Savage Released From ICE Detainment on Bond

21 Savage, performing in Atlanta, Ga. on November 29, 2018.

It appears that the legal strategy employed by JAY-Z and Roc Nation has worked as planned, at least for the time being, as 21 Savage has reportedly been released on bond pending a hearing on his potential deportation. After spending nine days in ICE detention, the rapper was released on bond February 12, 2019. The agency said the rapper is from the United Kingdom and overstayed his one-year visa after coming to America in July 2005.

On Tuesday, attorneys Charles Kuck, Dina LaPolt and Alex Spiro said in a statement that they had been in talks with ICE officials to "clarify" the rapper's legal standing and his eligibility for bond.

They said they received notification in the previous 24 hours, "in the wake of the Grammy Awards at which he was scheduled to attend and perform", that he was granted an expedited hearing. "He won his freedom". The news came was a surprise to those familiar with the rapper's career, widely seen as inextricable from the Atlanta rap scene where he first found fame.

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Ice's southern regional spokesman first confirmed the arrest, saying Abraham-Joseph had been convicted of a felony drug charge in Georgia in 2014, which gave Ice license to take an undocumented immigrant into custody and begin removal proceedings.

ICE has not responded to or declined multiple requests for comment from NPR regarding Abraham-Joseph's detention.

The lawyers said that 21 Savage, whose real name is Sha Yea Bin Abraham-Joseph, would not forget the ordeal or the other people he was locked up with who "remain unjustly incarcerated accross the country".

Abraham-Joseph was nominated for two awards at the Grammys, including record of the year for "Rockstar" alongside Post Malone. The attorney maintained the government knew about his immigration status as he had a 2017 U-visa application pending approval.

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