Jay-Z is the latest artist to come out in strong support of 21 Savage, just days after the Atlanta-based rapper was arrested and detained by agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) over claims that the 26 year-old MC unlawfully overstayed his visa and that he is a convicted felon. Savage (born She'yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph) was born in the United Kingdom and came to the U.S. with his parents when he was 7, according to his legal team.
“The arrest and detention of 21 Savage is an absolute travesty, his U-visa petition has been pending for 4 years," Jay said in a statement provided to Billboard by his spokesperson. "In addition to being a successful recording artist, 21 deserves to be reunited with his children immediately, #Free21Savage”
Since Savage's arrest on Sunday (Feb. 3) a number of musicians and Georgia politicians have spoken out in support, including Georgia state Rep. Hank Johnson, who worked with Savage when the artist held a back-to-school drive in East Atlanta last year, submitting a character letter to ICE and vouching for the rapper’s character and advocating for his release as his immigration case is pending.