21 Savage, born Shayaa Joseph, is an Atlanta based hip-hop artist that is taking the game by storm. The music that he puts out well represents himself and shines a light on his background and street experience. Raised in Atlanta, 21 didn’t have an easy-going childhood laid out for him. In 6th grade, he was expelled from school for being caught with a gun in the building. Ever since then, he states that he’s been busy with “wild shit, robbing.”
21 has been focused lately on building his career, coming ruthlessly with a barrage of works. In 2014, 21 released his debut single Picky as part of an early release from his first mixtape. The Slaughter Tape, his first completed project, was released to the public with the help of a handful of well-traversed producers. Tracks such as Gang, and Million Dollar Lick, defined who 21 Savage was to the public, and successfully earned him respect as an artist.
With 14 tracks and features from high profile producers like Zaytoven and Metro Boomin, the mixtape is one of his most well known works. 21 Savage tributes his chance to work with such high names to his friend, Atlanta rapper Key!, who shared some inside connections in the industry with 21. He explains, “The producers show more love to underground niggas than the big artists. Niggas like Metro, Sonny, Zaytoven, TM. They wanna see you win.” Throughout 2015, he released countless music videos for past songs and even more tracks. As Metro Boomin states, “21 Savage is important because he’s one of the last real street niggas left making music.” In the industry today, it is hard to find more transparency between the artist and his music anywhere else.
2015 was a big year for 21, as he had the chance to collaborate with producer Sonny Digital, which resulted in an EP titled Free Guwop. Another track he released, Air It Out, produced by Zaytoven, was dropped in October, and in December, he officially released his second mixtape, Slaughter King. The latest project we have seen from 21 Savage is Savage Mode, an EP with Metro Boomin that has been played millions of times on sites such as Soundcloud. 21 Savage’s music is no radio pop, and it is quickly rising out of the Atlanta rap scene, bringing him success along with it. He claims that the underground system of Atlanta’s rap scene holds no power over him, and he will continue to make his mark.
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