21 Savage’s recent stoppage at the hands of ICE has raised a surplus of questions. While the hip-hop community mobilizes to stand united in the #Free21Savage movement, fans are left picking up the parts. Many have already impounded the “2 1 is British” narrative, letting “en guarde” ad-libs and musket citations wing. Others have taken a more actively involved approaching, lending their signatures to an official petition.
Different reports seem to circulate every hour, constructing it difficult to piece together an accurate timeline. For the above reasons, it merely stirs feel to assemble a comprehensive guidebook to 21 ’s ongoing legal story. Should you be confused, concerned, or simply curious, consider taking the time to familiarize yourself.
Shareif Ziyada/ Getty ImagesTWO COUSINS ARRESTED
On February 3rd, 2019, 21 Barbarian and his cousin Young Nudy were both were detained in Atlanta. While initial reports seemed to indicate that local police had been targeting both artists in one fell swoop, their arrests were later revealed to be unconnected. An associate of Nudy named DJ BJ claimed that the cousins weren’t even in the same vehicle, let alone were detained in the same running. Yet both rappers were arrested nonetheless; Nudy, by Atlanta police, 21 by ICE agents.
For those wondering, Nudy was booked on aggravated assault and gang accusations. His solicitor W. Scott Smith has since issued a statement: “We believe that Young Nudy is innocent and this is a case of mistaken identity. Young Nudy’s legal squad works in close cooperation with law enforcement agencies to ensure this case does not get blown out of proportion.”
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On the other hand, 21 located himself in ICE custody. At the time report of the arrest infringe, a tweet from WSB shared the following statement from ICE spokesman Bryan Cox: “U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement( ICE) apprehended unlawfully present United kingdom government national Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph AKA’ 21 Savage’ during a targeted procedure with federal and local law enforcement agencies spouses early Sunday in metro Atlanta.”
The invocation of a United kingdom government origin story soon led to an explosion of internet “wit, ” in spite of the potentially serious consequences. Meanwhile, the same ICE spokesman continued to clarify what happened, explaining that 21 originally arrived on American clay in 2005( stimulating him approximately 12 years old ), but the following year, failed to abide by the criteria of his expired VISA. ICE even proceeded to assassinate the rapper’s character, labelling his entire public persona as “false.” ICE’s original proclamation also alludes to 21 ’s federal narcotic cost, which occurred in 2014, when the rapper was twenty-one. The strange thing is, it seems to be invoked as a catalyst for his forced deviation, despite having appeared five years ago. Not to mention, service charges was since expunged from his record, though such formalities matter little to ICE.
So how did ICE come to nab 21 in the first place? Contrary to early reports, it was not merely a instance of “wrong place, incorrect hour, ” nor was it in any way related to Nudy’s charge. Earlier today, TMZ reported that 21 Savage actually filed for a U-Visa in 2017, which would allow him to tour outside of the United States. Of track, that has meant that ICE were already aware of the rapper’s status. While it has yet to be confirmed, speculation is demonstrated that ICE led a background check , noticed 21 ’s prior offense, and used it as ammunition in their campaign for deportation.
Not only that, but Law enforcement agencies are increasingly attempted to drive home the “British National” narrative, using loaded, evocative words in what would seem to be every proclamation. Though the young sun invested the majority of his life in Atlanta, a few tweets seemed to delete his entire neighbourhood identity in one fell swoop. The thought that one cannot come to develop a newfound dwelling seems decidedly at odds with America’s founding principles. Lest we forget, 2Pac himself was born in New York, and is to continue to emblemize the west coast. In any case, 21 ’s reputation as an Atlanta-bred act surely took a slam, at the least insofar as the internet was concerned.
Prince Williams/ Getty Images“THE BRITISH INVASION”
So where is 21 Savage actually from? And how did he find himself on American clay in the first place? Many had now been claimed 21 ’s birthplace as Dominica, with XXL citing an alleged pre-fame Facebook page as a tenuous source. Yet small island developing of Dominica was indeed under British govern up until 1978, so the timeline doesn’t precisely line up.
