Rapper 21 Savage recently opened up that he is “paranoid 24/7” due to past experiences, and said that he is “scared of everybody” now.
In a recent appearance on DJ Akademiks’ Off the Record podcast, Atlanta rapper 21 Savage—whose real name is Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph—revealed that he lives fearful of everyone around him, as though he is being watched.
“I’m scared of everybody,” he said. “I’m not f****** Rambo. I move scared. Hell yeah, I’m scared. Scared n***** stay alive. ‘Cause I done seen it… I been shot. I seen my friend die, in my face, on my birthday. In the car, too.”
21 explained that he was in the passenger seat when a tragic incident happened.
“It ain’t like it’s like, oh we just standing on the block and a drive-by happen. I’m talking bout right here, n****. He in the drivers seat, I’m in the passenger seat type s***,” he said.
21 Savage continued, “So I know like, n****, this s*** get wicked fast, like that, you know what I’m saying? So it’s like, I’m just paranoid always, 24/7, n****. I think somebody following me. I’m spinning the block a couple of times before I go in the house.”
Later in the interview, 21 Savage talked about Takeoff, one of the three members of the rap group, Migos, who was shot and killed two weeks ago after a dispute broke out during a dice game at a bowling alley in Houston. Fellow Migos member Quavo was also present at the incident but was reportedly unharmed.
“I feel like it was a freak accident, one thousand percent,” the rapper said.
“It’s the worst one,” he said. “I don’t know if it’s ’cause I know him more than I know them, but this is one of them ones where it’s like, ‘Damn! Him?!’ N****s say that every time, but he really one of them ones like, ‘Damn! What the f***?’”
He added that Takeoff was not a confrontational person. “He’s really quiet unless he knows you,” he said. “Funny as hell if he knows you.”
“He’s always the exact same way every time I see him,” 21 said. “He gon smile, dap you up and mind his business.”
“A lot of people are gonna learn from this situation and realize a lot of s*** isn’t worth it,” he said. “We got one life, ain’t no re-dos,” he said. “This don’t last a thousand years.”
He added that “Any beef that exists isn’t worth it.”
“I’m not trying to argue,” he said. “I don’t want to do certain things that lead to arguments. I’d rather just be home playing the game on Clubhouse with my kids.”
Newsweek reached out to a representative for 21 Savage for comment.
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