanta which includes a 2014 felony drug conviction."
    ----------------------------'

    The operative word here is LENGTHY. I do not understand the unending love affair that black folks have with felons -- will cape for one at the drop of a hat. And then they wonder why their neighborhoods are riddled with crime.

  • Alextra Ballard

    This fool had plenty of time to get his shidt togetha. No excuse. Hopefully Savage career can be salvaged

  • Rayne

    They need to cut dat isht out lmfaooo crazy lol

  • VernadineTheQueen?

    “Pride come before the fall.” Should have kept his mouth closed if his ducks wasn’t in a row. Money will have these ppl thinking they are invincible. Now, they are soliciting funds to get a “good” lawyer.

  • Anunnaki, in A twilight Zone

    I keep seeing this guy, I mean what do he do.. I see him with amber. But...?

  • BingBangBoom

    People just be spreading they legs for anybody... Smh I wonder if his baby mommas had any idea he was from London. Also his lawyer sounds clueless...

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    I just feel like I have to advocate for this Young Brother, because I don't feel he did anything wrong. I actually think he's a good brother with a good head on his shoulders. I've heard him speak on several occasions and he doesn't strike me as dumb in any way.

    1.He has an old marijuana case that is so old it's been vacated and sealed. No other cases, it's not like he was running around terrorizing ya'lls neighborhoods.
    2.According to the lawyer hired by Jay Z he had a visa permit application in process for 4 years before reapplying for his U Visa in 2017. He's been working on this probably since he turned 21 and didn't need his parent's signatures on all the paperwork
    3.I'm sure he's not scared to go back to London, it's not like it's a 3rd world country or sum chit. He has enough money he would be well off. However, he has kids here and I'm sure he loves them very much and does not want to be separated from them for the length of time it would take to get all this straightened out.

  • Li-Wright

    This is getting more publicity than it needs to. And now Jay-Z is paying 21's attorney fees, calling it outrageous that he's being deported. Jay-- stay in your lane! :)

  • Li-Wright

    There is no such thing as freedom of speech when you start talking about the President and ICE and the FBI, etc. It gets their attention and your arse is going down.

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    And what lane would that be?

  • Eileen

    where is amber these days..oh btw he couldnt take time to get his get his paperwork striaght but he got a couple kids.......umh umh umh

  • Eileen

    Thats what i'm saying gurl....

  • Eileen

    You better PREACH!!!! he had raggedy paperwork but he got striaght making babies..who are these women that procreate with these rappers....smh

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    WTF that got to do with anything???

  • Eileen

    no honey it makes him a FOOL which is why his behind got picked up in the first place and why do black folks love villans and felons in they community? Is life that dull or your misguided hate for white folks so strong that you will cap for a felon and all the other repulsive bm we allow to procreate and mess up and burn down within our community...smh where are the responsible men in the community?

  • Mielle Downey

    Own your victimhood. You have a whole party called the Democrats in the house and Senate who waste tax payers money playing victim and doing nothing. My word it's like the Democrats are the party of drama queens. The victim part always in their emotions and should be advocating for regular doses of medication. This guy is the poster child for the entirety of the Democrats platform. Aways chasing the ambulance to make a claim.

  • Dreadboi

    Looks like all these visa overstays that everyone claims are the true illegal immigrants are finally start to get looked at..

  • MrsSpice1

    ??.....???

  • Mielle Downey

    I know like

  • Soda

    How do you know she's Black?

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    Who TF said this man was a villain? He has one marijuana case, he wasn't out here gun toting. And this is not about white folks Carol so don't try to insinuate your kind into this situation. The issue is this man has obviously been trying to take the necessary steps to stay in this country for years and and just like with everything else...this country was slow in moving its ass and processing his paperwork and this is the result

  • Dreadboi

    if he's well off shouldn't be a problem to take them along as well as the mother(s) so they can continue to live as a big happy family..

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    I don't read emoji's, you have to use words when addressing me. No disrespect. Thank you.

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    Because they are established HERE. They probably go to school HERE. They were born HERE. So the same way he is fighting for visas for himself to be able to stay HERE...he would have to file the same papers to have them there permanently.

  • Nik

    This is priceless! You are the real MVP!

  • Yup, I said it

    East Indians stick together. Jay-Z people are from St Croix and Savage folks are from Dominica which is a little ways down the island chain. Good for them, but if he can't get his paperwork right he needs to go home. Money status and wealthy shouldn't make a difference.

