Mention of 21 Savage's detainment was a glaring omission on last weekend's the Grammy stage, except for producer Ludwig Göransson who gave the Atlanta rapper a shoutout while accepting Record of the Year. It felt weird considering 21 Savage was featured on the Billboard Hot 100 chart-topper "Rockstar" with Post Malone who performed on Sunday night. Last night, however, things were different. Metro Boomin joined Gunna on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon for a performance of "Space Cadet" from Not All Heroes Wear Capes. Initially, you might be wondering what is Metro actually going to do onstage? But his purpose is clear as day. The Atlanta producer poses as a conductor, with his back facing the crowd the entire time with the words "Free 21 Savage" scribbled on a white jacket. Take notes, Post Malone.
During Post Malone's six-minute Grammy set, he goes through three songs: "Stay," "Rockstar," and Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Dark Necessities." He's sporting a pretty sick leather jacket the entire time, and that thing does not budge. Just in case there was any confusion, the beerbongs & bentleys singer released a photo for immediate release before the Grammys were even complete. The black shirt Posty was sporting under the jacket apparently said "21 Savage." Who knew?
It's been over a week since 21 Savage was detained by ICE agents due to an issue with an expired visa when his parents migrated from the UK. Metro Boomin's actions were deliberate and without hesitation. It was a simple way to show his support for not only his friend and frequent collaborator but a way to align himself against the injustices against immigration at large. Post Malone meant well, but we couldn't tell. But the saying is true: not all heroes wear capes. Sometimes they wear white trench coats.
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