Grammynominated rapper 21 Savage revealed to be British despite reputation built on

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. She later wrote on Instagram that she “wasn’t laughing at anyone getting deported.””I know that’s not a joke… not have I EVER laughed at that. The meme I posted/was talking about was of him being writing with a feather pen,” she said.In interviews, Abraham-Joseph spoke of being shown his first gun at the age of eight, being thrown out of school at 12 or 13 for having a .25 pistol and of growing up on the East Side of Atlanta.But his birth certificate reveals he was born in Newham Hospital, east London, to a sales assistant father named Kevin and a mother called Heather.According to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the 26-year-old is an “unlawfully present United Kingdom national” who entered the US in 2005 when he was 12 on a one-year visa and never left.His album I Am > I Was recently debut at the top of the Billboard chart. Next week he is up for two Grammy Awards including Record of the Year for Rockstar, which he recorded with Post Malone.Abraham-Joseph’s background, as he described it, was a powerful part of his appeal. He told of being shot six times on his 21st birthday and wrote on Instagram: “I been shot, stabbed, lied to, cheated on, hated on, betrayed, held back, left out, counted out, locked up, broke, rich, homeless, and everything else you can think.” The Foreign Office said staff are aware of the case. A Grammy-nominated rapper who built his reputation on a tough upbringing in Atlanta, Georgia surrounded by drugs and guns is actually British, it has been revealed, as other rap artists share their shock that he may be deported.US immigration officers detained 21 Savage, whose real name is Sheyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, on Sunday for allegedly overstaying his visa.After Abraham-Joseph’s status became public, other rappers rushed to show their support and called for him to be allowed to remain in the country.American rap artist Killer Mike tweeted: “My sincere hope is to see this young man who has made a way for himself allowed to stay and continue to prosper and grow his legacy.”Sincere prayers for him and his family and team. @21savage Should be allowed to remain in this country.”US rappers Lil Yachty and Meek Mill both tweeted similar messages calling for 21 Savage to be freed.And American social media personality Karen Civil tweeted: “The 21Savage arrest is beyond sad, he has been doing such incredible things in the community and changing the stigma of people perceive rappers to think/be.”Demi Lovato came under fire and ended up deleting her Twitter account after she shared a meme showing a person writing with a quill in candlelight, captioned: “This how 21 Savage be writing his verses”. When recounting his story to interviewers, he invariably began with being expelled from Stone Mountain Middle School in DeKalb County, Georgia. “I probably broke the record for the youngest n—– to bring a gun to that school,” he has said.References to his life before that are few and far between. His mother is said to be from Dominica, a former British colony. He said the year of his birth, 1992, was marked by the LA riots, and mentioned that he he had “wanted to go into the Air Force” as a young boy. He was shown a gun by his “Uncle Dae Dae” at eight and grew up moving between “beat-up a– apartments”.Asked in one interview at what age he became aware of drugs and crime, he replied: “My whole life, really,” describing his father as a crack addict.The tattoo of a dagger between his eyes he described as a tribute to his brother, Tayman, who was apparently shot dead in a botched drug deal.He was arrested in 2014 on felony drug charges but at that time the US Department of Homeland Security was unaware of his nationality.His father is still listed at an address in Brixton, south London, where a man claiming to be Savage’s cousin said: “I am not saying anything. He told everybody at home not to talk. He has already sent the message round to everybody.”

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