  • Yup, I said it

    Amber people are immigrants themselves. What kind of paperwork she got?

  • Ni Ni

    You got me ??

  • Yup, I said it

    That's the same argument that all illegals have. That they are established here. That's not a good defense to validate being a squatter.

  • Mielle Downey

    Oh please the UK has a way better standard of living and is a first world country. U act like he is being deported to some 3rd world country.

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    You know what? Reading is fundamental. Please refer to bullet point #3 and then get back to me. I'm not going back and forth with nobody that can't fukking read

  • Yup, I said it

    Dont leave out the IRS. The Feds are watching. If your dumb enough to draw their attention your shiat better be clean.

  • Soda

    Give it a rest, dum dum. You always manage to squeeze in some nonsense that has nothing to do with the topic, filled with childish names for anyone who's a Democrat, as if you're following a script. Just plain stupid.

  • Mielle Downey

    He had time to write a song disparaging ice but could get his papers right? Clean your house before you talk about someone who can clean it for you.

  • Mielle Downey

    Its democrap

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    Why consider him a squatter? He is CLEARLY productive in his community. He obviously has a job, a means to take care of himself, his family, and possibly even a few friends. And once again read my comment...he's been trying to get this straight for over 4 years now.

  • Soda

    Point proven.

  • Mielle Downey

    Then don't I said what I said and you bullet points are not up for discussion.

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    Listen get the fukk on. I'm not with the bullshyt. You make no sense now or ever. Don't even understand why you on this post... don't you hide in the shadows and wait for the political posts? shoulda BLOCKED you ass downstairs!! But don't worry I got you!!

  • Mielle Downey

    Have a chill pill. You an emotional wreck.

  • Mielle Downey

    And set match.

  • Mielle Downey

    This has everything to do with the topic so you can have several seats.

  • Soda

    Your first reply was 8 minutes before this one. Took you that long to think of this! Lol! Be Best.

  • INDUSTRY GURU

    I understand your passion,I feel like your wasting it. There are much better causes. Have you ever listened to his music or watched his videos.

    He speaks primarly about killing other black men,selling dope, and being a Blood gang member.

    Aside from his Felony drug arrest there are a ton of music videos and real life videos of him pointing guns, and threatening to shoot people to include the day before he was arrested. In addition he has always kept the company of known gang members and killers.

    All this will be taken into account regarding his request to remain in America. Atlanta has become a hot bed for Federal drug, and gang task force agencies, he was DEFINATLEY on their list. The night he was arrested many of those agencies were present.

    Im not saying people cant change. Its possible to become a better man in life. He never tried to be a productive citizen untill it seemed his time was up. He was privileged to be able to stay here past his Visa considering him coming from the Immigrant community, he knew that.

    Below is just one of his Videos.

    https://youtu.be/mWISiHcGoNg.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    "Kuck said Abraham-Joseph has three minor children who are U.S. citizens and a mother and four siblings who are in the country lawfully."
    ====
    Don't have children in a foreign country if your legal status is uncertain, and you could get deported. That's not fair to the kids.

  • NeverSurprised

    Absolutely. The combination of a LITTLE money (because you know these rappers always exaggerate their means) and being in the spotlight. It's that "fame" that makes them think they are above everyone else AND above the law. Untouchable. Well, let him take his untouchable, narrow behind to London and let's see what kind of "star" treatment he can get over there.

  • Yup, I said it

    So have 6 million other illegals. Some whom have completed college and graduated from medical school, paid taxes have NNNNOOOO criminal records and have raise productive families.. What makes Savage different or better than the 6 million? He needs to get in line.

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    Him rapping about drugs and guns does not a felon/gang banger/drug dealer make. He was most likely a teen when he caught the case and knowing Georgia state law it was probably only a one hitter's worth of weed. (Which is another issue that bears discussion. All these young men in jail on marijuana charges for $5 worth of weed, but I digress.) And being a kid, growing up in a neighborhood with gang members and drug dealers I'm sure at some point he would have friends in that life.. that doesn't mean he can't still be friends with them. That also doesn't mean he has to gang bang and sell drugs because he obviously didn't and if he did he did it well enough to only get caught with some weed. The passion is not wasted if ,once again, the man was doing right and trying to get his papers in order for the 4+ years

  • WhoKnew

    Those are just excuses for his failure to get those papers in order. And Amber looks like she has hidden immigrants hidden up in her coochie. When she finishes with one she pulls out another one. Damn, girl talm bout coochie overload. Riding down the highway and instead of seeing a sign that says 65 mph we see Amber's face and a sign reading coochie overload a half mile ahead and then you will be at infinity and beyond.

