Rapper 21 Savage is about to be a free man.
The “Bank Account” crooner was grabbed up by ICE shortly before Super Bowl Sunday festivities kicked off in Atlanta. The rapper’s lawyer Charles Kuck said that his client was granted bond over a week later and is set to be released right away, most likely on Wednesday.
While many wanted to blame recent American politics on the round up, it’s being reported that Savage was facing deportation because he is a British citizen from the London Borough of Newham and was in the United States on an expired Visa and a felony conviction.
Rapper 21 Savage is set to be released from jail after being arrested by ICE shortly before the Super Bowl.
After his arrest, ICE said 21 Savage entered the U.S. legally in July 2005, when he was 12, but has remained in the country illegally since his visa expired in July 2006. He was convicted on felony drug charges in October 2014 in Fulton County, Georgia. He was placed in deportation proceedings in federal immigration court.
The rapper’s lawyers disputed that. They said last week that Abraham-Joseph came to the U.S. when he was 7 and remained in the country until June 2005, when he went to visit the United Kingdom for a month. He returned on a valid visa on July 22, 2005, they said.
Federal immigration officials have known Savage’s illegal status since at least 2017, when he applied for a new visa. That application is pending, his attorneys said.
The attorneys also said ICE was incorrect that the rapper has a felony conviction on his record. Fulton County prosecutors said they could not provide information on that case because it is sealed. At this time, it’s not looking good for 21 Savage with the odds being against him to stay in the US.
Abraham-Joseph was nominated for two awards at the Grammys, including record of the year for “Rockstar” alongside Post Malone. His second solo album “I Am I Was,” released in December, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.