21 Savage, known for his distinct sound and raw storytelling, has made a triumphant return with his third solo album, American Dream.
21 Savage makes poignant statement with ‘American Dream’ album
This album marks his first solo studio effort in six years and serves as a soundtrack to his upcoming biopic, also titled American Dream.
The album, released on Friday, 12 January 2024, clocks in at 50 minutes and boasts a star-studded lineup. It features collaborations with Young Thug, Lil Durk, Doja Cat, Burna Boy, and Summer Walker, to name a few, with multiple appearances by Metro Boomin.
21 Savage has creatively teased his third solo LP with a series of throwback photos of his featured artists as kids.
The cover art, featuring a young 21 Savage, adds a personal touch, complete with his date of birth, visa application case number, and government name.
American Dream: The 21 Savage Story, the accompanying biopic, is set to release on 4 July 2024. The film stars Donald Glover and Caleb McLaughlin, portraying 21 Savage at different life stages.
The movie’s four-minute trailer, released earlier, showcases a young 21 Savage played by McLaughlin, while Glover portrays him as an adult, focusing on his 2019 ICE arrest.
The real-life 21 Savage is featured rapping in an interrogation room, adding an authentic touch to the biopic.
Fans were treated to a preview of the new album when 21 Savage released the single Call Me Revenge last October, following his chart-topping album with Drake, Her Loss, and the subsequent tour.
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The London-born rapper, who faced immigration issues stemming from his ICE arrest, made a significant comeback with a performance at The O2 Arena in London last November, marking his first show in his home city since resolving his immigration status.
American Dream arrives six years after his sophomore album I Am > I Was, which not only topped the Billboard 200 but also earned him a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album.
The album’s hit single A Lot, featuring J. Cole, won the Grammy for Best Rap Song.
21 Savage’s discography showcases his evolution as an artist.
From his debut mixtape The Slaughter Tape in 2015 to his first studio album Issa Album in 2017, he has consistently delivered hits.
His collaboration with Metro Boomin on Savage Mode and its sequel Savage Mode II further cemented his place in the rap industry.