At the young age of 25, rapper 21 Savage has reached a pinnacle of success, amassing an estimated net worth of $4 million. How did he accomplish this amazing feat in such a short time? We'll fill you in, but when you hear his life story, you'll understand why we think he's absolutely phenomenal.
21 Savage is the stage name that Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph goes by. He was born in the Atlanta, Georgia on the 22nd of October in 1992. His mother raised he and his ten brothers and sisters in the East Atlanta area. His life has been far from easy. His father was a drug dealer and by the age of 14, he followed in his footsteps. Growing up was hard for Savage, and he got involved with a gang. He was expelled from school and barred from several schools for bringing a gun on campus. Things were not going well for him.
The rationale behind the number 21
Savage turned to street hustling at the age of 21. This number would become significant in his life as it was the name of the Bloods-affiliated gang he was involved with. By this time he was the father of two children.
Savage and his best friend attempted to commit a robbery on his 21st birthday, but during the event, he was shot six times and his friend died. He survived his injuries, but one of his brothers was shot and killed in a bad drug deal. This would become a turning point in his life. He turned his attention to establishing a career in rap music, and within a year, it became apparent that he was on his way.
The beginning of something big
Savage released several mixtapes in an online format and by 2015, his first album "The Slaughter Tape" was released. This was the debut album that marked the beginning of a career that would take off quickly and change his life for the better. This was followed in the same year by "Slaughter King" and "Free Guwop." The inspiration for his music was found in his violent past. "21 Gang" came out in 2016.
An evolving career
Savage gained attention with his EP "Savage Mode" which made it to the Billboard Top 200 in 2016. Within the same year, he released his first studio album titled "Issa Album", joining his first EP in the Billboard charts. He joined Post Malone in a collaboration on the hit song "Rockstar." Within 3 years of hitting the mainstream, Savage accumulated a net worth of around $4 million. In 2017, "21 Uzi," "Issa Savage," "Without Warning," and "21XXX" were also released.
His new philosophy on life
21 Savage has shared a great deal about himself and disclosed that he's not in it for the applause. He says that "I'm just doing my music, making my money, keeping my head down." He acknowledges that he's come from a state of having nothing to "somethin'." He's all about making the necessary adaptations in his life and he uses rap as a tool to make improvements that are real and effective in changing his life for the better.
He took the initiative
There were many different directions that Savage could have taken with his life. He didn't have a record contract or anything other than his raw talent and a desire to make a difference. Savage did the hard work and created his music, then forged a niche in an online environment to show the world what he was capable of doing. It worked superbly. He rap was noticed by the right people in the business and he was on his way to a new life with a different perspective. As his fame grew, he formed alliances with Future, Gucci Mane, Drake, and Meek Mill. These superstar artists recognized his talent and were willing to give him a chance and include him on a track on their own albums.
What the world needs to know about 21 Savage
He has shown us all how a man can climb from suffering, near death and a tremendous loss to reach an apex in life. Without the promise of success, he applied himself to the one thing he knew he was good at. He did it on his own and he went from having nothing to being an extremely wealthy man at just 25 years of age. There's definitely something special about 21 Savage and his story stands as an inspiration of what you can do when you give it your all, regardless of where you're at in your life.
Written by Garrett Parker
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