21 Savage

Dec. 2
7 p.m.
DJ, Hip-Hop

Though Atlanta’s 21 Savage might have seemed destined to become one of the biggest street rappers in the game, few would have predicted he’d also be a mainstream pop figure. But here he is in 2017, sitting on top of the Hot 100 with a cameo on Post Malone’s “Rock Star.” He’s managed this despite a cold, almost lifeless monotone delivery that, for his fans, makes his seen-it-all street claims believable. In 2015, 21 began to buzz with villainous street hits like “Red Opps” and “Skrrt Skrrt” before breaking through with his first collab project with super-producer Metro Boomin, Savage Mode, featuring the hits “No Heart” and “X” (featuring Future). Then, after high-profile cameos on Drake’s “Sneakin” and Mike Will Made It’s “Gucci on My,” 21 delivered his debut album, this summer’s Issa Album, with the highlights “Bank Account,” “Numb the Pain,” and the surprisingly political bonus track “Nothin New.” Where the album was ultimately spotty, a more consistently dynamic project came in Halloween’s Without Warning, a team-up with Metro and Migos’ Offset, whose triplet-based flows provide a potent foil for 21 on songs like “Ghostface Killers” and “Disrespectful.” With YoungBoy Never Broke Again.