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21 Savage
21 Savage
21 Savage performing in 2017
Joseph performing in 2017
Background information
Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph[1]
Born (1992-10-22) October 22, 1992 (age 25)
Dominican republic [2]
Origin Atlanta, Georgia U.S.
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Instruments Vocals
Website 21savage.com

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.[4] He is best known for his songs "Bank Account" (2017), "No Heart" (2016), and "X" (2016), and "Rockstar" (2017), with Post Malone, which peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100.[5]

Early life

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,[6] though one is deceased due to a shooting after a drug deal.[7] In the seventh grade, Abraham-Joseph was banned permanently from every school in the DeKalb County School District due to gun possession.[8] He began attending schools around the Atlanta metropolitan area before being sent to a youth detention center.[9]

Growing up, Abraham-Joseph was in a gang that was associated with the Bloods and committed numerous criminal acts with them.[10] In 2013, on his 21st birthday, Abraham-Joseph was shot six times and his best friend was killed during an attempted robbery.[11]


2014-15: Early releases

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, released on May 25, 2015.[12]

On July 2, 2015, 21 Savage released a collaborative EP, Free Guwop, with Sonny Digital.[13] It is a tribute EP to fellow rapper and influence Gucci Mane. On December 1, 2015, 21 Savage released his second mixtape, Slaughter King.[14]

2016-present: Savage Mode and Issa Album

In June 2016, 21 Savage was named as one of the "Freshman Class" of 2016 by XXL.[15] 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.[16] He was on the cover of Fader.[17] His single "X" featuring Future on the EP was confirmed by Billboard as going platinum in the US, being 21's 1st platinum record.[18] On January 18, 2017, 21 Savage announced that he had signed to Epic Records.[3]

In 2017, his debut studio album, Issa Album, reached at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart.[19] Its lead single, "Bank Account", charted in the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100.[20] Later that year, he was featured on Post Malone's single "Rockstar", which peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100,[5] and broke several records.[21][22]

Personal life

21 Savage practices Ifá.[23][24][25][26] In summer 2017, Savage started dating model Amber Rose.[27][28] As of March 2018, the couple have separated.[29] He has three children.[30]


Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result
2018 BET Awards Best New Artist Himself Nominated
iHeartRadio Music Awards Best New Hip-Hop Artist Nominated
Hip-Hop Song of the Year Rockstar Nominated
Billboard Music Awards Top New Artist Himself Nominated
Top Hot 100 Song Rockstar Nominated
Top Streaming Song (Audio) Nominated
Top Collaboration Nominated
Top Rap Song Nominated


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  5. ^ a b "Post Malone's Rockstar Hits No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 Chart - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved . 
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  14. ^ Rose Lilah (2 December 2015). "21 Savage - Slaughter King - Download & Listen [New Mixtape]". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 2016. 
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  18. ^ Weinstein, Max (November 22, 2016). "21 Savage Gets His First Platinum Record With "X"". Retrieved 2016. 
  19. ^ Caulfield, Keith (July 16, 2017). "21 Savage & Haim Debut in Top 10 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart". Billboard. Retrieved 2017. 
  20. ^ "Hot 100: Niall Horan's "Slow Hands" Enters Top 15, 21 Savage's "Bank Account" Top 20". Headline Planet. August 7, 2017. Retrieved 2017. 
  21. ^ "Post Malone Breaks Spotify Global Record With Rockstar - XXL". XXL Mag. Retrieved . 
  22. ^ "Post Malone & 21 Savage's 'Rockstar' Is Now Certified Platinum". Billboard. Retrieved . 
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  25. ^ Tayo, Ayomide O. "21 Savage, the hottest rapper in America worships Ifa". Retrieved . 
  26. ^ "Savage World". The FADER. Retrieved . 
  27. ^ Coleman II, C. Vernon (February 10, 2018). "Amber Rose Sniffs 21 Savage's Underwear When She Misses Him". XXL. Retrieved 2018. 
  28. ^ "21 Savage Got The Sexiest Gift From Amber Rose For Valentine's Day". BET. February 14, 2018. Retrieved 2018. 
  29. ^ Mizoguchi, Karen; Rubenstein, Janine (March 14, 2018). "Amber Rose and 21 Savage Split After Nearly 2 Years of Dating". People. Retrieved 2018. 
  30. ^ "Does 21 Savage have any kids?". Capital XTRA. Retrieved 2018. 

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