In record timing, social media humorists have made new song titles, album covers and GIFs based off the news that Atlanta-affiliated rapper 21 Savage is an “unlawfully present United Kingdom national,” according to a spokesman with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
The 26-year-old was arrested Sunday for allegedly overstaying his visa, which expired in 2006. The rapper reportedly moved to the U.S. on a visa in 2005, according to ICE spokesman Bryan Cox. As of Sunday, Savage, whose real name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, had been placed in “removal proceedings before the federal immigration courts,” Cox said.
Many fans responded with awe after hearing that the long-time ambassador for Atlanta is not in fact a native of the DeKalb area that he often raps about. In 2017, many learned more about the “Issa” rapper’s Atlanta upbringing when he was featured in an episode of Vice’s series “Noisey.”
The mockery of the Atlanta-affiliated has ensued since the news broke, with some fans using his most recent release “I Am > I Was,” which was No. 1 on the Billboard 200, to poke fun at the rapper’s authenticity.
From changing the lyrics to his hit song “Bank Account” from “m’s”(for millions) to “pounds” to reevaluating the rapper’s accent, social media critics have flooded Twitter with jabs at the rapper after his arrest.
There were some social media commentators that came to the philanthropic hip-hop artist’s defense.
Some found issue with the fact that 21 Savage could be deported after several years − and arrests− in America.