Today, Oct. 22, is the birthday of Atlanta rapper and 2016 XXL Freshman 21 Savage.

Born Shayaa Joseph, the ATL upstart grew up in Decatur, Ga. on the sounds of his hometown: everything from Gucci Mane and T.I. to Freaky D$MG. 21 started to take rap seriously after he got shot on his 21st birthday. Sav was deadset on representing the real Atlanta in his rhymes.

“We are the real Atlanta, we are really in the street, we are really what the fuck Atlanta has going on,” he told XXL during his first feature on The Break. “Every artist that I got with me is really from the hood and really from Atlanta and really in the streets of Atlanta."

Sav dropped his breakout mxitape The Slaughter Tape in 2015. As his stock started to rise, Sav linked up with hot producers like Sonny Digital, Zaytoven and Metro Boomin. Some of his biggest songs in 2015 include "Skrrt Skrrt", "Woah" and "Red Opps".

Thanks to his unique delivery, consistent stream of music and undeniable buzz, 21 snagged a spot on the 2016 XXL Freshmen cover alongside acts like Dave east, Desiigner, Lil Yachty and more. From there, 21 crafted a project solely with beats from Metro Boomin. Together, the duo dropped the Savage Mode in July 2016 and have been on a hot streak ever since. As he celebrates his born day, Sav is gearing up to hit the road with Young Thug on the HiHorse'd Tour starting in November.

Happy Birthday, 21 Savage!

See Behind-the-Scenes Photos of 21 Savage at 2016 XXL Freshman Class Cover Shoot

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