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21 Savage will reportedly be released on bond

The rapper thanked supporters in a statement issued through his legal team.

February 12, 2019
21 Savage will reportedly be released on bond 21 Savage at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall. August 20, 2018.   ANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images

21 Savage has been granted to be released from ICE detention.


The story was initially reported by reports in TMZ and The Daily Beast. In a statement to the Associated Press, Savage's lawyer Charles H. Kuck said the bond was granted too late for a Tuesday release, and that he expects the rapper will be released on Wednesday.

The rapper born Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph was arrested on February 3 and was accused of overstaying his visa. A deportation hearing is still scheduled.


The rapper's legal team of Alex Spiro, Charles H. Kuck and Dina LaPolt issued the following statement:

For the past 9 long days, we, on behalf of She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, known to the world as 21 Savage, have been speaking with ICE to both clarify his actual legal standing, his eligibility for bond, and provide evidence of his extraordinary contributions to his community and society.

In the last 24 hours, in the wake of the Grammy Awards at which he was scheduled to attend and perform, we received notice that She’yaa was granted an expedited hearing.

Today, 21 Savage was granted a release on bond. He won his freedom.

21 Savage asked us to send a special message to his fans and supporters—he says that while he wasn’t present at the Grammy Awards, he was there in spirit and is grateful for the support from around the world and is more than ever, ready to be with his loved ones and continue making music that brings people together.

He will not forget this ordeal or any of the other fathers, sons, family members, and faceless people, he was locked up with or that remain unjustly incarcerated across the country. And he asks for your hearts and minds to be with them.


The arrest of 21 Savage set off a string of revelations about his nationality. Two days after his arrest, Savage's legal team confirmed that he is a U.K. national who came to the United States at age 7. His initial visa expired in 2006 reportedly "through no fault of his own," and he applied for a new one in 2017 as soon as he realized he needed one.


This post was updated on Tuesday February 12 to include a corrected release date for 21 Savage

21 Savage will reportedly be released on bond