On February 4th, the Daily Mail cleared the air by posting a facsimile of 21 ’s birth certificate. The rapper was actually born in the London borough of Newham, the son of Heather Joseph and Kevin Emmons. It would appear that 21 and his mother eventually moved to Atlanta, leaving behind two sisters called Kyra and Jayda, which is now run as dance choreographers.
In truth, it appears that 21 ’s origin was never truly a secret. People simply neglected to looking deeper, because in reality, why would they? Yet the proof is out there. A video from last-place summertime features his mother sharing a few words at her son’s Back To School Drive. In it, her British accent is evident, though people simply began making a big deal of it in recent days. While many will likely flock to the clip as evidence of 21 ’s British descent, it provides a dual purpose: highlighting his contributions to the Atlanta community.
Though 21 ’s father is officially documented as Kevin Emmons, The Breakfast Club’s Angela Yee has claimed Dr. Amsu Anpu to be the rapper’s father. At this moment, it’s difficult to assess whether Emmons actually changed his name, or if Dr. Anpu is a father figure in 21 ’s life. The Dr. has occasionally posted photographs of 21 Savage in a celebratory way, with captions that indicate a familial associate. At this time, Dr. Anpu has shared the circulate #Free21Savage petition on his Instagram page. For what it’s worth, he does, in fact, have a British accent.
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Earlier today, the rapper’s lawyer Charles H. Kuck, has issued the following statement 😛 TAGEND
“ICE incarcerated She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, the well-known Atlanta based recording artist and songwriter also known as ‘2 1 Savage.’ Based upon incorrect information about prior criminal charges and now refusing to liberate him on alliance of any amount, despite the fact that he has a pending U-Visa application( as the victim of crime) with USCIS, and that he has succour from removal available to him. Mr. Abraham-Joseph has never concealed his immigration status from the U.S. government. The Department of Homeland Security has known his address and its own history since his filing for the U Visa in 2017, yet they took no act against him until this past weekend. ICE can only continue to detain individuals who are a threat the community or a flight risk to not show up at their hearings. Patently, our client is not a flight danger, as he is widely recognizable, and a prominent member of the music industry. Likewise, Mr. Abraham-Joseph’s is clearly not a danger to the community, and in fact, its own contribution to local communities and academies that he grew up in are examples of the type of immigrant we want in America.”
ICE has not charged Mr. Abraham-Joseph with any crime. As a minor, their own families overstayed their work visas, and he, like almost two million other children, was left without legal status through no faulting of his own. This is a civil law violation, and the continued detention of Mr. Abraham-Joseph serves no other purpose than to unnecessarily penalize him and try to daunt him into giving up his right to fight to stay in the United States. He rose above the difficult circumstances of his youth to achieve success and could contribute to our society that rival any of those by a natural born citizen. Mr. Abraham-Joseph has US citizen children that he supports and is eligible for succour from deportation. We and he will fight for his liberation, for his family, and his right to remain in our home countries. No one is looking forward to less from him.”
Interestingly enough, Kuck’s statement suggests that ICE is applying intimidation tactics on the rapper, which coincides with another disturbing discovery. “He is in lockdown for 23 hrs of the day, ” clarifies Savage’s co-manager Stone Mound Meezy. “No tv or all communications besides our 10 min telephone call … everything I’ve told him that has been happening established him happy& stirs this time fly by thank y’all for the support.” Such an image substantiates the intimidation cited by Kuck, and we can only hope that 21 preserves a staunch resolve. After all, the person or persons have rallied around his cause, even though they are ICE seems hellbent on dedicating him the boot.
Despite the rapper’s sudden change in fate, the entire rap play appeared to have combined behind him. A petition, started by Black Lives Matter activist Patrisse Khan-Cullors, has been widely circulated by 21 ’s collaborators, and social media has been abuzz with his fellow artists sharing considers, prayers, and terms of encouragement.
Though some might still attempt to discredit the rapper’s Atlanta roots, in reality, he remains an integral member of the community. Not merely did he grow up there, but he forged relations, witnessed the deaths among his best friend, and developed into the man and artist he is today. In the end, losing 21 would be a jolt to the entire rap play, and we can only hope this mess gets sorted out before long. For now, it’s still free 21 Savage! And lest we forget, Young Nudy!
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