Jay-Z Is Reportedly Lending His Lawyer to 21 Savage

Shawn ‘Jay-Z’ Carter speaks onstage during the launch of The Reform Alliance on January 23, 2019 in New York City.
Shawn ‘Jay-Z’ Carter speaks onstage during the launch of The Reform Alliance on January 23, 2019 in New York City.
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He got 99 problems, but effective legal representation ain’t one. 21 Savage is currently in ICE custody and it looks like one Shawn Carter is offering up his legal team for assistance.


21 Savage’s legal team recently released an official statement disputing ICE’s major claims, including their client’s criminal record.

Already boasting what looks to be a beefed-up legal team for the young rapper, Jay-Z is adding an alley-oop via his lawyer Alex Spiro, as the 49-year-old rapper believes 21 Savage’s detainment is an “absolute travesty.”

“In addition to being a successful recording artist, 21 deserves to be reunited with his children immediately,” Jay-Z said, according to TMZ.

Spiro told TMZ:

“We are not going to stop until he is released, bonded out or in front of a judge ... What we have here is someone who overstayed their Visa with an application pending for 4 years - not a convicted criminal that needs to be detained and removed but, by all accounts a wonderful person, father, and entertainer who has a marijuana offense which was vacated and sealed.”


Most recently, Spiro acted as Jay-Z’s counsel in a trademark dispute with clothing company Iconic Brand Group, Inc. Jay-Z’s legal team was recently granted the choice to use more African American arbitrators relating to his 2007 sale of Rocawear to Iconix for approximately $204 million.


Jay’s helping hand amongst his hip-hop homies isn’t an anomaly either; ask Travis Scott, Lil’ Wayne, or Meek Mill.

One thing that sticks out and speaks to Jay’s character is that 21 Savage isn’t even signed under the Roc Nation umbrella. The 26-year-old rapper is part of the Epic Records/Slaughter Gang family. This is simply Jay doing the damn thing—the right damn thing.


The Root has reached out to Jay-Z’s publicist for comment.

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The Noble Renard

Yeahhhh.... so the immigration lawyer already representing 21 Savage, Charles Kuck (or at least, his firm), is actually very good at his job. He’s quite well-respected in the field. And while I’m sure Alex Spiro is a fantastic entertainment lawyer, he likely knows fuck-all about immigration law. I struggle to see any way he could help besides using his connections to push people behind the scenes. Admittedly, at times that’s a very valuable tool, but ICE is weirdly impervious to that kind of thing except in exceptionally rare cases. And the ultimate decision to let him out is going to come down to an immigration judge probably in Atlanta, which is one of the harshest and most difficult courts in the country.

Cool to see Jay Z offering support, though, and I mean that entirely sincerely.