Famed Atlanta rapper 21 Savage apparently isn’t from Atlanta at all, nor the state of Georgia. According to multiple reports, Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph has been arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which claims he’s actually from the UK.

Much to everyone’s surprise, 21 Savage has been “unlawfully present” in the U.S. after overstaying his visa. He reportedly entered the U.S. back in July 2005 and his visa expired the following year. That certainly didn’t stop him from achieving superstardom and putting out a handful of widely successful albums.

Dina LaPolt, the attorney representing 21 Savage revealed to Variety:

“We are working diligently to get Mr. Abraham-Joseph out of detention while we work with authorities to clear up any misunderstanding. Mr. Abraham-Joseph is a role model to the young people in the country — especially in Atlanta, Georgia and is actively working in the community leading programs to help underprivileged youths in financial literacy.”

The rapper faces deportation. Stay tuned for more details.


Sources: Variety, SPIN