I am > i was

21 Sav­age

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Sav­age con­tin­ues to grow as an artist as he re­flects, not al­ways pos­i­tively, on the life he has built fol­low­ing a trou­bled and vi­o­lent past. The of­ten mum­bled, but al­ways har­mo­niously ut­tered lyrics cover the in­escapable feel­ings of loss and pain, which no amount of fame or money will ever fully as­suage. The pro­duc­tion value of i am > i was reaches a new level of qual­ity and va­ri­ety, with bass, soul and synth all played pow­er­fully and painfully on the At­lantan’s new al­bum.


1. Grow­ing up, 21 Sav­age suf­fered the loss of sev­eral friends and his brother, killed by gun­fire. He has also been shot six times him­self.

2. He was called 21 Sav­age on In­sta­gram be­fore he brought the name to the stage.

3. The dag­ger tattoo, in his brow-line, was inked in hon­our of his brother, Quan­ti­vayus.

4. For his 24th birth­day, Drake bought Sav­age a Ferrari, af­ter they linked up on Drake’s song, “Sneakin’”.

5. Born Shayaa Bin Abra­ham-Joseph, Sav­age has three chil­dren.

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