Rapper 21 Savage has given his first interview since his release on bond, saying he was deliberately targeted and tracked with a helicopter by cops who said ‘we got savage’ when they snared him.
The Grammy nominated star spoke with
In the interview, set to air Friday morning, 21 Savage told ABC News’ Linsey Davis: ‘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. There was helicopters.’ He later clarified there was one helicopter.
The 26-year-old recording artist’s legal team have already raised the possibility that 21 Savage was the victim of a vendetta by ICE officials who were angered by his criticism of Trump’s family separation policy at the US-Mexico border.
Rapper 21 Savage has given his first interview since his release on bond
The musician spoke with Good Morning America and told ABC News’ Linsey Davis, right, he was deliberately targeted and tracked with a helicopter
He flew home on a private jet soon after being released from an detention center on a $100,000 bond in Georgia Wednesday. He was arrested on February 3.
The rapper, whose given name is She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, posed with his mother, Heather Joseph, as they prepared to board the plane.
ICE officials said the British citizen overstayed his visa and has an October 2014 felony conviction in Fulton County.
They have accused him of living a ‘false’ life in the U.S. and said he came legally to America in July 2005 when he was aged 12. Officials said his visa expired a year later and he has lived in the U.S. illegally ever since.
But his lawyers have said the rapper was brought to the U.S. when he was seven and his legal status expired in 2006 through no fault of his own. They characterized him as a ‘Dreamer’ who has been the victim of a ‘great deal of misreporting’ that’s led to ‘false conclusions’.
According to his birth certificate, he was born on October 22, 1992, at Newham Hospital, in east London, to British parents, Heather Joseph and Kevin Emmons. He lived in the UK for 12 years before moving to Atlanta, Georgia.
His fans were shocked when he was arrested because they believed that he was born and raised in Atlanta given his thick Georgian accent. He has also never denied claims he was born and bred in the city where he is raising three young children.
Savage 21 left the Georgia ICE detention center in a private jet and was pictured with his mom after being released from custody on $100,000 bond Wednesday
The 26-year-old recording artist was arrested on February 3 after officials said the British citizen overstayed his visa. His lawyers have said the rapper was brought to the U.S. when he was seven and his legal status expired in 2006 through no fault of his own
Artists, such as Post Malone, pictured, showed their support backstage at the Grammys
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The rapper quickly rose in the Atlanta underground music scene after a pair of 2015 mix-tapes. Collaborations with Atlanta artists including Metro Boomin and Offset of rap group Migos raised his profile.
He has also collaborated with Drake, Cardi B, as well as Post Malone and was scheduled to perform at Sunday night’s Grammy show prior to his arrest.
Stars including Kendrick Lamar, DJ Khaled and SZA and have all rushed to support the musician. Jay-Z called his detention ‘an absolute travesty’.
But an ICE spokesman has called ‘his whole public persona false’. They added: ‘He actually came to the US from the UK as a teen and overstayed his visa.’
Officials also say he’s guilty of felony drug charges dating back to October 2014. His attorneys have disputed that.
Savage called himself a ‘Dreamer’ before describing how he had ‘three US Citizen children’ and had been working on a U Visa before he was detained by ICE, in a statement released by his legal team (Pictured: Savage with his father and two sisters as a child)
He was born in London on October 22, 1992 at Newham Hospital, to British parents
21 Savage had applied for a U-Visa in 2017 and it was still being processed when he was arrested. His team insist that he has very permanent ties to the country.
‘Mr Abraham-Joseph has three US Citizen children, a lawful permanent resident mother and four siblings that are either US Citizens or lawful permanent residents,’ the release said.
‘This U visa was filed as a result of being the victim of a deadly shooting in 2013. That visa was filed in 2017 and remains pending,’ the statement added.