21 Savage Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

21 Savage is a British rapper, songwriter, and record producer born on October 22, 1992. He was born in London but grew up in Atlanta, Georgia. He started his music career in 2013 and gained local popularity with three mixtapes. His big breakthrough came with “Savage Mode” an EP he made with Metro Boomin in 2016 which reached number 23 on the Billboard 200 chart.

The singles “X” and “No Heart” were hits on the Billboard Hot 100. Later that year he gained more attention for his guest appearance on Drake’s song “Sneakin'”.

In 2017, 21 Savage signed with Epic Records and released his debut album “Issa Album” which reached number two on the Billboard 200. The single “Bank Account” from this album hit number 12 on the Hot 100 chart.

That same year he collaborated with Metro Boomin and Offset on the album “Without Warning” and was featured on Post Malone‘s hit song “Rockstar” which topped the Billboard Hot 100 and earned Grammy nominations.

His second album “I Am > I Was” released in 2018 debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and included the award-winning single “A Lot” featuring J. Cole. In 2020, he and Metro Boomin released “Savage Mode II” which also topped the Billboard 200 and produced the popular songs “Runnin'” and “Mr. Right Now” featuring Drake.

In 2022, he collaborated with Drake again on the song “Jimmy Cooks” which became his first song to debut at number one on the Hot 100. Later that year they released the album “Her Loss” his third project to reach the top of the Billboard 200. His third album “American Dream” released in 2024 continued his success by also debuting at number one and remaining there for several weeks.

Full NameShéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph
Date of BirthOctober 22, 1992
Place of BirthPlaistow, London, England
OccupationRapper, Songwriter, Record Producer
Height6 feet 0 inches (183 cm)
PartnersAmber Rose
ChildrenKamari, Ashaad, and Rhian
Net Worth$16 million

21 Savage’s Early Life and Education

21 Savage Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph known as 21 savage born on October 22, 1992, at Newham University Hospital in London has roots in the Caribbean through his British parents. His mother’s family is from Dominica and his father’s from Saint Vincent and the Grenadines with his paternal grandfather being Haitian. He has twin sisters Kyra and Jayda Davis who are dance choreographers and his father works for Westminster City Council in London.

When Shéyaa was seven his parents separated and he moved with his mother to Atlanta Georgia. At the age of 12, he briefly returned to the UK for his uncle’s funeral and then went back to Atlanta on a visa. His mother later started a family with Dr. Amsu Anpu with whom she had more children. Shéyaa also had a brother named Quantivayus who tragically died in a shooting related to a drug deal.

Shéyaa’s life took a troubled turn during his school years in Atlanta. In seventh grade, he faced probation for having a gun and was permanently expelled from all schools in the DeKalb County School District after a probation violation in eighth grade. This led him to attend various schools in the Atlanta area before eventually being sent to a juvenile detention center. After his release, he struggled academically eventually dropping out of high school due to numerous exclusions.

Following his departure from school Shéyaa became involved with a local street gang associated with the Bloods and started selling drugs primarily marijuana. He also engaged in other criminal activities like robbery and car theft though he was arrested only once after illegal items were found in a car he was driving. In 2011 tragedy struck again when his close associate Larry was killed in a shootout. Two years later on his 21st birthday Shéyaa himself was shot six times during an attempted robbery resulting in the death of his best friend Johnny.

This sequence of events marks the challenging and tumultuous early life of Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph now better known by his stage name as he navigated through personal losses legal troubles and gang affiliations in his journey from London to Atlanta.

Career

21 Savage Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

After losing his friend in a shooting on his 21st birthday, 21 Savage turned to rap music. His career started with support from his friend’s uncle who funded his first studio sessions in 2013. His debut single “I Can’t Get Enough” came out on March 1, 2013, followed by his first mixtape The Slaughter Tape on May 25, 2015, which made him a notable figure in Atlanta’s underground scene.

In July 2015, 21 Savage released a tribute EP called “Free Guwop” with Sonny Digital honoring Gucci Mane. His second mixtape Slaughter King dropped on December 1, 2015. The following year he gained recognition in XXL’s “Freshman Class” of 2016.

In July 2016, 21 Savage collaborated with Metro Boomin on the Savage Mode EP which achieved international success reaching number 23 on the Billboard 200 chart. His single “X” featuring Future went platinum marking a major milestone in his career. By January 2017 he signed with Epic Records.

In 2017, his debut studio album Issa Album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 featuring the hit single “Bank Account.” Later that year he was featured on Post Malone’s chart-topping single “Rockstar” which earned him his first number-one song and was certified Diamond.

In October 2017, Offset and Metro Boomin released the collaborative album Without Warning which debuted at number four on the Billboard 200. In the following years, 21 Savage continued to make waves in the music industry leading up to his second studio album I Am > I Was which topped the Billboard 200 in December 2018. The album included successful tracks like “A Lot” featuring J. Cole which earned him his first Grammy Award.

Through 2019, 21 Savage’s musical output was highlighted by the release of “Immortal” showcasing his ongoing influence and evolving career in the rap scene.

