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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, in 2017.[1] He is best known for his songs "Bank Account" (2017), "X" (2016), and his feature on Post Malone's "Rockstar" (2017), which peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100.[2]

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

Contents

Early life

Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph was born on October 22, 1992, in Atlanta, Georgia.[3][4] He was raised by his mother Heather, who is of Dominican descent and father who is of Haitian descent, and his four brothers and six sisters, though one is deceased due to a shooting after a drug deal.[5] In the seventh grade, Abraham-Joseph was banned permanently from every school in the DeKalb County School District due to gun possession.[6] He began attending schools around the Atlanta metropolitan area before being sent to a youth detention center.[7] In 2013, on his 21st birthday, Abraham-Joseph was shot six times and his best friend was killed during an attempted robbery.[8]

Career

2014–15: Early releases

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, which was released on May 25, 2015.[9]

On July 2, 2015, 21 Savage released a collaborative EP, Free Guwop, with Sonny Digital.[10] It is a tribute EP to fellow rapper and influence Gucci Mane. On December 1, 2015, 21 Savage released his second mixtape, Slaughter King.[11]

2016–present: Savage Mode, Issa Album and Without Warning

In June 2016, 21 Savage was named as one of the "Freshman Class" of 2016 by XXL.[12] 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.[13] He was on the cover of Fader.[14] His single "X" featuring Future on the EP was confirmed by Billboard as going platinum in the US, being 21's 1st platinum record.[15] On January 18, 2017, 21 Savage announced that he had signed to Epic Records.[16]

In 2017, his debut studio album, Issa Album, reached at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart.[17] Its lead single, "Bank Account", charted in the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100.[18] Later that year, he was featured on Post Malone's single "Rockstar", which peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and broke several records.[2][19][20]

In April 2018, 21 Savage had a guest appearance on Young Thug's extended play Hear No Evil along with fellow rappers Nicki Minaj and Lil Uzi Vert.[21] Later that month he also appeared on the single "Outstanding" by SahBabii.[22] In March 21 was featured on the single "Rover 2.0", which is part of BlocBoy JB's Simi mixtape.[23][24] In the following month, he was featured on Ty Dolla Sign's "Clout", which is part of the upcoming deluxe edition of last years's Beach House 3.[25]

Controversies

In 2018, 21 Savage reportedly started a movement called "Guns Down, Paintballs Up" which was intended to reduce gun violence.[26] The head of the Detroit Police Department, James Craig, described the movement as "well-intentioned, however, misguided".[27][28] The movement has been linked to several cases of property crime and homicide.[26][29] 21 Savage has not commented on the matter, although he paid for the funeral of a 3-year old who was killed in a related incident.[26][29]

Personal life

21 Savage practices the African religion Ifá.[30][31][32] In summer 2017, Savage started dating model Amber Rose.[33][34] As of March 2018, the couple have separated.[35] It's been reported that the relationship ended over Rose cheating.[36]

He also has three children.[37]

Discography

Studio albums

Extended plays

Mixtapes

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2018 BET Awards Best New Artist Himself Nominated
iHeartRadio Music Awards[38] Best New Hip-Hop Artist Nominated
Hip-Hop Song of the Year "Rockstar" (with Post Malone) Nominated
Billboard Music Awards[39] Top New Artist Himself Nominated
Top Hot 100 Song "Rockstar" (with Post Malone) Nominated
Top Streaming Song (Audio) Nominated
Top Collaboration Nominated
Top Rap Song Won
ASCAP Pop Awards[40] Winning Songs Won

