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21 Savage: Rapper ‘Not Leaving Atlanta Without a Fight’ After ICE Arrest

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*In a new interview with The New York Times, 21 Savage opens up about his battle to stay in the country and the funny memes that went viral following his arrest by immigration officials.

The rapper admits he was a teen when he became aware that his status as a citizen was not settled.

“[I found out] probably like the age when you start to get your driver’s license. I couldn’t never take driver’s ed, I couldn’t never go get a job,” he said.

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Savage, who was born She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Feb. 3.

Officials arrested and detained because he was an “unlawfully present United Kingdom national” who legally entered the country in 2005, but did not leave a year later as he was supposed to.

21 Savage remained in ICE custody for 10 days before he was released on $100,000 bond last Wednesday.

“It’s like my worst nightmare. That’s why it’s always been trying to get corrected,” he said. “Even if you got money, it ain’t easy. It ain’t no favoritism, and I respect it, I honestly respect it. It would be kind of messed up if they treated rich immigrants better than poor immigrants, I think.”

The hip-hop star said he’ll fight “all the way to the last day” to stay in Atlanta in the wake of his ICE arrest.

“If you tell me, ‘I’ll give you 20 million to go stay somewhere you ain’t never stayed,’ I’d rather be broke. I’ll sit in jail to fight to live where I’ve been living my whole life,” he said.

“I got three kids, my mama, everything that I know is here in Atlanta. I’m not leaving Atlanta without a fight. We gon’ fight all the way till the last day even if that mean I sit in jail for 10 years.”

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In other news about the rapper, he just got a big break in his deportation case … the D.A. has rejected the felony case against him involving a concert promoter who claims he took $17,000 without performing.

The backstory is that Savage booked to play a club gig in Southern Georgia back in 2016. He got the $17k but as TMZ reported, never performed — he wanted the singer who was up before him to get off the stage and, when the DJ refused, 21 split the scene. The promoter got a warrant but never pursued it, until 21 was back in the news after getting arrested by ICE. She then went to the D.A. to jump-start her case.

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is an entertainment reporter with over 15 years of experience working in the film industry in areas including production and post-production, marketing, distribution, and acquisitions. She has worked for legendary film producer Roger Corman, Quentin Tarantino's production team at Miramax, the late Larry Flynt, MTV/ VH1, Hallmark Channel, Paramount, Jim Henson Co., Parade Magazine, and various LA-based companies representing above-the-line talent.

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