21 Savage sat down for an interview with the New York Times, detailing his time being detained by ICE, the circumstances that brought him to the country and even all those memes that popped up around the news of his arrest.
Speaking to Jon Caramanica, 21 explained what it was like living in the country as an undocumented immigrant and what kept him from getting his status in order.
“It felt impossible,” Savage said of working out his citizenship. “It got to the point where I just learned to live without it. ’Cause I still ain’t got it, I’m 26, and I’m rich. So, just learned to live without it.”
He said that even with the connections and influence that comes with being a rich and famous rapper, figuring out the immigration system was a nightmare.
“Even if you got money, it ain’t easy. It ain’t no favoritism, and I respect it, I honestly respect it. It would be kind of messed up if they treated rich immigrants better than poor immigrants, I think,” he said.
The rapper said that the worst part of the experience wasn’t being locked up, it was having to weigh the possibility of being kicked out of the country he thought of as home.
“All that just going through your head, like, ‘Damn, I love my house, I ain’t gonna be able to go in my house no more? I ain’t gonna be able to go to my favorite restaurant that I been going to for 20 years straight?’ That’s the most important thing,” he said. “If you tell me, ‘I’ll give you 20 million to go stay somewhere you ain’t never stayed,’ I’d rather be broke. I’ll sit in jail to fight to live where I’ve been living my whole life.”