Hip-hop mogul Jay-Z has joined calls for the release of rapper 21 Savage after he was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after the agency discovered he had overstayed a visa that lapsed in 2006.
ICE officials announced that the Georgia-based rapper was brought to the U.S. from Britain by his mother when he was a child. But ICE noted that the “No Heart” rapper’s visa expired in 2005 when he was a 13-year-old boy, but he did not return to Britain.
Days later, entertainment mogul Jay-Z came forward to represent the British rapper who has for years claimed he grew up in Atlanta. The “Hard Knock Life” rapper said he directed his company, Roc Nation, to direct attorney Alex Spiro to help 21 Savage, whose real name is Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph. Jay-Z called the arrest’s arrest an “absolute travesty” in a statement.
“The arrest and detention of 21 Savage is an absolute travesty,” Jay-Z said in a statement, “his U visa petition has been pending for four years. In addition to being a successful recording artist, 21 deserves to be reunited with his children immediately, #Free21Savage.”