Despite having an array of legal issues still to work through, 21 Savage is getting back down to business.
Over the weekend, on Saturday (March 16), the Atlanta rapper returned to the stage for the first time since making national headlines following his being detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the beginning of February.
The rapper, who was arrested on Super Bowl Sunday (Feb). 3 due to reportedly residing in the country on an expired visa, performed in Texas, an occasion that marked his first live performance since his highly publicized ICE detention.
During the performance, he was accompanied by his Slaughter Gang crew, running through a mixture of his latest material and staples from his ever-expansive catalog. For his long-awaited return putting on for a live audience, 21 ran through tracks such as "No Advance" and "No Heart" from his 2016 EP Savage Mode, as well as newer selections, including "A Lot" from his 2018 album i am > i was and "Don't Come Outside," which appears on Metro Boomin's 2018 album Not All Heroes Wear Capes.
Judging from footage captured by those fortunate enough to be in attendance, 21 Savage's return to the stage was a therapeutic one, especially considering how 2019 has treated him thus far. While he is currently awaiting his deportation hearing, during which a judge will decide if he will be able to remain in the country while sorting out legal options, 21 is also facing a new lawsuit.
As previously reported, he was recently hit with a new lawsuit regarding an alleged breach of contract during which a promoter is claiming the rapper accepted $17,000 to perform but never fulfilled his contractual obligations.
The promoter, Sadaetirs Kent Smith, initially pressed criminal charges but a judge wasn't interested in pursuing the case, leading Smith to file a civil lawsuit instead. According to suit, the club promoter is seeking $1 million in damages, claiming "the breach of contract caused severe emotional distress."
In related news, 21 Savage recently announced the extension of his Bank Account campaign. As part of the initiative, the rapper will be working to help secure 150 jobs for at-risk teens by this summer.
Check out footage from 21 Savage's first performance since his ICE arrest in the posts below.