In February 2020, 21 Savage and Metro Boomin hinted they were making a sequel to their Savage Mode EP called Savage Mode II. They released a teaser trailer on September 28 2020 with Morgan Freeman announcing the October 2 release date. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 selling 171000 copies in its first week. It featured hits like “Runnin” and “Mr. Right Now” with Drake.

21 Savage Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

In April 2021, 21 Savage released Spiral an EP for the movie Spiral: From the Book of Saw. He also collaborated with Justin Bieber on DJ Khaled’s song “Let It Go” in April 2021. His EP Spiral and his feature on J. Cole’s song “My Life” both did well on the charts.

Later in 2021, 21 Savage joined Nardo Wick G Herbo and Lil Durk on the remix of “Who Want Smoke?” and featured on Drake’s “Knife Talk” from Certified Lover Boy. Both tracks were big hits.

In early 2022, he featured on JID’s “Surround Sound” and King Von‘s “Don’t Play That” which had a successful music video. He continued to collaborate throughout the year appearing on tracks with Latto, Pharrell Williams, and Drake including the chart-topping “Jimmy Cooks.”

In late 2022, 21 Savage teamed up with Drake for the album Her Loss which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200. All sixteen tracks made it to the Hot 100 with eight in the top ten.

In 2023, he featured heavily on Metro Boomin’s album Heroes & Villains and collaborated with artists like Young Nudy, Gucci Mane, Lil Durk, and more. He also appeared on soundtrack albums and remixes showcasing his versatility.

In early 2024, 21 Savage announced his third studio album American Dream featuring Travis Scott, Young Thug, and others. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 supported by singles like “Redrum” and “N.H.I.E.” featuring Doja Cat.

Net Worth

21 Savage has an estimated net worth of $16 Million, according to Celebrity Net Worth. The main source of 21 Savage’s net worth comes from his successful career as a rapper. His earnings primarily come from music sales, concerts, endorsements, and other business ventures related to his music career.

Personal life

21 Savage Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

21 Savage and his mother follow the traditional West African religion Ifá. In June 2017 he started dating model Amber Rose but they broke up in May 2018. In October 2017, 21 Savage began learning to fly in a small Cirrus SR20 plane.

In 2018, 21 Savage launched a movement called “Guns Down Paintballs Up” to reduce gun violence by promoting paintball guns instead of real firearms. However, this led to problems like injuries vandalism, and confusion with real guns which caused criticism from law enforcement.

One of 21 Savage’s songs “ASMR” from his second album sparked controversy for lyrics that mentioned “Jewish money” seen as reinforcing negative stereotypes. He later apologized clarifying that he meant it as a compliment based on his personal experiences.

In November 2020, 21 Savage’s half-brother Terrell Davis (“TM1Way”) was tragically stabbed to death in London.

In early 2020, 21 Savage had a feud with producer Young Chop who insulted him on Instagram. Chop later claimed someone shot at him while he was in an Uber in 21 Savage’s neighborhood but there’s been no confirmation of this incident.

Philanthropy

21 Savage Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

21 Savage organized the “Issa Back to School Drive” in his hometown of Atlanta. The drive named after his album “Issa Album” aimed to support local kids by offering free haircuts hairstyles school supplies and uniforms.

In March 2018, 21 Savage introduced the “21 Savage Bank Account Campaign” on The Ellen DeGeneres Show named after his popular song “Bank Account.” During the show, he announced a personal donation of $21000 to kickstart the initiative.

He explained, “I started the 21 Savage Bank Account Campaign to teach kids about saving and making money and to help them open their bank accounts.” Four months later he contributed $10000 to fund an anti-bullying campaign at Continental Colony Elementary School in Atlanta.

On July 1 2020 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, 21 Savage launched a free online program to educate kids and teens about financial literacy. He emphasized the importance of preparing the next generation for success in life especially during challenging times.

The initiative includes a partnership with Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lanc, Bottoms to provide free tablets and WiFi to students in underserved communities across Atlanta.

Legal issues

21 Savage Biography, Career, Net Worth, And Other Interesting Facts

21 Savage faced legal issues over the years starting with a drug conviction in October 2014 in Georgia. In June 2018 he caused controversy by pulling out a gun at a pool party after seeing someone else do the same.

In February 2019, he turned himself in for a theft charge related to a concert he was paid $17000 for but never showed up. He was released on bail pending a court date.

The biggest stir came when U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detained him in February 2019 revealing he was actually from the UK and had stayed in the U.S. illegally since his visa expired in 2006. Despite attempts to renew it since 2017, he was arrested during a traffic stop along with his cousin and two others.

After a public dispute 21 Savage was released from ICE custody but faced a delay in his immigration case due to other legal issues. In October 2023 rapper Drake claimed in a song that 21 Savage had obtained a green card which was confirmed the next day by 21 Savage and his lawyer.

In November 2022, 21 Savage and Drake were sued by Vogue’s publisher for using the magazine’s name without permission to promote their joint album “Her Loss.”