Just a day after posting a trailer for his debut film, 21 Savage has announced his third solo album “American Dream,” releasing on January 12.
“American Dream” marks the rapper’s first solo album since 2018’s “I Am > I Was.” In the time since, he’s released two collaborative albums including 2020’s “Savage Mode II” with producer Metro Boomin and 2022’s “Her Loss” with Drake. The latter recently earned him several nominations for this year’s Grammy Awards, including best rap song for “Rich Flex” and best melodic rap performance for “Spin Bout U.”
While details about the album are scarce, Savage teed up the record with the release of the trailer for his movie, which serves as a memoir about his incarceration by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) starting in 2019. Donald Glover, his brother Stephen Glover, Jamal Olori and Fam Udeorji directed the trailer for the film, which sees the “Atlanta” star and actor Caleb McLaughlin depicting Savage across two generations.
In addition to Glover and McLaughlin, the trailer features appearances from Natasha Lyonne, Victoria Pedretti, Young Mazino, Chad Lindberg, Gail Bean and Druski. While the trailer signaled a release on “Independence Day,” it’s unclear if it will actually be a feature film.
Savage may have had a long gap between solo records, but he’s been steadily touring in the wake of the release of “Her Loss.” Last year, he hit the road with Drake as part of their joint It’s All a Blur Tour, and after a lengthy battle to gain permanent status as a U.S. resident, the U.K.-born artist embarked on his first international tour including a debut performance in his hometown of London at 02 Arena in November.