“It was definitely targeted”: 21 Savage speaks out on ICE arrest for the first time

"I was in the back of a car. And I was gone"

21 Savage has publicly spoken out for the first time since he was arrested and detained by immigration officials in the US earlier this month.

The acclaimed rapper, real name She’yaa Bin Abraham Joseph, was arrested by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) earlier this month as the department claimed that the rapper is a British citizen who “is unlawfully present in the U.S.” after overstaying his visa.

Savage’s lawyers later confirmed that the rapper was born in London, clarifying that he moved to the US with his parents in 1999 at the age of 7 and that his legal status in the country expired in July 2006 “through no fault of his own”.


While the threat of deportation still looms large, Savage was released on Tuesday (February 12) after a week behind bars and spoke about his ordeal in a new interview with Good Morning America.

Recalling the moment of the original arrest in the interview, which aired in the US this morning (February 15), he said: “I was just driving. And I just seen guns and blue lights. And, then, I was in the back of a car. And I was gone.

“They didn’t — they didn’t say nothing. They just said, ‘We got Savage’… It was definitely targeted.”

Savage also said that he was reluctantly “accepting” about the prospect that he could be deported following the outcome of his upcoming hearing, as he’s “learned to embrace the times when I’m down, because they always build me up and take me to a new level in life.

“Even if I’m sitting in a cell on 23-hour lockdown, in my mind, I know what’s gonna come after that,” he added. “So I’m not happy about it. But I’m accepting of it.”


In the days following his arrest, Savage received an outpouring of support from figures including Jay-Z, who branded his arrest an “absolute travesty”.


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