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21 Savage
21 Savage
Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph
  • 21 Savage
  • 21
Born (1992-10-22) October 22, 1992 (age 25)[1]
Roseau, Dominica[2]
Origin Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Genres
  • Rapper
  • songwriter
  • record producer
Instruments Vocals
2013-present
Labels
Website 21savage.com

Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph (born October 22, 1992), known professionally as 21 Savage, is an American rapper known for his mixtapes The Slaughter Tape (2015) and Slaughter King (2015) and his EPs Free Guwop (2015) and Savage Mode (2016) with Metro Boomin[1][4][5] before the release of his debut album, Issa Album (2017) and its lead single, "Bank Account".

Early life

Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph was born on October 22, 1992,[1] in Roseau, Dominica.[2] He was raised by his mother Heather, who is of Dominican 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 barred 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 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]

Music career

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]

His debut studio album Issa Album debuted at number 2 on the US Billboard 200 chart.[19] Its lead single "Bank Account" has reached the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100.[20]

He was featured on Post Malone's number 1 song "Rockstar". The song broke many records including longest running hip hop song in the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100.[21]

Personal life

21 Savage practices Ifá, as he stated in an interview.[22][23][24][25]

Discography

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominated Work Result Ref.
2018 BET Awards Best New Artist Himself Nominated [26]
iHeartRadio Music Awards Best New Hip-Hop Artist Pending [27]
Hip-Hop Song of the Year "Rockstar" Pending

References

  1. ^ a b c "Shayaa Joseph's Mugshot". Retrieved 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "21 Savage SXSW 2016 Event Schedule". SXSW Schedule 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "21 Savage Inks Record Deal With Epic Records". Retrieved 2017. 
  4. ^ "21 SAVAGE Trademark Application of Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph - Serial Number 87155110 :: Justia Trademarks". 
  5. ^ "The Break Presents: 21 Savage". XXLMag.com. October 9, 2015. Retrieved 2016. 
  6. ^ "Savage World". The FADER. 
  7. ^ "The Brutal Story Behind 21 Savage's Dagger Face Tattoo". DJBooth. Retrieved . 
  8. ^ Hip Hops Revival (2015-11-01), 21 Savage (Says He Was Kicked Out Of School For Bringing A Gun), retrieved  
  9. ^ "Everything You Need To Know About 21 Savage". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved . 
  10. ^ djvlad (2016-07-13), 21 Savage on Turning "Savage" After Getting Shot in the Neck & Losing Friend, retrieved  
  11. ^ "Meet 21 Savage, Atlanta's Most Respected New Rapper". The FADER. Retrieved . 
  12. ^ "21 Savage - The Slaughter Tape". LiveMixtapes. Retrieved 2016. 
  13. ^ "21 Savage - Free Guwop EP". LiveMixtapes. Retrieved 2016. 
  14. ^ Rose Lilah (2 December 2015). "21 Savage - Slaughter King - Download & Listen [New Mixtape]". HotNewHipHop. Retrieved 2016. 
  15. ^ "XXL Freshman Class Cover 2016". June 13, 2016. 
  16. ^ "21 Savage - Chart History: Billboard 200". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2016. 
  17. ^ Lilah, Rose. "21 Savage on the cover of Fader". Retrieved 2016. 
  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. ^ http://www.popflock.com/learn?s=Rockstar_(Post_Malone_song)#cite_note-20
  22. ^ "No Joke, You Should Definitely Watch 21 Savage's Entire 'Breakfast Club' Interview". Noisey. Retrieved . 
  23. ^ Barshad, Amos. "Savage World". The Fader. The Fader. Retrieved 2017. 
  24. ^ Tayo, Ayomide O. "21 Savage, the hottest rapper in America worships Ifa". Retrieved . 
  25. ^ "Savage World". The FADER. Retrieved . 
  26. ^ "Beyoncé and Bruno Mars Top 2017 BET Awards Nominees Slate". Billboard. May 15, 2017. Retrieved 2018. 
  27. ^ "2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards: See The Full List of Nominee". iHeartRadio. January 10, 2018. Retrieved 2018. 

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