US Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokesman Bryan Cox told the local Atlanta Journal-Constitution outlet that 21 Savage is an “unlawfully present United Kingdom national” who entered the United States in 2005 on a visa that expired one year later.
In 2005, would have been 12 or 13, having been born on October 22, 1992 in Newham, according to reports.
The US agency also told the paper he had been arrested and later convicted for felony drug charges in 2014 – but at the time, the US Department of Homeland Security was unaware that he was in fact British.
According to the paper 21 Savage was arrested in a “targeted operation.”
The artist, known for his conversational rap delivery and no-nonsense sincerity, released his debut studio album in 2017.
His lyrics touch on everything from drugs and violence to systemic racism and police brutality.
His album, “I Am > I Was” debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 in December 2018, holding the number one spot for two consecutive weeks.
The rapper is up next week for two Grammys for his work on fellow rapper Post Malone’s smash hit “Rockstar,” including for the major Record of the Year award.