Grammy-nominated rapper 21 Savage was arrested in Atlanta Sunday by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The agency says he is illegally present in the United States.
More exactly, the person with real name Shayaabin Abraham-Joseph is a citizen of the United Kingdom and entered the US legally in July 2005, when he was a minor, but subsequently failed to depart under the terms of his nonimmigrant visa. His visa expired in July 2006. He has been placed in deportation proceedings in federal immigration court. "Mr. Abraham-Joseph is a role model to the young people in this country, especially in Atlanta, Georgia, and is actively working in the community leading programs to help underprivileged youths in financial literacy," his attorney said.
Abraham-Joseph is nominated for two awards at next week's Grammys. The song "Rockstar" was nominated for Record of the Year and Best Rap Performance. The Atlanta-based rapper released his "Issa Album" in 2017. A second one was released in December 2018. Mr Abraham-Joseph, 26, has claimed to be from Atlanta and has long been considered a local act. He was dedicated to this region. He gave free school supplies to more than 2,500 DeKalb County school students, as an example. He performed in Atlanta as recently as Thursday in the Super Bowl Music Fest at State Farm Arena. His fans reacted on the social media after his arrest. Officials were waiting for a judge's ruling before deciding how to proceed.