Canadian rapper, songwriter, and record producer Tory Lanez dropped his “Free 21 Freestyle" earlier this week. The track is in response to the pending deportation of Atlanta rapper 21 Savage. Hip-Hop news has been buzzing with 21 Savage’s arrest by U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) earlier this month and the possible deportation of the UK-born but Atlanta-raised rapper. However, several notable artists in the hip-hop industry such as Jay Z, J. Cole and Wale have shown their support for 21 Savage in this critical time. In the case of Tory Lanez, the rapper recently created a track voicing his thoughts on 21 Savage’s current situation.
The Tory Lanez “Free 21” freestyle samples the beat used in 21 Savage's single “a lot” featuring J Cole. The track “a lot” has been recognized as one of the most popular songs off 21 Savage's newest album I am > I was, peaking at #12 on Billboards The Hot 100.
In the “Free 21" freestyle”, Tory Lanez states “Look at what happened to 21 Savage, I'm knowing' that shit could've happened to me. How they gon' cut our nigga from the country for simply rapping' on beats.” A few days before 21 Savage’s arrest, the rapper released the music video for his single “a lot” which showcased several controversial and political issues happening in the United States. Several people have speculated that 21 Savage's arrest includes alternative motives by ICE due to what was said in his music video.
Another significant line to look out for in this track is when Tory Lanez says “Let's keep it real, we ain't finna lie, I think everybody laughed at the memes, And then I realized that that shit is mean. You can't be joking' 'about somebody's freedom.” In addition, Tory Lanez uses the freestyle to discuss his thoughts about several issues occurring in the hip-hop industry and the United States as a whole.
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