21 Savage is on top of the charts with his debut studio album, Issa, which peaked at number 2 on the Billboard 200. In an interview with Rolling Stone, the Atlanta native, sat down to discuss his “mumble rap” as well as his relationship with Amber Rose and being a black man in America.
Things weren’t always good for the rapper.
He was famously almost killed on his 21st birthday in a shooting.
However, his life has certainly improved as of late, but he hasn’t forgotten where he came from.
He said, “I don’t think people really understand how hard it is to be black.”
He explained, “especially when you come from nothing. In the hood, there’s already a lot of hate just amongst us Black people. We killing each other and everybody else killing us too. We poor. And the world hates us.”
To be aware of culture is important to the 24-year-old rapper.
21 is currently trying to introduce a variety of different topics in his tracks.
His new record is bringing more socially conscious songs into the forefront, subjects he’s never mentioned in the past.
21’s track, “Nothing New,” talks about racism and police brutality, while discussing the conspiracy theory that the US Government introduced cocaine into the ghetto as a way to hold them back.
Despite his attempt to have a positive effect on culture, he feels his critics aren’t fair to him when he’s more socially aware.
He explained, “people always say I don’t ever talk about that type of s**t. Then when I talk about that type of sh*t, they do everything in their power to not talk about that song. They don’t give me credit. F**k em.”