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21 Savage + Young Nudy at Comerica Theatre
July 16 @ 8:00 pm - 11:30 pm
Unflinching yet offhanded rapper 21 Savage left street life behind to establish a career that rapidly progressed between 2016 and 2018 with a string of hit singles including “X,” “No Heart,” and “Bank Account,” and the RIAA-certified gold releases Savage Mode and Issa Album. The Atlanta-based Shayaa Joseph turned to rap following a pivotal incident — on his 21st birthday — that resulted in several gunshot wounds and the death of his best friend. He made his debut the following year, 2014, with the DJ Plugg-produced “Picky.” A pair of mixtapes and Free Guwop, an EP executive-produced by Sonny Digital, were released in 2015, priming 21 for mainstream infiltration. During the latter half of 2016, 21 was a constant presence on the upper reaches of the Billboard charts with a wave of collaborative and headlining singles, including “X” (featuring Future), “No Heart,” and Drake‘s “Sneakin’.” The first two of those tracks highlighted Savage Mode, a set on which 21 and producer Metro Boomin were co-billed. In 2017, shortly after Savage Mode was certified gold by the RIAA, 21 released his proper debut full-length for major-label Epic, Issa Album, the source of the multi-platinum single “Bank Account.” Only a few months later, he and Offset issued Without Warning, his second consecutive release to hit the Top Five of the Billboard 200. All the while, additional success came after he was a featured artist on Post Malone‘s “Rockstar” and Cardi B‘s “Bartier Cardi.” A handful of guest verses, along with contributions to the soundtracks of Uncle Drew and Superfly, followed in 2018; at the end of that year he dropped his second album, I Am > I Was (“I am greater than I was”). The album debuted at number one on the Billboard charts and stayed in the top slot for two weeks. Shortly after the album’s release, the rapper was arrested by U.S. customs agents, who had determined he was actually a citizen of the United Kingdom living in the states illegally. While 21 Savage had claimed to be an Atlanta native, it came out that he was indeed born in London and had been living in the U.S. on a visa that expired in 2006. He was released on bail and remained in the U.S. while awaiting trial.
Atlanta rapper Young Nudy came up as part of an immensely talented crop of rappers who included his cousins 21 Savageand Offset. Early on, the young rapper impressed producer Pi’erre Bourne, who would sneak Nudy into the studio off the clock to work on tracks for mixtapes. While his first video appeared online as early as 2014 for a song titled “Off the Head,” it was his 2016 mixtape Slimeball that began to ignite his fame worldwide. He quickly followed up the next year with Slimeball 2, which featured appearances from Juicy J and Peso. Before 2017 was through, Young Nudy returned with his Nudy Land mixtape, featuring production from Richie Soufand Pi’erre Bourne as well as guest spots from Offset and Lil Yachty. A 2018 collaboration with cousin 21 Savage, called “Since When” emerged as major hit, notching millions of streams. He followed up later that year with Slimeball 3. Sli’merre, a full-length collaboration with Bourne, was released to critical acclaim in 2019.