A few weeks ago US Immigration and Customs Enforcement arrested 21 Savage and fans were shocked when detailed with information he was in fact from the UK. Recently New York Times reporter Jon Caramanica caught up with 21 for an interview where he opened up about coming to the U.S. as a child and his recent arrest and incarceration.
During the interview the “Iam > Iwas” rapper admitted he once had a British accent as a kid and was teased for it when he began school in the United States.
“I had a accent, ’cause my first day of school they was making fun of me so I beat somebody up, and they was calling me ‘taekwondo kid,’” he explained. “My mama whupped me, she made me stay in the house. So I know I had a accent, but I been here 20 years — I don’t know what happened to it.”
21 also after being asked touched on when he first was aware of his immigration status.
“Probably like the age when you start to get your driver’s license. I couldn’t never take driver’s ed, I couldn’t never go get a job. About that age. It felt impossible. It got to the point where I just learned to live without it. ’Cause I still ain’t got it, I’m 26, and I’m rich. So, just learned to live without it.
Later in the interview, the ATL artist was asked about his time being locked down and how he felt knowing he had a performance with Post Malone he was missing.
“Yeah, I was supposed to perform. He wore the 21 Savage shirt, so I felt like I was there. I don’t care what nobody say everybody in that building who’s connected to this culture, I was on their mind in some type of way. That’s all that mattered. They didn’t have to say it ’cause everybody knew it. It was in the air. All the people that was there, they said the words in other places and that matter just as much. All the big artists was vocal about the situation, so I was appreciative. Even the Memes”.
Surprisenly 21 Savage was actually appreciative of the many memes that were throwing shade on his new-found British heritage.
“Some of them was funny, I ain’t gonna lie,” he says. “I was appreciative of that. I coulda been another person who just, ‘He locked up? Damn,’ and nobody said nothing. Some people, I see why they was mad. It ain’t about the meme, it’s about the bigger picture.
“But I done been through way worse things in my life than somebody putting me on a meme. I been shot — what is a meme? A meme is nothing. That’s something on the internet that I can do like this [turns over phone] and never see again. I look at bullet scars every day, so it’s like, a meme, bro?”
Read the full article via. the New York Times Here.