21 Savage recalls being bullied in school because of his British citizenship.
During 21’s 2019 ICE arrest, many people took the opportunity to crack jokes about the rapper’s UK roots. However, 21 reveals that the bullying started long before then.
Last month, the rapper endorsed endorsed Georgia Democratic governor candidate Stacey Abrams campaign event. While there, 21 spoke about his issues with bullying and how it resulted in him getting kicked out of school.
“Like, I went through a lot,” he said. “I wasn’t born here. I just feel like, people in schools they don’t get paid enough to do the work they really need to. So I think that’s where it started.”
Abrams added, “I think what’s so important and your willingness to share it is that many of the challenges we see start in school. When young people are treated like tiny criminals, when they are bullied. It not only changes your experience, it changes your outlook.”
In 2019, 21 Savage, real name Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested by U.S. ICE agents during a traffic stop. Federal agents claim 21 threw a bottle of codeine outside of his car. They also allegedly found a handgun inside of the vehicle.
21 is still currently facing deportation but is remaining hopeful in his legal team.