Performing Saturday, April 22
21 Savage, born Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, has experienced a meteoric rise in 2016 with the release of his well-received collaborative mixtape with superstar producer Metro Boomin, Savage Mode, which has spawned two smash hit singles, “My X” and “No Heart“.
Metro and 21 had known each other for years, long before Savage had gotten the infamous dagger tattoo. When 21 reconnected with his old friend, he let him know that he was trying to launch a rap career. Intrigued by 21’s ambitions, Metro sent him a batch of beats and the hit single “Drip” was born, which appeared on 21’s first mixtape, entitled The Slaughter Tape.
From there, the Free Guwop EP and Slaughter King spawned several more smashes, including “Red Opps”, “Skrrt Skrrt” and “Supply”. With his buzz reaching an all time high, he and Metro Boomin came together to create a full length project. Savage Mode was released in July and 21 Savage has become a Internet sensation, with songs that are finally crossing over to the realm of terrestrial radio.
The aforementioned “My X” is a collaboration with Atlanta rap titan Future and there has been no shortage of rap legends from the past and present lining up to collaborate with the red hot trap star. Drake featured him on his recent single “Sneakin” and even purchased a brand new Ferrari for 21 as a gift.
Even Drake adversary Meek Mill featured 21 on a recent track and Atlanta impresario Gucci Mane has blessed 21 Savage with an appearance on his new song “Peekin”. A litany of other young rap stars have lined up to collaborate with 21, including Young Dolph, Lil Yachty, Rich The Kid, Lil Uzi Vert, Ralo, Dreezy, PnB Rock and Lil Durk.
His Slaughter Gang crew has even begun to birth a new star, as his self proclaimed “brother” Lotto Savage has started to make a name for himself in the Atlanta streets with the release of his well received 2016 mixtapes, Don Slaughter and Lotto Krueger.
With features on the way with pop/R&B superstars Fetty Wap and Jeremih and another 20-30 tracks with Metro sitting in the vault, the sky is certainly the limit for 21 Savage. He has yet to sign with a record company, although he is considering inking a distribution deal for his Slaughter Gang imprint. While it remains to be seen what the future holds for 21, one thing is for certain: it is blindingly bright.