Speaking to Lindsey Davis from ABC News, his first interview since being released on bond, the 'Savage Mode' rapper detailed his experience of the arrest by U.S Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He asserted that he was “definitely targeted” by authorities in a video clip provided by Good Morning America.
When questioned about the events of the day of his arrest, 21 Savage, real name Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, replied: “I don’t even know, I was just driving and I just seen guns and blue lights. And then I was in the back of a car and I was gone.”
When asked if the authorities notified him that he was under arrest, Savage stated: “Nah, they didn’t say nothing. They just said, ‘We got Savage.’”
Earlier this week, 21 Savage’s legal team provided a statement on the rapper’s arrest. The statement reads: “He will not forget this ordeal or any of the other fathers, sons, family members, and faceless people, he was locked up with or that remain unjustly incarcerated across the country and he asks for your hearts and minds to be with them.”
ICE had claimed that the ‘Rockstar’ rapper was “unlawfully present” in the US and was a “United Kingdom national”. The ‘Rockstar’ rapper later confirmed that he was born in the UK, but disputed other claims made by ICE.
The full interview is set to air on Friday, but you can watch the clip below for now.