21 Savage's Legal Team Releases Statement Addressing His Arrest

21 Savage’s legal team has spoken out following the rapper’s recent arrest and potential deportation. Complex reports that 21 was born in the U.K. and came to the U.S. legally when he was 7-years-old. He allegedly stayed in the states until June 2005, when he briefly returned to the U.K. for about a month. 21 came back to the U.S. in July 2005 under a valid H-4 visa. However, his legal team says that he "lost his legal status through no fault of his own" the following year.

21’s attorneys are looking to have the rapper granted bond because they do not feel he is a flight risk or a danger to the community. They also noted that ICE gave misinformation about the rapper’s criminal history, and that he doesn’t have any convictions or charges under state or federal law.

The lengthy statement, which was released on Tuesday (February 5th), also touched on 21’s Georgia roots. His lawyers mentioned that he has been in the U.S. for decades, he has family members who are legal residents and three U.S. citizen children, and he has also given back to the community. The rapper’s attorneys also suggested that 21 may have been targeted by ICE over his 2018 song, "a lot," where he criticized the country’s immigration policies, rapping, "Went through some things, but I couldn't imagine my kids stuck at the border/Flint still need water, n***as was innocent, couldn’t get lawyers."


Meanwhile, in a since-deleted tweet, 21’s manager, Stone Mound Meezy, gave an update on the rapper’s situation. He said on Tuesday, "He is in lockdown for 23hrs of the day no tv or any communication besides our 10 min phone calls. Everything I’ve told him that has been happening made him happy & makes this time fly by thank y’all for the support."