Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph (born October 22, 1992), better known by his stage name 21 Savage, is an American rapper. He received attention for projects such as Free Guwop (2015) as well as Savage Mode (2016, with Metro Boomin) before going on to release his debut album, Issa Album, in 2017.
He is best known for his songs “Bank Account” (2017), “X and No Heart” (2016), and his feature on Post Malone’s “Rockstar” (2017), which peaked at number one on the US Billboard Hot 100.
Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph was born on October 22, 1992, in Atlanta, Georgia. He was raised by his mother Heather, who is of Dominican descent and father who is of Haitian descent, and his four brothers and six sisters, though one is deceased due to a shooting after a drug deal.
In the seventh grade, Abraham-Joseph was banned permanently from every school in the DeKalb County School District due to gun possession. He began attending schools around the Atlanta metropolitan area before being sent to a youth detention center.In 2013, on his 21st birthday, Abraham-Joseph was shot six times and his best friend was killed during an attempted robbery.z
On November 12, 2014, 21 Savage’s debut single, “Picky”, produced by DJ Plugg, was released. It was later included on his debut mixtape, The Slaughter Tape, which was released on May 25, 2015.
On July 2, 2015, 21 Savage released a collaborative EP, Free Guwop, with Sonny DigitalIt is a tribute EP to fellow rapper and influence Gucci Mane. On December 1, 2015, 21 Savage released his second mixtape, Slaughter King.
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, which became 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 in the US, being 21’s 1st platinum record. On January 18, 2017, 21 Savage announced that he had signed to Epic Records.
In 2017, his debut studio album, Issa Album, reached at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart. Its lead single, “Bank Account”, charted in the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100. Later that year, he was featured on Post Malone’s single “Rockstar”, which peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and broke several records.
In April 2018, 21 Savage had a guest appearance on Young Thug’s extended play Hear No Evil along with fellow rappers Nicki Minaj and Lil Uzi Vert. Later that month he also appeared on the single “Outstanding” by SahBabii. In March 21 was featured on the single “Rover 2.0”, which is part of BlocBoy JB’s Simi mixtape. In the following month, he was featured on Ty Dolla Sign’s “Clout”, which is part of the upcoming deluxe edition of last years’s Beach House 3.
In 2018, 21 Savage reportedly started a movement called “Guns Down, Paintballs Up” which was intended to reduce gun violence. The head of the Detroit Police Department, James Craig, described the movement as “well-intentioned, however, misguided”. The movement has been linked to several cases of property crime and homicide. 21 Savage has not commented on the matter, although he paid for the funeral of a 3-year old who was killed in a related incident.
21 Savage practices the African religion Ifá. In summer 2017, Savage started dating model Amber Rose. As of March 2018, the couple have separated. It’s been reported that the relationship ended over Rose cheating. Its been confirmed that Amber Rose never cheated on 21 savage by both 21 and Amber herself. He also has three children.
Main article: 21 Savage discography
Issa Album (2017)
Without Warning (with Offset and Metro Boomin) (2017)
Free Guwop (2015)
Savage Mode (with Metro Boomin) (2016)
The Slaughter Tape (2015)
Slaughter King (2015)
Awards and nominations
|2018||BET Awards||Best New Artist||Himself||Nominated|
|iHeartRadio Music Awards||Best New Hip-Hop Artist||Nominated|
|Hip-Hop Song of the Year||“Rockstar” (with Post Malone)||Nominated|
|Billboard Music Awards||Top New Artist||Himself||Nominated|
|Top Hot 100 Song||“Rockstar” (with Post Malone)||Nominated|
|Top Streaming Song (Audio)||Nominated|
|Top Rap Song||Won|
|ASCAP Pop Awards||Winning Songs||Won|