LONDON (Reuters) – A man named after 21-year-old rapper Savage, who was arrested in Atlanta on weekend immigration charges, was born in London, according to a copy of a British birth certificate obtained by Reuters. .
FILE PHOTO: 2018 MTV Video Music Awards – Arrivals – Radio City Music Hall, New York, USA, August 20, 2018. – 21 Savage. REUTERS / Andrew Kelly / Stock Photo
21 Savage, whose name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested Sunday in Atlanta, the southern US city on which he based his musical career.
He spoke publicly about his experiences growing up in Atlanta and struggling with a culture of armed violence and drug trafficking. He speaks with an American accent.
US immigration and customs say he is a British citizen who came to the United States from the United Kingdom in 2005 and is "illegally present" in the United States.
The rapper's lawyers said on Monday that he had been arrested on the basis of misinformation about the criminal record and that he should be released while awaiting trial.
An official copy of a birth certificate obtained from a London registry office showed that a boy named Sheyaa Bin Abraham was born on 22 October 1992 at Newham Hospital in East London to Kevin Emmons, sales assistant, and Heather Joseph.
Reuters was not able to independently verify the rapper's date of birth, but other media organizations have listed it as October 22, 1992.
Both parents listed their addresses in London on the certificate.
Charles Kuck, 21 Savage Immigration Lawyer in Atlanta, said he could not comment on whether the birth certificate was from his client because he had not seen the document.
Asked if he would look at a picture of the document sent by email and point out any reason to doubt that the birth certificate was from his client, he said that he was not a forensic expert who could evaluate the authenticity of a document.
The rapper, whose album "I Am> I Was" debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 album chart, is being held at a Georgia detention center. He faces deportation proceedings in federal immigration court, an ICE spokesman said.
Written by Guy Faulconbridge; Additional reporting by Jonathan Allen; Edition by Jon Boyle