Apparently, Jay-Z played a major role in helping 21 Savage get released from ICE custody a few years ago.
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The “Bank Account” rapper (real name She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph) was born in the UK and came to the U.S. with his parents when he was 7. Shockingly in 2019, he was arrested by the U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement (ICE). Officials said the rapper was “unlawfully present” in the U.S. on an expired visa. According to 21’s legal team, he had been trying to renew his visa since 2017.
On the latest episode of My Expert Opinion with Math Hoffa, 21 spoke on his situation with ICE and revealed how Meek Mill and Jay-Z helped him get out of custody. “I called Meek while I was in jail and told Meek, ‘Bro, I just got locked up.’ [Meek] called Jay-Z, and Jay-Z put a lawyer on my case…[he] played a role in getting me out of there,” 21 explained. “He ain’t just doing that s*** for anybody just cuz you're rap. You gotta be from a certain cloth… I don’t feel like he’s just doing that for anybody. I ain’t Roc Nation or none of that s***,” he added.
Jay Z also released a statement via Roc Nation at the time, calling 21 Savage’s arrest “an absolute travesty.” Additionally, Offset, Pusha T, Killer Mike, Vince Staples, Cardi B and many more publicly supported 21 following his arrest.