21 Savage will soon be set free after spending nine days detained by US immigration authorities who claim he is in the country illegally. He has been granted bond and will be released Wednesday morning until further deportation hearing proceedings, Billboard reported.
On February 3, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested the rapper on grounds that he—a British national—had overstayed his visa over a decade ago. In the wake of the arrest, one of the rapper’s lawyers claimed that 21 had in fact applied for a U visa in 2017, which was still pending.
In a statement posted to Facebook, attorneys Charles Kuck, Dina LaPolt and Alex Spiro announced 21’s impending release, and wrote that they had “been speaking with ICE to both clarify [21 Savage’s] actual legal standing, his eligibility for bond, and provide evidence of his extraordinary contributions to his community and society.”
The hip hop community had also been campaigning for the Atlanta rapper’s release: Jay-Z hired a lawyer for him; “This is America” producer Ludwig Göransson gave him a shoutout on the 2019 Grammys stage; and Metro Boomin wore a jacket emblazoned with “Free 21 Savage” during a recent televised performance, among other advocacy efforts.
“[21 Savage] is grateful for the support from around the world and is more than ever, ready to be with his loved ones and continue making music that brings people together,” read the message the rapper’s lawyers relayed on his behalf.
“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.”
The date for the rapper’s deportation hearing has yet to be announced.