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Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph (born October 22, 1992), better known by his stage name 21 Savage, is an American rapper. He received attention for projects such as Free Guwop (2015) as well as Savage Mode (2016, with Metro Boomin) before going on to release his debut album, Issa Album (2017).[4] He is best known for his songs "No Heart" (2016), "X" (2016), and "Bank Account" (2017), and for his verse on Post Malone's single "Rockstar", which peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.[5]

21 Savage
Birth name Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph[1]
Born (1992-10-22) October 22, 1992 (age 25)
Roseau, Dominica[2]
Origin Atlanta, Georgia U.S.
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2013–present
Labels
Associated acts
Website 21savage.com

Contents

Early lifeEdit

Savage was born on October 22, 1992, in Roseau, Dominica. He was raised by his mother Heather, who is of Dominican descent, and his four brothers and six sisters,[6] though one is deceased due to a shooting after a drug deal.[7] In the seventh grade, Abraham-Joseph was barred permanently from every school in the DeKalb County School District due to gun possession.[8] He began attending schools around the Atlanta metropolitan area before being sent to a youth detention center.[9]

Growing up, Abraham-Joseph was in a gang and committed numerous criminal acts with them.[10] In 2013, on his 21st birthday, Abraham-Joseph was shot six times and his best friend was killed during an attempted robbery.[11]

Music careerEdit

2014–15: Early releasesEdit

On November 12, 2014, 21 Savage's debut single, "Picky", produced by DJ Plugg, was released. It was later included on his debut mixtape, The Slaughter Tape, released on May 25, 2015.[12]

On July 2, 2015, 21 Savage released a collaborative EP, Free Guwop, with Sonny Digital.[13] It is a tribute EP to fellow rapper and influence Gucci Mane. On December 1, 2015, 21 Savage released his second mixtape, Slaughter King.[14]

2016–present: Savage Mode and Issa AlbumEdit

In June 2016, 21 Savage was named as one of the "Freshman Class" of 2016 by XXL.[15] On July 15, 2016, 21 Savage released his joint EP Savage Mode with Atlanta-based record producer Metro Boomin. The EP gained international success and peaked at number 23 on the Billboard 200, which became their highest charting EP to date.[16] He was on the cover of Fader.[17] His single "X" featuring Future on the EP was confirmed by Billboard as going platinum in the US, being 21's 1st platinum record.[18] On January 18, 2017, 21 Savage announced that he had signed to Epic Records.[3]

In 2017, his debut studio album, Issa Album, reached at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart.[19] Its lead single, "Bank Account", charted in the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100.[20] Later that year, he was featured on Post Malone's single "Rockstar", which peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100,[5] and broke several records.[21][22]

Personal lifeEdit

21 Savage practices Ifá.[23][24][25][26] The rapper has been dating model Amber Rose since the summer of 2017.[27] He has three children.[28]

DiscographyEdit

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result Ref.
2018 BET Awards Best New Artist Himself Nominated [29]
iHeartRadio Music Awards Best New Hip-Hop Artist Pending [30]
Hip-Hop Song of the Year "Rockstar" Pending

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Jeffries, David. "Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 22 February 2018. 
  2. ^ "21 Savage SXSW 2016 Event Schedule". SXSW Schedule 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "21 Savage Inks Record Deal With Epic Records". Retrieved January 18, 2017. 
  4. ^ "The Break Presents: 21 Savage". XXLMag.com. October 9, 2015. Retrieved July 19, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Post Malone's Rockstar Hits No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 Chart - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved 2018-02-16. 
  6. ^ "Savage World". The FADER. 
  7. ^ "The Brutal Story Behind 21 Savage's Dagger Face Tattoo". DJBooth. Retrieved 2017-08-24. 
  8. ^ Hip Hops Revival (2015-11-01), 21 Savage (Says He Was Kicked Out Of School For Bringing A Gun), retrieved 2017-08-24 
  9. ^ "Everything You Need To Know About 21 Savage". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 2017-08-24. 
  10. ^ djvlad (2016-07-13), 21 Savage on Turning "Savage" After Getting Shot in the Neck & Losing Friend, retrieved 2017-07-15 
  11. ^ "Meet 21 Savage, Atlanta's Most Respected New Rapper". The FADER. Retrieved 2017-08-24. 
  12. ^ "21 Savage - The Slaughter Tape". LiveMixtapes. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  13. ^ "21 Savage - Free Guwop EP". LiveMixtapes. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  14. ^ Rose Lilah (2 December 2015). "21 Savage - Slaughter King - Download & Listen [New Mixtape]". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  15. ^ "XXL Freshman Class Cover 2016". June 13, 2016. 
  16. ^ "21 Savage – Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 29, 2016. 
  17. ^ Lilah, Rose. "21 Savage on the cover of Fader". Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
  18. ^ Weinstein, Max (November 22, 2016). "21 Savage Gets His First Platinum Record With "X"". Retrieved December 3, 2016. 
  19. ^ Caulfield, Keith (July 16, 2017). "21 Savage & Haim Debut in Top 10 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart". Billboard. Retrieved July 17, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Hot 100: Niall Horan's "Slow Hands" Enters Top 15, 21 Savage's "Bank Account" Top 20". Headline Planet. August 7, 2017. Retrieved August 9, 2017. 
  21. ^ "Post Malone Breaks Spotify Global Record With Rockstar - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved 2018-02-16. 
  22. ^ "Post Malone & 21 Savage's 'Rockstar' Is Now Certified Platinum". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-02-16. 
  23. ^ "No Joke, You Should Definitely Watch 21 Savage's Entire 'Breakfast Club' Interview". Noisey. Retrieved 2017-04-06. 
  24. ^ Barshad, Amos. "Savage World". The Fader. The Fader. Retrieved 9 February 2017. 
  25. ^ Tayo, Ayomide O. "21 Savage, the hottest rapper in America worships Ifa". Retrieved 2017-04-06. 
  26. ^ "Savage World". The FADER. Retrieved 2017-04-06. 
  27. ^ https://www.bet.com/music/2018/02/14/21-savage-valentines-day-gift-amber-rose.html
  28. ^ "Does 21 Savage have any kids?". Capital XTRA. Retrieved 21 February 2018. 
  29. ^ "Beyoncé and Bruno Mars Top 2017 BET Awards Nominees Slate". Billboard. May 15, 2017. Retrieved January 15, 2018. 
  30. ^ "2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards: See The Full List of Nominee". iHeartRadio. January 10, 2018. Retrieved January 10, 2018.