21 Savage is an Atlanta icon and has always represented the Georgia city with pride despite being born in the UK. As a superstar of contemporary hip-hop, the rhymer (real name Shéyaa Abraham-Joseph) has brushed shoulders with the best in the business, including Brooklyn legend Jay-Z.
During an appearance on Math Hoffa’s In My Expert Opinion podcast, the Her Loss emcee unveiled some of the knowledge he received from Jay-Z, who gave Joseph the billion-dollar blueprint he used to get to the top of the music industry.
Revealing that Jay-Z (real name Shawn Carter) told him only three top tips, Joseph explained, “He just told me his top three things that he spent his money on. We ain’t really have no financial conversation. He just was like, ‘Chef’; I went and got a chef. ‘A doctor’; I went and got a doctor. And he said a lawyer; I already had a lawyer at the time.”
21 Savage also explained how Carter encouraged him to invest in art, stating, “He was telling me about art, too. I started investing in art and shit. I don’t even think [NFTs] was around back then. This was like 2018, 2019.”
When asked if hiring a chef and a doctor had profoundly impacted his life, the Savage Mode rapper replied, “Hell yeah. I had a lawyer, but the chef, hell yeah, ’cause I eat cleaner, I don’t really gotta leave the house as much. And the doctor is convenient too; I hate hospitals and shit, so it’s good to have on call.”
He continued, “[Jay-Z] got a different level of doctor, though. His doctor and my shit is different. He got a real doctor. Not living [in his house], but they’ll come and give you surgery at your house type shit.”
Joseph concluded by talking about the role that Carter played in helping him get out of trouble with the United States’ Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), disclosing, “I called Meek [Mill] while I was in jail and told Meek like, ‘Bruh, I just got locked up. He called Jay-Z, and Jay-Z put a lawyer on my case. He played a role in getting me out of there, for sure. Meek put that together. I ain’t Roc Nation or none of that shit, so he really did that shit just off the strength.”
You can watch 21 Savage’s In My Expert Opinion interview below.