While speaking with The New York Times since his ICE detention release, 21 Savage speaks on his side of the story and also addresses the many memes that sent fellow musicians Chris Brown and Offset beefing.
It seems like Savage sees both ends of the spectrum, admitting that “some of them was funny, I ain’t gonna lie. I was appreciative of that,” but also says, “Some people, I see why they was mad. It ain’t about the meme, it’s about the bigger picture.”
Additionally, he adds, “But I done been through way worse things my life than somebody putting me on a meme. I been shot — what is a meme? A meme is nothing. That’s something on the internet that I can do like this [turns over phone] and never see again. I look at bullet scars every day, so it’s like, a meme, bro?”
Also, he states that he does “feel a responsibility” to speak up about his situation.
He shares, “Yeah, I feel a responsibility. My situation is important ’cause I represent poor black Americans and I represent poor immigrant Americans. You gotta think about all the millions of people that ain’t 21 Savage that’s in 21 Savage shoes.”