21 Savage, whose given name is She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph and was born in England, was arrested by immigration authorities for overstaying his visa and held for nine days. That arrest forced him to miss his performance at the Grammy Awards.
In an exclusive interview with ABC’s Linsey Davis, he described what happened when he was pulled over in Atlanta, just hours before the Super Bowl.
“I don’t even know. 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,” he said.
21 Savage said authorities didn’t tell him why he was being arrested initially only that they said, “We got Savage.”
When asked if he thought he was targeted, 21 Savage said, “It was definitely targeted.”
“I’ve been here 20 years, 19 years. This is all I know. I don’t feel like you should be arrested and put in a place where a murderer will be for just being in the country for too long,” 21 Savage said.
Davis asked the rapper if he’s now concerned about being kicked out of the country.
“Yeah, but I feel like I done been through so much in my life. I learned to embrace the times when I’m down ’cause they always build me up,” 21 Savage said.
On Wednesday 21 Savage was released on $100,000 bond.