21 Savage has been released from ICE custody pending a deportation hearing.
Through his high-powered legal team, the embattled rapper released a statement, “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.”
His release coincides with a star-studded social media campaign featuring J. Cole, T.I., Schoolboy Q, Kendrick Lamar, Mike Tyson, Future, Post Malone, and others called “21 Ways You Could Be Detained If You’re Undocumented In America” that was created to bring awareness to 21’s legal woes.
The Atlanta rapper’s arrest shocked the country on Super Bowl Sunday. The court of public opinion has since shifted from bewilderment to outrage at the immigration system that is making a victim out of one of hip-hop’s brightest young stars.
There’s no question that 21 Savage can do more to uplift communities and catalyze change as an ascendant rap icon than from behind bars.