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One thing you should know about 22 Savage is that he is definitely an entirely different individual, personality-wise, than the more popular 21 Savage, although most of his music success has come from him riding on the waves of 21’s success.

This individual was born and raised on the streets. He started out as a comedian and finally worked his way into the music industry and according to the rapper, he is not going anywhere anytime soon.

Who is 22 Savage?

22 Savage who was born on October 8, 1996, is perhaps helped by the fact that has an uncanny resemblance to 21 and sounds just like him too. Since his emergence, he has become something of a viral sensation online and has reiterated several times that he is bent on pursuing a music career under the 22 Savage moniker. He has also talked about how he is a much better emcee than 21 Savage who is five years his senior.

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22 Savage, whose real name is MacArthur Johnson has everything from a history in spitting bars to social media virality to an almost enviable rap sheet. The latter might also have contributed heavily to his success as a rapper. To really understand the true 22 Savage, read on!

Here’s everything you need to know about 22 Savage

1. 22 Savage started out as a social media comedian

Before his 22 Savage epiphany and the subsequent rap success it brought him, MacArthur started a career on social media as a comedian. He gained a relatively prominent reputation among his growing fan base, especially in his hometown area of Baton Rouge and other nearby communities. Savage who was still in high school at the time was known for creating different types of content from memes to short video skits and impressions. He appeared under various pseudonyms Funny Ass Mike and GirlHeFunny. In many of his videos, he appeared with his friend and brother known as Wings. They were often referred to by fans as Mike & Wings or Wings & Mike. The two are actually half-brothers as they share the same mother.

22 Savage and NBA legend, Shaq O'Neal
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2. MacArthur was Mighty Mike before he was 22 Savage

While Johnson spent his time building a reputation as a comedian, he also found time to build a rap career, rapping under the name Mighty Mike. Signed under the Baton Rouge indie label Travis James Entertainment, he released his first single in November 2015, titled Hit that Bit for the Gram. In March 2016, he released a video of the song, purposely designing it for online viral success. His plan worked as the song inspired many dance videos on video platforms like Youtube, Vine, and Instagram. The video was viewed over 400,000 times before the end of 2016.

3. 22 Savage cloned more than just 21 Savage’s name

Moving on from Mighty Mike, MacArthur went on to build a rap career with 21 Savage as a case study. However, he did more than just gain inspiration from 21’s rap name. The title of his first song under this moniker was No Heart in August 2016. This title was the same as one of the most successful tracks on 21 Savage’s Savage Mode project. MacArthur also decided that his first studio project would also be titled Savage Mode.

4. 22 Savage was charged with murder in mid-2016

As at the time of this murder charge, the then 19-year-old Mwasrthur was still going by the name Mighty Mike. He was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, obstruction of justice and illegal use of a weapon in May 2016. The victim was a fellow aspiring rapper who was killed in the parking lot of a convenience store in Baker, Los Angeles. It was reported that the victim and 22 had a dispute over a flyer while they were inside the store but had settled their dispute without violence.

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Then, the victim approached MacArthur in the parking lot while he was seated in the passenger seat of a friend’s car. This second altercation ended with the other rapper being shot in the chest. MacArthur revealed to reporters on his way to a court hearing that he was innocent and had only acted in self-defence.

5. 22 Savage has moved on to another moniker

Perhaps, it is because he felt the name had carried him as far as it could or maybe, he wanted to be taken more seriously as a rapper and bring his own authentic sound to his audience. But for whatever reason, in the first week of February 2017, 22 Savage hopped on his twitter account to announce had he had changed his name from 22 Savage to Young 22. He gave no reason for the change.

What is 22 Savage’s net worth?

The rapper claims to have been making money long before he ever considered rapping. This claim has been confirmed by a few factors including the fact that the rapper was able to make bail for his murder charge which was set at a reported $370,000. He has also been seen flaunting some heavy wads of cash in some of his videos. Several unverified sources put his net worth at $250,000, however, it is unclear just how much the rapper is worth.

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