References

  1. ^ C.M., Emmanuel (October 9, 2015). "The Break Presents: 21 Savage". XXL Magazine. Retrieved May 2, 2018. 
  2. ^ a b "Post Malone's Rockstar Hits No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 Chart". XXL Magazine. Retrieved May 2, 2018. 
  3. ^ Jeffries, David. "Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved February 22, 2018. 
  4. ^ "21 Savage". South by Southwest. Retrieved May 2, 2018. 
  5. ^ James, Andy (November 22, 2018). "The Brutal Story Behind 21 Savage's Dagger Face Tattoo". DJBooth. Retrieved May 2, 2018. 
  6. ^ Charlamagne tha God, DJ Envy (August 4, 2016). 21 Savage Interview With The Breakfast Club (8-4-16) (Video). New York City: The Breakfast Club (radio show). Retrieved May 6, 2018. 
  7. ^ "Everything You Need To Know About 21 Savage". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 2017-08-24. 
  8. ^ "Meet 21 Savage, Atlanta's Most Respected New Rapper". The Fader. Retrieved August 24, 2017. 
  9. ^ "21 Savage - The Slaughter Tape". LiveMixtapes. Retrieved April 27, 2016. 
  10. ^ "21 Savage - Free Guwop EP". LiveMixtapes. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  11. ^ Rose Lilah (2 December 2015). "21 Savage - Slaughter King - Download & Listen [New Mixtape]". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
  12. ^ "XXL Freshman Class Cover 2016". XXL Magazine. Townsquare Media. June 13, 2016. Retrieved May 6, 2018. 
  13. ^ "21 Savage – Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved July 29, 2016. 
  14. ^ Lilah, Rose. "21 Savage on the cover of Fader". Retrieved 23 November 2016. 
  15. ^ Weinstein, Max (November 22, 2016). "21 Savage Gets His First Platinum Record With "X"". Retrieved December 3, 2016. 
  16. ^ "21 Savage Inks Record Deal With Epic Records". Retrieved January 18, 2017. 
  17. ^ Caulfield, Keith (July 16, 2017). "21 Savage & Haim Debut in Top 10 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart". Billboard. Retrieved July 17, 2017. 
  18. ^ "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. 
  19. ^ "Post Malone Breaks Spotify Global Record With Rockstar - XXL". XXL Magazine. Townsquare Media. Retrieved 2018-02-16. 
  20. ^ "Post Malone & 21 Savage's 'Rockstar' Is Now Certified Platinum". Billboard. Retrieved 2018-02-16. 
  21. ^ Maicki, Salvatore (April 13, 2018). "Young Thug drops Hear No Evil EP". The Fader. Retrieved May 6, 2018. 
  22. ^ India, Lindsey (April 20, 2018). "Listen to SahBabii and 21 Savage's New Song "Outstanding"". XXL Magazine. Townsquare Media. Retrieved May 2, 2018. 
  23. ^ Breihan, Tom (March 23, 2018). "BlocBoy JB – "Rover 2.0″ (Feat. 21 Savage)". Stereogum. Eldridge Industries. Retrieved May 1, 2018. 
  24. ^ Coleman II, C. Vernon (May 4, 2018). "BlocBoy JB Drops 'Simi' Mixtape Featuring Drake, Lil Pump and More". XXL Magazine. Townsquare Media. Retrieved May 9, 2018. 
  25. ^ Darville, Jordan (May 9, 2018). "Ty Dolla $ign recruits 21 Savage for "Clout"". The Fader. New York City. Retrieved May 11, 2018. 
  26. ^ a b c Diaz, Adriana (May 1, 2018). ""Paintball wars," initially intended to curb gun violence, linked to 2 deaths". CBS News. Retrieved May 2, 2018. 
  27. ^ "Detroit police cracks down on citywide "paintball wars"". CBS News. April 21, 2018. Retrieved May 2, 2018. 
  28. ^ Patterson, Brandon; Zaniewski, Ann (April 27, 2018). "Detroit police to crack down on citywide 'paintball wars'". USA Today. Gannett Company. Retrieved May 2, 2018. 
  29. ^ a b Mensch, Jessica; Luthern, Ashley (May 1, 2018). "Paintball shootings splatter cities after rapper calls for swapping handguns for paintball weapons". USA Today. Gannett Company. Retrieved May 2, 2018. 
  30. ^ Witmer, Phil (August 4, 2016). "No Joke, You Should Definitely Watch 21 Savage's Entire 'Breakfast Club' Interview". Noisey. Vice Media. Retrieved May 6, 2018. 
  31. ^ Barshad, Amos (November 21, 2016). "Savage World". The Fader. Retrieved May 6, 2018. 
  32. ^ Tayo, Ayomide O. "21 Savage, the hottest rapper in America worships Ifa". Retrieved May 6, 2018. 
  33. ^ Coleman II, C. Vernon (February 10, 2018). "Amber Rose Sniffs 21 Savage's Underwear When She Misses Him". XXL Magazine. Townsquare Media. Retrieved February 10, 2018. 
  34. ^ "21 Savage Got The Sexiest Gift From Amber Rose For Valentine's Day". BET. February 14, 2018. Retrieved March 16, 2018. 
  35. ^ Mizoguchi, Karen; Rubenstein, Janine (March 14, 2018). "Amber Rose and 21 Savage Split After Nearly 2 Years of Dating". People. Retrieved March 15, 2018. 
  36. ^ "21 Savage Cut Amber Rose Off After She Allegedly Cheated With His Friend". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 2018-05-24. 
  37. ^ "Does 21 Savage have any kids?". Capital XTRA. Retrieved May 6, 2018. 
  38. ^ Atkinson, Katie (March 11, 2018). "iHeartRadio Music Award Winners 2018: Complete List". Billboard. Retrieved March 11, 2018. 
  39. ^ "Billboard Music Awards 2018 Nominations: See the Full List". Billboard. April 17, 2018. Retrieved April 17, 2018. 
  40. ^ "2018 Ascap Pop Awards". ASCAP. Retrieved April 24, 2018. 

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