Rapper 21 Savage has won back his freedom – for the time being.
The Grammy-nominated rapper, who was born Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was released from custody on Tuesday after being detained by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in Atlanta.
The 26-year-old recording artist had been scheduled to perform at Sunday night’s Grammy show prior to his arrest.
Officials claim that the British-born rapper has been living in the US illegally since overstaying his visa back in 2006.
The decision to release the rapper came during a closed-door hearing.
Free: Rapper Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, who is better known as 21 Savage (above in January), was released from custody on Tuesday
‘He will not forget this ordeal or any of the other fathers, sons, family members, and faceless people, he was locked up with or that remain unjustly incarcerated across the country,;’ said the rappr’s lawyer in a statement on Tuesday.
‘And he asks for your hearts and minds to be with them.’
The rapper was born in England and moved to the United States with his family at the age of seven.
He has been in the US illegally for some time now, but in 2017 applied for U-Visa according to his lawyer.
That application was still being processed when he was taken into custody.
‘ICE has not charged Mr. Abraham-Joseph with any crime,’ his lawyer said in a statement lats week.
‘As a minor, his family overstayed their work visas, and he, like almost two million other children, was left without legal status through no fault of his own.’
21 SAVAGE LAWYERS ON RAPPER’S RELEASE FORM PRISON
‘For the past 9 long days, we, on behalf of She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, known to the world as 21 Savage, have been speaking with ICE to both clarify his actual legal standing, his eligibility for bond, and provide evidence of his extraordinary contributions to his community and society.
‘In the last 24 hours, in the wake of the Grammy Awards at which he was scheduled to attend and perform, we received notice that She’yaa was granted an expedited hearing.
‘Today, 21 Savage was granted a release on bond. He won his freedom.
’21 Savage asked us to send a special message to his fans and supporters—he says that while he wasn’t present at the Grammy Awards, he was there in spirit and is grateful for the support from around the world and is more than ever, ready to be with his loved ones and continue making music that brings people together.
‘He will not forget this ordeal or any of the other fathers, sons, family members, and faceless people, he was locked up with or that remain unjustly incarcerated across the country. And he asks for your hearts and minds to be with them.’
Charles Kuck, Dina Laporte, and Alex Spiro.