21 Savage is only 23 years old, but as he outlined his life story on The Breakfast Club this morning, it became clear he’s already packed in more life experience than most of us will ever see.
Throughout the half hour interview, the Atlanta rapper talks about selling drugs out of his house in middle school, getting expelled in seventh grade for bringing a gun to school, defending himself in shootouts, losing his best friends to street violence, getting shot six times, and eventually landing on the 2016 XXL Freshman cover.
He continues to explain that he’s moving away from his wild street life because of a belief in karma.
“I know that when you make certain decisions you’ve got to know that certain stuff is going to happen,” he says. “I know what comes with this life. I can’t do nothing but accept it if I’m living it. If I’m robbing and shooting people, one day somebody is going to try and rob me or somebody is going to shoot me—and I’ve always known that.”