    So I was in the car headed to pick up my granddaughter from school because my son had to get to a meeting and GMA had to kick in and help at the last minute and the DJ on the radio was doing the evening rush mix he was playing Mr. Big Stuff Who Do You Think You Are. Then he mixed it with some overweight lover Heavy D. Why was I in the car at the red light doing a stomach roll? Cuz I get stupid, I mean outrageous..I love the midday and evening mix on the car radio whenever I can catch it!

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    At what point did I say he was better? At what point did I discredit any other non-US citizen's right to be here. You out in left field and obviously not paying attention to what I have said, am saying, or will say so I'm gone from it. You have blessed day.

  • Mielle Downey

    You still beating that dead horse? I enjoy living rent free in you shallow empty head.

  • Mielle Downey

    Lawd!!!

  • brooklyn23

    I think people need to not judge a woman on how many men she supposedly opened her legs to. It's her legs her coochie. For the record these people are in the spotlight so of course it looks like they have men in abundance. Now I've been around the block a couple of times n you probably have to. Don't judge the next (as long as they're not hurting anyone) because your backyard im sure is not clean

  • INDUSTRY GURU

    You missed my point, trying to get his papers has nothing to do with how he lived his life. People seeking citizenship are held to a high moral standard of life its considered a gift from the US Governement .

    I said this but you missed it, totally outside of his music videos and songs he has been recorded pulling guns on people and threatining to shoot and kill people right up to the day before he was arrested for being an illegal immigrant.

  • brooklyn23

    I just wanted to say there are alot of criminals who don't yet have a criminal record. Justsayin, carry on

  • DeJeri

    Can't STAND saggy pants.

  • DeJeri

    Maybe it is a script. You know some trolls are paid.

  • Yup, I said it

    You're simple and exhausting. Good bye to you and pip, pip, cheerio old chap to Savage and he mum! You may not understand what I just said but savage will being the fine upstanding English Genteelman that he is. London is calling! Enjoy the reruns of Benny Hill and Eastenders.

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    I didn't miss it I read what you said and addressed SOME of the things you said. I just didnt address the videos where you said he was threatening to shoot people. So no I didn't miss your point I just chose not to address certain things until I have seen it for myself. And you are absolutely right trying to get his papers has NOTHING to do with how he lives his life so why bring it up? Because the issue is him trying to get his papers and that's what Ive been talking about this whole time soooo

  • CoTToNCaNDie SWeeTAsGolD

    No bitch you're simple and simple minded. I comprehend very well and addressed what you said. At no point were forced to respond to my comments. I'll tell you like I told the other troll get the fukk on if you dont wanna hear what I have to say

  • Eileen

    He should have thought about his paperwork when he was trashing ICE...totally irresponsible on his part...what shall happen to the chillens...why do rappers make babies but don't wife up/ marry the mama's...smh

  • CookieMobster

    I doubt ICE was after him because of 1 lyric. That is some stretch Armstrong reaching right there.

  • Renee26

    Best known for dating Amber Rose LMAO

  • Renee26

    I wonder what his lengthy criminal record consists of ?

  • Renee26

    His BC said both parents were from the UK... Post downstairs said the Dominica claim was a lie to throw off the scent of them being British

  • Renee26

    Hollerin!! Sorry ion speak emoji

  • Renee26

    ?

  • Renee26

    His eyes make me dizzy

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    From Wikipedia:

    In the seventh grade, Abraham-Joseph was banned permanently from every school in DeKalb County School District for gun possession. After being released from the youth detention center, he completed eighth grade through an alternative program before finishing a semester of high school; he dropped out in his freshman year following multiple exclusions that he said "exhausted" him.

    After dropping out, Abraham-Joseph joined a street gang affiliated with the wider Bloods street gang and became a full-time drug dealer, mainly selling cannabis. He also regularly took part in other criminal activities including robbery and grand theft auto, although he was only arrested once after contraband was found in a car he was driving. In 2013, on his 21st birthday, Abraham-Joseph was shot six times by rival gang members and his brother Johnny "Tay-Man" Abraham-Joseph was killed during an attempted robbery.

