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21 Savage

21 Savage
Rapper 21 Savage.jpg
21 Savage in 2016.
Background information
Birth name Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph
Also known as
  • 21 Savage
  • The Slaughter King
  • 21
Born (1992-10-22) October 22, 1992 (age 25)[1]
Dominica[2]
Origin Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2013–present
Labels Slaughter Gang LLC/ Epic[3]
Associated acts
Website 21savage.com

Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph (born October 22, 1992), better known by his stage name 21 Savage, is an American rapper from Atlanta, Georgia. He was best known for his mixtapes, The Slaughter Tape and Slaughter King and his extended plays Free Guwop and Savage Mode with Metro Boomin[1][4][5] before the release of his debut album, ISSA and its lead single, "Bank Account".

Early life

Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph was born on October 22, 1992,[1] in Dominica.[2] He was raised by his mother Heather, who is of Dominica 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 excluded 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 a member of the Bloods 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 career

2014–15: Early releases

On November 12, 2014, 21 Savage's debut single, "Picky", produced by DJ Plugg, was released. It was later released 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 Album

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, becoming 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]

His debut studio album Issa Album debuted at number 2 on the US Billboard 200 chart.[19] Its lead single "Bank Account" has reached the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100.[20]

Personal life

21 Savage practices Ifá, as he stated in an interview.[21][22][23][24][25] This religion is better known as the Yoruba religion, which is practiced predominantly by the Yoruba people of Nigeria.[26][27][28]

One of 21 Savage's most distinct physical features is a pair of tattoos on his forehead. Between his eyes is a dagger - a tribute to a similar tattoo of his deceased brother Quantivayus.[29]

21 Savage is currently in a relationship with model Amber Rose.[30][31][32]

Discography

References

  1. ^ a b c "Shayaa Joseph's Mugshot". Retrieved July 19, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "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. ^ "21 SAVAGE Trademark Application of Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph - Serial Number 87155110 :: Justia Trademarks". 
  5. ^ "The Break Presents: 21 Savage". XXLMag.com. October 9, 2015. Retrieved July 19, 2016. 
  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. ^ "No Joke, You Should Definitely Watch 21 Savage's Entire 'Breakfast Club' Interview". Noisey. Retrieved 2017-04-06. 
  22. ^ Barshad, Amos. "Savage World". The Fader. The Fader. Retrieved 9 February 2017. 
  23. ^ Tayo, Ayomide O. "21 Savage, the hottest rapper in America worships Ifa". Retrieved 2017-04-06. 
  24. ^ "Savage World". The FADER. Retrieved 2017-04-06. 
  25. ^ "21 Savage and many Atlantans practice African "Ifa" religion". boxden.com. Retrieved 2017-04-06. 
  26. ^ "Ifa: the religion of the Yoruba peoples". www.religioustolerance.org. Retrieved 2017-04-06. 
  27. ^ "Reunion Black Family.". Reunion Black Family. Retrieved 2017-04-06. 
  28. ^ "Ancient African Religion Finds Roots In America". NPR.org. Retrieved 2017-04-06. 
  29. ^ "Savage World". The FADER. Retrieved 2017-08-24. 
  30. ^ "21 Savage & Amber Rose Apparently The Real Deal". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 2017-07-03. 
  31. ^ "Amber Rose and 21 Savage in Full-Blown 'Meet the Family' Relationship". TMZ. Retrieved 2017-07-03. 
  32. ^ "21 Savage Fires Back at Hate Over Expressing Feelings to Amber Rose - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved 2017-07-03.