21 Savage Sets Release Date for New Album, 'I Am > I Was'

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21 Savage attends the the Versace fall 2019 fashion show at the American Stock Exchange Building in lower Manhattan on Dec. 2, 2018 in New York City.

21 Savage has a special Christmas present in mind for all his fans: a new album. The Atlanta hip-hop artist will drop his sophomore album I Am > I Was on Friday, Dec. 21 via Slaughter Gang/Epic Records, just in time for the festive season.

After a string of cryptic tweets dating back to August, Savage let the news fly with a surprise social media post. According to a followup statement from his record company, the new set represents “another evolution” in his recording career. “His razor sharp flows, clever ad-libs, smooth delivery, big screen-ready lyrics, and incisive hooks cut deeper than ever before. At the same time, he gets more personal and, as a result, more powerful,” the statement reads. Just days earlier, 21 shared the album’s artwork (see below).

I Am > I Was is the followup to 2017’s Issa Album, which peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 (his Without Warning set with Offset Metro Boomin in the same year reached No. 4).

To celebrate the new release, Savage is promoting a new collection of branded apparel on his official online store and at an official one-day pop-up, to be held this Sunday (Dec. 16) at DOM Gallery in Los Angeles. He’ll hope to score himself some swag at next year’s Grammys, where he’s nominated for “Record of the Year” and “Best Rap/Sung Performance” for his assist on Post Malone’s “rockstar”.



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