A gangsta and a gentleman are hip-hop’s latest stars. 21 Savage and G-Eazy step into a new season as the cover stars of XXL Magazine’s spring 2018 issue. The rappers, each with their own individual cover shot by photographer Travis Shinn, welcomed XXL into their respective homes in the months leading up to their solo cover debuts for exclusive interviews to discuss their lauded careers.
The streets made 21 Savage, but he’s flourished well beyond his Atlanta stomping grounds. The Issa Album rapper, whose hit “Bank Account” has more than 369 million streams on Spotify, has infiltrated the mainstream sector when actors like Seth Rogen are applauding his debut album, which dropped last summer, Fox News correspondent Tomi Lahren is lip-syncing his “Bank Account” lyrics in her Instagram Stories and Ellen DeGeneres welcomes him onto her daytime talk show. His appearance on Post Malone’s “Rockstar” last year earned him his first No. 1 Billboard hit for eight straight weeks. It’s clear 21 Savage has made it.
Inside his Northwest Atlanta mansion, the 25-year-old artist opens up to XXL’s Editorial Site Director Georgette Cline about his recent accomplishments, his forthcoming sophomore album, who he’s looking forward to working with on the LP, a new joint project he has in the works with Young Nudy, his thoughts on President Trump leading America and fulfilling his dreams of flying a plane, among points of discussion. 21 Savage is on a quest to become a better man.