Following his release from ICE detention, 21 Savage sat down with Good Morning America and spoke on his current situation — he’s currently fighting to stay in America following a recent arrest in Atlanta, which revealed that he came into the country from Britain as a child and is currently here illegally. That’s not to say that he’s been fooling his fans and supporters: an increasing amount of information reveals more about the journey to America that he, his mother and siblings have shared, and how this makes him no less an upstanding member of the Atlanta community.
This weekend, the New York Times‘ Jon Caramanica added to the conversation by sitting down with Savage for a new interview, which sees 21 speaking more on his status, being an immigrant in America, ICE detention, missing the GRAMMYs, the memes and more. You can read the feature in full here; a couple of excerpts are below.
Did he have an accent?:
“Yeah, I had a accent, ’cause my first day of school they was making fun of me so I beat somebody up, and they was calling me “taekwondo kid.” My mama whupped me, she made me stay in the house. So I know I had a accent, but I been here 20 years — I don’t know what happened to it.”
On the memes:
“Some of them was funny — I ain’t gonna lie. I was appreciative of that. I coulda been another person who just, “He locked up? Damn,” and nobody said nothing. Some people, I see why they was mad. It ain’t about the meme, it’s about the bigger picture. But I done been through way worse things in my life than somebody putting me on a meme. I been shot — what is a meme? A meme is nothing. That’s something on the internet that I can do like this [turns over phone] and never see again. I look at bullet scars every day, so it’s like, a meme, bro?”
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