Offset Speaks Out Against 21 Savage ICE Arrest Memes

Offset also lays out his issues with social media at large, arguing that it interferes with an artist's need for mystery.


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Offset is reiterating his disgust with the tasteless memes that ensued as a result of 21 Savage's detainment by the should-be-abolished U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

In a new interview released in the wake of his debut solo album Father of 4, the third in a trilogy of solo Migos collections, Offset goes deep on his support for his "brother" 21 Savage and expounds on his dislike of modern social media tactics at large. 

"Yeah, that's my brother," Offset told GQ's Alex Shultz of recent talks with his Without Warning collaborator in an interview published Tuesday. "He's doing good, man. I've been in that situation where I've been locked up, and family is depending on you. That situation—people be acting like that shit be funny. I'm not even seeing it as a meme. Shit is good now, but it wasn't at one point, and that type of shit will get you taken away from the family. Like what, deport him? That's just a different ball game taking somebody away from their kids."

Adding that he's "never been an internet type of guy," Offset explained what he believes is "wrong" across all platforms. "People be tripping because they can hide behind it," he said. "Comments be crazy, bro. Sometimes I wish I was in the era where there wasn't no internet, because it makes you more valuable to your fans that love you."

To further his point, Offset pointed to the wide appeal but simultaneous mystery of artists like Prince. "Prince wore heels, bro," he said. "Women loved him. Gangstas and thugs respected him and his artistry because you can't really know what the hell is going on with him."

Offset also chopped it up about Cardi B, the Migos rollout strategy, sites running "bullshit" stories "as if it's true shit," his dance background, and more. Check the full thing here. In an accompanying video portion, Offset gives fans a tour of his meticulously curated jewelry collection:

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In his first interview earlier this month since being targeted by ICE and later released, 21 Savage pointed to his family as the driving force that kept him afloat amid the confusion. "My mama told me to picture where I wanna be," he told Good Morning America. "Visualize yourself, whatever you wanna do, just close your eyes and visualize yourself doing that. And as long as you do that, you will never be in jail."

21 appears alongside Travis Scott on Offset's Father of 4 cut "Legacy," sliding in for the track's fourth and final verse to contribute mightily to the informal "Ghostface Killers" sequel.

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