Published: Wed, February 13, 2019
Entertaiment | By Paul Elliott

Rapper 21 Savage Released From ICE Custody

Rapper 21 Savage Released From ICE Custody

ICE says Abraham-Joseph is unlawfully present in the USA and also a convicted felon. The "Bank Account" rapper was granted bail on Tuesday and is now resting at home with his family pending an immigration court hearing. Below is a statement from 21's lawyers Charles H. Kuck, Dina LaPolt and Alex Spiro.

It's unclear why 21 Savage was in custody for so long. His lawyers told TMZ that he is grateful for the support that he has been getting around the world.

Rapper Post Malone performed hit track "Rockstar", which features 21 Savage, alone at the show in Los Angeles. The attorney maintained the government knew about his immigration status as he had a 2017 U-visa application pending approval.

The Grammy-nominated rapper was arrested February 3 by ICE, which said he was born in the United Kingdom and was in the United States illegally.


The lawyers said that 21 Savage, whose real name is Sha Yea Bin Abraham-Joseph, would not forget the ordeal or the other people he was locked up with who "remain unjustly incarcerated accross the country". He was in the process of getting a U-Visa. "And he asks for your hearts and minds to be with them".

It's unclear what will happen to Mr. Abraham Joseph, but it's likely his situation is not good.

The revelation that 21 Savage is British came as a shock to the artist's fans, because he is most closely associated with Atlanta and its music scene. "My best friend who died, his uncle had a whole lot of dope money, so he started buying me studio sets and s**t", 21 Savage said.

The rapper has several relatives in the United States, including his three children who are all US citizens, and his mother and four siblings, who are either lawful permanent residents or USA citizens, his lawyer previously said. He was convicted of federal drug charges in 2014, which ICE cited as part of his arrest.

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