Rapper 21 Savage Arrested by ICE Agents in Atlanta, May Be Deported

Rapper 21 Savage was arrested in Atlanta on Sunday by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Sunday.

His attorney, Dina LaPolt, told TheWrap she’s working “diligently” to get the rapper, whose real name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, out of detention while she cleared up any “misunderstanding.” She would not comment any further.

ICE did not immediately respond to a request for comment Sunday. A spokesperson for the agency, Bryan Cox, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that the rapper was arrested in a “targeted operation” in metro Atlanta.

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“Mr. Abraham-Joseph is presently in ICE custody in Georgia and has been placed into removal proceedings before the federal immigration courts,” ICE said in a statement. “ICE will now await the outcome of his case before a federal immigration judge to determine future actions.”

ICE said the rapper is a citizen of the United Kingdom and entered the country legally in July 2005, when he was a minor, and did not return to England when his visa expired.

The agency also said the rapper had been convicted of felony drug charges in 2014 in Fulton County.

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21 Savage features on the song “Rockstar” by Post Malone, which was nominated for Record of the Year and Best Rap Performance at the Grammys.

ICE’s statement that Abraham-Joseph is British came as a surprise to many of his fans, as he’d long been associated with the Atlanta music scenec. He’s said in interviews that his name “21” is a reference to a street gang in Decatur, a city northeast of Atlanta.

The rapper is nominated for two Grammy Awards this year for his work as a featured artist on Post Malone’s song “Rockstar.”

He released his debut, “The Slaughter Tape” mixtape, in 2015 and signed with Epic Records. His most recent album, “I Am > I Was,” debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart.

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