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21 Savage freed from immigration custody

A lawyer for 21 Savage says the Grammy-nominated rapper has been released from an immigration detention centre in south Georgia.

Grammy-nominated rapper released Wednesday on $100K US bond

A lawyer for 21 Savage says the rapper has been released from a Georgia immigration detention centre. (Roy Rochlin/Getty Images)

A lawyer for 21 Savage says the Grammy-nominated rapper has been released from an immigration detention centre in south Georgia.

Immigration lawyer Tia Smith said in an email that the rapper, whose given name is She'yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was released Wednesday on $100,000 US bond. He had been held in the Irwin County Detention Center in Ocilla.

Abraham-Joseph was arrested early Feb. 3. An immigration judge on Tuesday granted him bond.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has said the British citizen overstayed his visa and has an October 2014 felony conviction in Fulton County.

His lawyers have said the 26-year-old rapper was brought to the U.S. when he was seven years old and his legal status expired in 2006 through no fault of his own. They've disputed that he has a felony conviction.

Rockstar collaborators 21 Savage, left, and Post Malone pose with their song of the year trophies at the 2018 MTV Video Music Awards. (Evan Agostini/Invision/Associated Press)

Abraham-Joseph was nominated for two awards at Sunday's Grammys, where he had been slated to perform with collaborator Post Malone. His second solo album, I Am I Was, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart upon its release in December.