On Friday (Oct. 6), REVOLT reported that 21 Savage earned the ability to travel outside of the United States after a long, arduous battle with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Speaking to Associated Press, his lawyer, Charles Kuck, confirmed that his client followed “all applicable immigration laws” and is now a permanent resident within the country.
On Saturday (Oct. 7), footage from fans captured the star’s appearance in Toronto for the penultimate stop of Drake’s “It’s All A Blur Tour.” “Ladies and gentlemen, performing for the first time outside of America in his life. Make some noise for the brother, 21,” Drizzy yelled to the packed crowd in Scotiabank Arena before embracing the Atlanta-based rapper on stage.
“Toronto has my heart forever,” the “Bank Account” talent stated in a post to fans following the aforementioned achievement. “Thank y’all for the 2GB of data because after that my service wasn’t nothing. I’ll be back tho!”
Just prior to his international breakthrough, 21 — whose real name is Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph — shared a video on Instagram documenting his life, complete with shots of him as a child to more recent moments as the hip hop frontrunner that he’s become. The clip ends with him confirming that he’ll soon be returning to Europe.
Back in 2019, 21 was apprehended by ICE, who accused the 30-year-old talent of residing in America on an expired visa.
“Mr. Abraham-Joseph initially entered the U.S. legally in July 2005, but subsequently failed to depart under the terms of his nonimmigrant visa and he became unlawfully present in the U.S. when his visa expired in July 2006,” read a statement from the federal agency. “In addition to being in violation of federal immigration law, Mr. Abraham-Joseph was convicted on felony drug charges in October 2014 in Fulton County, Georgia.” Not long after, 21 explained how he’s been actively working on his citizenship, a fight made even more important due to his three American-born children.