21 Savage is an American rapper from Atlanta Georgia. He entered the music scene in late 2014 and got his big break in 2016 featuring on XXL’s Freshman list, a top 10 list showcasing underground rappers on the rise. Within just a year in the hip-hop game, 21 Savage had at least 4 songs feature on the coveted Billboard Hot 100 list including two songs featuring Drake and Meek Mill. 21 Savage revealed in an interview that he makes $25,000 per show when on the road. He has been described by producer Metro Boomin as “one of the last real street niggas left making music”. Here is more about 21 Savage’s rise to fame and wealth.
21 Savage Real Name, Age, Mom, Siblings
Before came the money and the fame, 21 Savage, like his moniker implies, was a savage doing much damage to his neighborhood and beyond. He was born as Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph on October 22, 1992, in Dominica where he was also raised by his mother, Heather, alongside four brothers and 6 sisters. With much of his childhood spent on the streets of DeKalb County, Georgia, Savage began living rough from middle school. In one of his post-fame interviews, Savage confessed to bringing a gun to school to threaten a kid who talked trash to him.
Savage spent most of his school time in detention and got expelled from each of the DeKalb County schools he attended. In the 7th grade, he was caught with a gun. Outside school, Savage ran his own gang and robbed people. However, a 2013 operation gone wrong changed his life for the better. Savage was shot 6 times while his best friend was killed.
In an effort to turn a new leaf, Savage turned to rap music, putting his wild experiences and emotions to words. Fortunately, Savage’s lyrics resonated with a lot of people, including Key, an underground veteran who offered him priceless career advice while introducing him to a host of local producers. And the rest like they say is history.
Music Sales, Show Earnings
21 Savage currently has a total income of $4 million. His debut single “Picky” released on November 12, 2014, immediately appealed to Atalanta natives. The song was included in his debut/flagship mixtape The Slaughter Tape released in June 2015. He further announced his presence with the release of a follow-up mixtape “Slaughter King” in December 2015. Savage also released the EP Free Guwop (2015) dedicated to his influence and fellow Atlanta rapper Gucci Mane.
Savage’s 2015 works did enough to prepare him for an inevitable breakthrough in 2016. His second extended play Savage Mode (with Metro Boomi) shot him to worldwide recognition.
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The EP peaked at #23 on the Billboard 200 and produced two Billboard Hot 100 charting singles including X ft. Future and No Heart. Savage Mode sold over 500,000 copies receiving the gold RIAA certification. X became his first platinum-certified record, receiving over 50 million plays on Spotify. Also in 2016, Savage was featured on songs by Drake (Sneakin’) and Meek Mill (Offended) both of which made their way to the Billboard Hot 100 list.
After years of recording as independent artists, 21 Savage inked a recording contract with Epic Records in January 2017. Thanks to his huge fanbase, Savage earns substantially from touring. During a post-show backstage interview in New York, 21 revealed that he makes $25,000 per performance. He reportedly received $1 million to perform at a Bar Mitzvah in February 2017.
21 Savage Car, House, Rich Lifestyle
Atypical of rap stars, 21 Savage has flaunted his wealth on countless occasions. During a late 2016 visit to New York City, TMZ camera’s caught up with him walking the streets with a stack of cash said to be worth around $250,000.
In the video, he described the cash saying “Giant stack, bill ol’ stack, knock your head off stack”. The rapper had just finished shopping at Avianne & Co Jewelers where he bought a $200,000 Rolex watch and some blings.
For Savage’s 24th birthday on October 2016, Drake gifted him with a brand new red Ferrari. Though they both first collaborated in 2016, Savage said of Drake: “We been fuckin’ with each other before Slaughter King even came out……Drake genuine. I feel like he’s a genuine person.”
21 Savage boasts of having up to 12 cars, including a Ferrari given to him as a birthday gift from Drake. However, in an instant, only 6 cars were spotted in his garage
Interestingly, both Savage and Drake almost shared the same birth date, while Savage was born on the 22nd of October, OVO Sound boss Drake was born on the 24th.
21 Savage Height, Kids, Wiki and Interesting Facts
21 Savage is 6ft tall (183 cm).
The 21 in his moniker is gotten from his gang while Savage was a name he randomly came up with when trying to sign up for Instagram.
Slaughter Gang is the real name of his gang/crew, the number 21 refers to their block back home.
The rapper revealed that he has a mad crush on fellow rapper Tyga‘s girl Kylie Jenner, saying he wants to split her a%$ up.
Savage practices the Ifá, religion common among the Yoruba people of Nigeria.
He got the dagger tattoo on his forehead in respect to his younger brother Tay Man who was killed. The dagger represents the crew his brother belonged.
At 25 years old, Savage revealed that he has 3 kids during an interview.