  • Youcan’tbanmesucka

    Biiiitccchhh you here again? I'm impressed you always return for a draggin!!

  • INDUSTRY GURU

    Lol !

  • gellie

    Out here talking 'nananana booboo' like ICE ain't been flexing on fools. They said 21 Fish 'n' Chips gon learn today.

  • Renee26

    Anybody can edit Wikipedia ? ok he brought a gun to school and he's a drop out with a weed conviction... That's not a lengthy record but I see why he can't get legalized.. We'll trade him for Idris

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    lies. you're not a big deal like that. now yall gone try to make him more influential than he really is? ok, play that game if you want. deport him. if you can't do the bare basic things in life to be legit, don't cry now. to hell with all the lack of accountability and excuses. you didn't get your papers right, now you're possibly outta here.

  • gellie

    If anybody still wonders why 21 Crumpets couldn't get his papers renewed like his mama and siblings, just read Sandra's post.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    right. a damn criminal. FOH. i'm telling you man. the bs us black folks fight for is ridiculous. then you got all these wack celebrities trying to get public support.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    if true, it's only cuz jay's about to take all his publishing and having him work the rest of his life for some whitewall tires and timbs. he'll never make another cent.

  • Lorenzo Chaps

    again, he's not a victim of rights being violated.

  • J2PC

    Shocking that not only was he banned from EVERY school in the region for being bringing a gun to school, but...

    The ignorant parents with low standards & others Atlanta are crying foul claiming that ICE is trying to deport their children's 'HERO,' who is not only a fake persona with a criminal past, but an uneducated grade school dropout trying to teach 'Financial Literacy' to the poor Black chil'ren in those community centers. How crazy is that!?!

    The ATL is filled with talents who are well-educated PhD scholars; leaders, undergrads & grads or business owners who could take turns volunteering their time teaching those children and their parents "Financial Literacy," self-discipline & personal accountability alongside self-esteem building classes.

  • dontgetblocked

    LMAO!

  • dontgetblocked

    Changing the lyrics to his song to be political is like calling the police when they got warrants on your azz.

  • Mielle Downey

    Funny you seem to be the one getting dragged with your off brand commentary. Please come for me because I did not send for you.

  • The Chosen 1.

    Lmfao

  • TransMichelle
  • T Willis

    Let’s be honest, if 21 was Hispanic, Asian, or yt you would not be caping this hard for him. To gain citizenship in this country you have to have a pristine background free of felonies and misdemeanors. You can’t live the type of life of 21 savage and be in this country illegally. Immigrants are held to a higher moral and ethical caliber than American citizens. As an American you don’t view his antics as abnormal because you don’t understand the threshold that immigrants must pass in order to gain citizenship. This factor is a big factor as to why the other poster is saying to save your strength for a cause that actually matters.

  • T Willis

    Productive in who’s view? The man has a criminal background lol and raps about how ICE/govt ain’t sh*t. Which, *if* he was a citizen, would be a mute point, but, he’s not (WHICH *IS* THE POINT lol) so why dry sn*tch on yourself?

    All the money and charities that he may have contributed to are mute points if he criminalized communities with violence, murder, and drugs. We hate that these same issues plague our communities, and now you’re basically asking that we cape for an illegal who has done it for years, because what? He’s rich? Because he *appears* to be on the straight and narrow? Or it because he idolized black culture? We need think logically and not out of emotion. 21 broke the law and he needs to get his stuff in order. Period.

  • T Willis

    Well, damn! ? I sort of agree with you lol

  • Dee Moe

    Wasn't a kid when he did this..... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AaM2ttbmCNU

  • http://www.legalizemelanin.com Legalize Melanin

    Or he could not be a bum ass baby daddy and do the right thing - if you get a woman pregnant and stay with her, MARRY HER. If she was good enough to have your children and be your long term girlfriend, she's good enough to marry. A U.S. spouse would have been easy citizenship but... ?????

  • Mrs. S. O.

    He should have stayed out of trouble while he got his immigration paperwork in order. I also blame the incompetency of Fulton County judicial system for not checking with the feds after his numerous arrests. Trust, if he were arrested in Florida, they check your citizenship status with a quickness lol

  • ??LordHell2TheNaw??

    Whatever he can go!