Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph (born October 22, 1992), better known by his stage name 21 Savage, is an American rapper from Atlanta, Georgia. He is best known for his mixtapes, The Slaughter Tape and Slaughter King and his extended plays Free Guwop and Savage Mode with Metro Boomin.
Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph was born on October 22, 1992, in Dominica. He was raised by his mother Heather, who is of Dominica descent, and his four brothers and six sisters. As a teenager he joined the Bloods gang.
2014–2015: The Slaughter Tape, Free Guwop and Slaughter King
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.
On July 2, 2015, 21 Savage released a collaborative EP, Free Guwop, with Sonny Digital. It is a tribute EP to fellow rapper and influence Gucci Mane. On December 1, 2015, 21 Savage released his second mixtape, Slaughter King.
2016–present: XXL and Savage Mode with Metro Boomin
In June 2016, 21 Savage was named as one of the “Freshman Class” of 2016 by XXL.
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. He was on the cover of Fader. His single “X” featuring Future on the EP was confirmed by Billboard as going platinum, being 21’s 1st platinum record. On January 18, 2017, 21 Savage announced that he had signed to Epic Records.
In the seventh grade, 21 Savage was expelled from middle school for gun possession. He mentions the incident in his song, “No Heart”.
21 Savage practices Ifá, as he stated in an interview. This religion is better known as the Yoruba religion, which is practiced predominantly by the Yoruba people of Nigeria.
21 Savage is currently in a relationship with model Amber Rose.
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