WASHINGTON (CIRCA) — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have arrested rapper 21 Savage, saying he is actually from the United Kingdom and has overstayed his visa, the Atlanta-Journal Constitution reports.
21 Savage, whose real name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, has claimed to be from Atlanta. He has held charity events in the neighborhood he says he grew up in and is considered a local act. His Wikipedia page says that he was born in Atlanta in 1992. ICE told the AJC that 21 Savage was actually from the United Kingdom and traveled on a visa to the United States in 2005.
ICE spokesman Bryan Cox: “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested unlawfully present United Kingdom national Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph AKA ‘21 Savage’ during a targeted operation with federal and local law enforcement partners early Sunday in metro Atlanta.” https://t.co/G0WlPymYIr— Mark Winne (@MarkWinneWSB) February 3, 2019
The ICE spokesman Bryan Cox told media outlets that 21 Savage was taken into custody during a "targeted operation."
21 Savage performed in Atlanta this week for pre-Super Bowl celebrations. His latest album, "I Am > I Was" debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 list in 2018.