21 Savage Talks Moving to America, Deportation Fears & Representing Immigrants

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After leaving ICE custody last week with his future in America still hanging under a question mark, 21 Savage has addressed his most pressing concerns in a new interview with The New York Times.

Speaking candidly, the rapper highlighted his fears around deportation, saying how mind-boggling it is that he may never be able to step foot in his home again, nor go to his favorite restaurants.

Of course, the conversation also bounced around periphery topics, such as missing the Grammys (where he was supposed to perform alongside Post Malone) and the responsibility of representing immigrants in America. Read the interview highlights below.

“Yeah, everything was like, bigger. I come from the poor side of London. My grandma house is real skinny. So when we first moved here, we was living in the hood still, but it was, like, way bigger. The toilet size, the bathroom size, it was just different. But I fell in love with it. It’s all I know.”

“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.’”

“Even if you got money, it ain’t easy. It ain’t no favoritism, and I respect it, I honestly respect it. It would be kind of messed up if they treated rich immigrants better than poor immigrants, I think.”

“It was the possibility of me not being able to live in this country no more that I’ve been living in my whole life. All that just going through your head, like, “Damn, I love my house, I ain’t gonna be able to go in my house no more? I ain’t gonna be able to go to my favorite restaurant that I been going to for 20 years straight?”

It was what was at stake. It’s like, I got three kids, my mama, everything that I know is here in Atlanta. I’m not leaving Atlanta without a fight. We gon’ fight all the way till the last day even if that mean I sit in jail for 10 years.”

“The Grammys is the Grammys, but when you in jail, the Grammys is nothing. I got to watch it. By that time they had put a TV in my room.”

“I feel a responsibility. My situation is important ’cause I represent poor black Americans and I represent poor immigrant Americans. You gotta think about all the millions of people that ain’t 21 Savage that’s in 21 Savage shoes.”

“Not right now, ’cause I feel like me putting it into music got me in this situation, kind of.”

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