21 Savage 'just a London softie' who 'faked' gun-toting gangster rap life in America, pals reveal

The hip hop star, who has forged a hugely successful career claiming he was born in Atlanta, Georgia, is actually from Newham – and moved to the US when his parents split, Sun Online can reveal.

Savage, whose real name is Sheyaa Bin Abraham, came to the US from the UK on a visa when he was 12 in 2005 and never left, officials say.

It is believed he travelled to America with his mum, Heather Joseph, after she and his dad Kevin Emmons split up around that time.

Sources today told The Sun Online his father Kevin remains living in London, working for Westminster Council, while his grandma lives in Brixton.

They added that his gran even flew out to the US to help bail him out of jail when he was facing drug charges in 2014.


The source said: "Part of me was pretty shocked but I can understand why he's done it. To have the gangster rapper image you have to portray that image. But really he's a softie from London.

"There's a story on Wikipedia stating he saw a gun when he was eight.

"I can tell you that is not true at all. If you know his dad, you would know his dad is nothing like that at all.

"He's done stuff about his dad being a drug dealer and that sort of thing.

"His dad is a hard-working man. That is so not his dad. His dad gets up to go to work six days a week."


Abraham-Joseph has previously spoken about growing up in "beat-up a** apartments" in Atlanta with Heather and four brothers and six sisters.

In a 2016 interview, he claimed he was banned from all schools in his area after bringing a gun to class when he was 12 or 13, and said he remembered seeing his first gun when he was eight.

In 2014 he was also convicted of drug charges in Fulton County, Georgia.

The source added: "When he first got arrested in America, his grandmother from Brixton was the one to fly out and bail him out.

"The grandmother, she's one of the most hardworking people you'll meet and never took a day off work."

A spokesman for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) yesterday told CNN: "His whole public persona is false. He actually came to the US from the UK as a teen and overstayed his visa."


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