The track sees Lanez going in over an instrumental of 21 Savage and J. Cole's i am > i was cut "A Lot" on a multitude of topics, including the should-be-abolished ICE agency's ongoing detainment of 21. Previously, Lanez defended Demi Lovato after she tweeted about laughing at the tasteless 21 memes that circulated following news of the ICE move. Those memes are addressed here, with Lanez saying he now sees things differently:
Then I realize that shit is mean, you can't be jokin' about somebody's freedom
Earlier in the track, Lanez alludes to Trumpism, assessing the current government as "so underhanded they handed that shit off to someone who's basically scammin.'"
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On Monday's Tonight Show, 21 received some mainstream televised support during Metro Boomin and Gunna's performance of their Not All Heroes Wear Capes collab "Space Cadet." Metro rocked a white coat with "FREE 21 SAVAGE" emblazoned on the back, ultimately landing the message a lot of screen time.
Many were left disappointed by the weekend's limited public support for 21 from artists gathered in Los Angeles for the 61st Annual Grammy Awards.
Attorney Alex Spiro, who joined 21's legal team when Roc Nation stepped in, explained earlier this month what happens next in the fight for freedom. "We have no intention of getting him out and pretending like this never happened," he told Complex. "Our intentions are to get him out, and figure out what went wrong, and figure out how this can be a lesson that helps a lot of people, not just him."