Drake Provides Update On 21 Savage's Immigration Status

By Tony M. Centeno

October 5, 2023

21 Savage and Drake
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Drake said a lot in his latest song from his new album, but he also provided an important life update about his touring partner 21 Savage.

On Friday, October 5, Drake dropped his new single "8AM in Charlotte," in which he proclaimed that 21 Savage recently received his green card. This comes as amazing news for 21's fans around the world since the Atlanta-based rapper couldn't leave the United States due to his previous issues with his immigration status.

"Savage got a green card straight out of the consulate," Drake raps at the end of his first verse. "Where I go, you go, brother, we Yugoslavian."

According to TMZ, Drake's bars are legit. The outlet confirmed with the the Dekalb County Clerk that 21 Savage's immigration has officially been closed. The "Mr. Right Now" rapper's issues began back in 2019 when he was detained by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after he was pulled over by police in Atlanta. The world learned that 21 was actually born in the U.K and was living in the U.S. illegally after his visa expired.

Authorities also allege that the rapper chucked a bottle of codeine out of the car window before they discovered a gun in the vehicle he was in, which made things worse. Due to the criminal nature of the case, 21 Savage's immigration proceedings were put on hold until the criminal charges were addressed. Following the pandemic, there was no real update on 21's immigration case until now.

21 Savage wasn't able to attend any of the tour dates in Canada due to his immigration status. Now that he's got his green card, it looks like he'll be able to make it to the final two-day finale in Drake's hometown this weekend.

"She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph followed all applicable Immigration laws since his initial detention by ICE," 21's immigration attorney Charles H. Kuck said in a statement. "His immigration court proceedings have now been terminated and he is a lawful permanent resident of the United States with the freedom to travel internationally."

In honor of the momentous occasion, 21 Savage plans to return to the U.K. for his first performance in London. He teased the concert by releasing a “London I’m Coming Home” video featuring his childhood memories in his birthplace.

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