Named a day after the rapper: How a black musician made December 21 his holiday

Today in our article is the story of one of today's most successful rappers - 21 Savage. How did he manage to gain popularity and why was the rapper almost deported from the USA? Read on.

Everything about the 21 Savage rapper: popularity story, charity, recognition.

Rap music became popular after the decline of the rock era, when guys singing about life in poor neighborhoods in the United States began to appear on the underground scene. This rebellion against the oppression of ordinary people from the ghetto gained widespread popularity, and soon, like all musical genres, began to be modified. Over time, in addition to gangsta rap, there emerged subgenresTrap music, thrill music, and others, which have slightly changed the theme of the songs.

Today we will talk about one of the representatives of the new school of rap. 21 Savageand trace the path of his formation as an artist.

Who is 21 Savage and why is he so famous?

Sheya Bin Abraham-Joseph
Sheya Bin Abraham-Joseph

Sheya Bin Abraham-JosephThe musician, who is better known to the public as 21 Savage, began his career in Atlanta, Georgia. The musician was born in London, but after several years of living there he moved to the USA with his mother. The future rapper was not a diligent student: in the seventh grade he was expelled from school for possession of weapons. Soon he began attending school in the inner city, and a little later Sheya ended up behind bars. Never finishing his education, after his release from juvenile detention, he joined one of the gangs selling Drugs. So 21 Savage became a regular drug dealer. In 2013, on his twenty-first birthday, the future rapper got into shootoutIn which his best friend was killed.

21 Savage
21 Savage

After the death of a friend, 21 Savage delved into the music. The musician made his early recordings in a studio provided by his deceased friend's father. In the fall of 2014, his debut singlewhich was included in the mixtape "The Slaughter Tape". For this song the young rapper would later be called underground hero Atlanta.

In 2015, the rapper released an EP in collaboration with Sonny Digital. A few months later the musician released his own mixtape "Slaughter King".

21 Savage. 2021
21 Savage. 2021

Released in 2016, the album "Savage Mode." reached number 23 on the Billboard 200 and was the first album to reach the top spot on the chart. The single "X" was named platinum In the United States.

A year later, the album "Issa Album." was number two on the Billboard 200, and the song "Bank Account" reached number 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. An even bigger success was the single by rapper Post Malone "Rockstar."On which 21 Savage also worked. This composition was the first song for the young rapper that rose to to the top many charts.

Second studio album "I Am > I Was." was released in 2018 with many stars of the current rap scene, including Travis Scott, Offset, and Lil Baby. The album topped the Billboard 200 chart, and the title song "A Lot" earned the musician an Grammy.

Since 2020, the rapper has collaborated with Metro Boomin, Drake and DJ Khaled. In October 2022, Drake announced joint with 21 Savage album.

Why they wanted to deport him

21 Savage on Stage
21 Savage on Stage

In summer 2005 Shaya flew to Great Britain for his uncle's funeral and then returned to the United States on an H-4 visa, which was about to expire.

In 2019, the rapper was arrested by the Immigration Service. He was a British citizen who had entered the United States in July 2005 and remained in the country on overdue H-4 visa. The musician was supposed to deportBut he was released from custody on bail. The artist's attorneys were able to justify Shaya's misconduct, specifying that the young man was a legal resident of the United States until 2005.

Shaya's Philanthropy

Shaya on Stage. 2021
Shaya on Stage. 2021

Like many stars, 21 Savage has contributed not only to music, but also to society. From 2016 to 2019, Shaya hosted Issa Back to School Drive in their home district. This drive helped prepare children for school by giving them the necessary supplies and school uniforms.

In early 2018, 21 Savage announced the creation of a campaign "21 Savage Bank Account."The rapper was also a member of the Atlanta School Board, which was aimed at teaching kids how to save money and make money. Some time later, the rapper donated $10,000 to an Atlanta school to fund a program to anti-bullying.

21 Savage. 2020
21 Savage. 2020

At the time of lockdown, the rapper announced the launch of free financial literacy programs for children; working with the mayor of Atlanta allowed the rapper to get all children had access to an online course.

They named the day of the year after him!

21 Savage at the Awards
21 Savage at the Awards

State of Georgia officially recognized 21 Savage's service to the community. Billy Mitchell, who is a state representative, handed the rapper papers confirming that the day December 21 is now considered day 21 of Savage.

This honor was bestowed upon the musician for humanitarian aid to parents and children in impoverished neighborhoods. Through his charity program, the singer helped win some children grants and scholarships for students, and for Christmas the Shaya Foundation gave out gifts needy families.

About the new musical generation

Run-D.M.C. Band.
Run-D.M.C. Band.

A new school of hip-hop music is emerging in the middle of 80s of the last century. The history of the new school began with the performers Run-D.M.C. and LL Cool J. They created a particular style characterized by a minimalist sound using drum machines; there was mockery and bravado in the lyrics of the songs. Over time, many other movements emerged that grew along with the new school. One of these is. gangsta rap.

Gangster rap celebrates the aesthetics of American street gangs. This trend is characterized by an underground sound, which was clearly shown in the works of Ice-T, N.W.A. and 2Pac. In the early 90's gangsta rap rose to a high position and gained popularity, also due to the work of Dr. Dre and rapper Snoop Dogg.

Rapper Snoop Dogg
Rapper Snoop Dogg

After the real success of gangsta rap between 1988 and 1995, which is most commonly referred to as golden for the number of hits and musicians who have put the new genre on solid footing, comes chic era. After the deaths of some of the genre's heroes, Tupac and The Notorious B.I.G., the style changed a bit. The new rap heroes, who were already popular by the 2000s, came from the East Coast rap scene, where the hardcore rap singers. The heirs of hard rap were Jay-Z, DMX, 50 Cent and G-Unit.

By 2009, gangsta rap's popularity was declining, and by the early 2010s a subgenre of hip-hop music was being born drill. It is represented by Midwestern artists: Chief Keef, Lil Durk, King Von and others. Continuers their beginnings in modern rap were ASAP Roky, XXXTentacion and 21 Savage.


A new generation of rap music is creating Great from the old school sound, and also changes the subject of their songs. New-school's popularity is due to their unobtrusive sound, modern lyrics, and unique style, which is often based on their own life experience. Honesty and Protest Against the Rules Bribe devoted listeners of the new rap school.

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