Today (Dec. 18), Rolling Stone published a new interview with 21 Savage, who was accompanied by the publication during his recent European tour. Within the feature, the London-born, Atlanta-based talent opened up about a variety of topics, including being a homebody, his children, ongoing international conflicts, and more. What he didn’t expound upon was the long-awaited follow-up to his 2018 sophomore LP, I Am > I Was. “We ain’t got no mixes back yet,” he reportedly stated when asked about the possibility of hearing new songs from his next body of work.
When his current catalog and its street-oriented themes were discussed, 21 called his lyrics “fiction as hell.” “I just think of it in my head,” he added. “Some of it be based off of real life, but a lot of it be creative stories.” Elsewhere in the interview, he revealed that he’d only recently begun celebrating growing older.
“I got shot on my birthday and I got into a car accident with my mama on my other birthday,” he explained. “So I always felt like my birthday was cursed or some s**t. I just used to sit in the house on my birthday every year.”
While it’s been five years since I Am > I Was, 21 Savage remained on the forefront with the help of others. In 2020, he reconnected with Metro Boomin for SAVAGE MODE II, a 15-song offering with additional appearances from Drake, Young Thug, and Young Nudy. That project went on to top the Billboard 200 and earn a gold certification. The following year, 21 helmed the official soundtrack for the horror-thriller Spiral: From the Book of Saw. In 2022, he returned to No. 1 on the aforementioned chart alongside Drake with Her Loss, a 16-track effort that’s since crossed the double platinum mark.