Rising rap star 21 Savage has clocked in nearly 20 million Youtube views on his tracks “Air It Out’,” “Skrtt, Skrtt,” “Red Rag Blue Rag,” “One Foot,” “Woah” & “Red Opps.” This is a look at his life before the fame.
21 Savage grew up on the mean streets of East Atlanta and witnessed his father dealing crack, as far back as he can remember. At 14, he got his hands on drugs and began selling them himself. In fact, he also got his hands on a gun and brought it to school with him in the 7th grade, to teach a kid who was talking shit not to be messing around. This incident eventually got him kicked out of every middle school in the county, so he focused more on his street hustle.
Through his teens, he would build a tight-knit gang, known as ’21,’ and they would also hook up with the Bloods. He was dealing out of his home and fathered two kids.
Then, on his 21st birthday, Savage and his best friend, Johnny, got shot. 21 Savage took six bullets, including ones in his hand and neck, but managed to make it out alive. Johnny wasn’t so lucky. It was then Savage decided he would need to find a new career and began taking rapping seriously. Within a year and change, he would blow up online and make it onto the XXL Freshman List.