21 Savage is known for some of the most gory and detailed lyrics in the rap world, but on “Ball w/o You,” he takes a different route. The Sony Music-released track recently received a video which encapsulates a new message.
The clip opens at a nightclub where the MC’s former companion pounds shots and takes numerous photos before passing out in a bathroom stall. In contrast, the rapper appears in a meditative state, gazing out from a balcony onto a city skyline. Born Shéyaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, 21 vocalizes his path to acceptance: “I gave you my all/You was my dawg/I would have went to war with the world on your call/Thought you had my back/You let me fall/You healed my pain/Then you caused it.”
“Ball w/o You” appears on 21 Savage’s third LP, 2018’s I Am > I Was, along with the singles “A Lot” and “Monster.” The album also includes guest spots from J. Cole, Childish Gambino, Schoolboy Q, Post Malone, Offset, Travis Scott, Gunna and Lil Baby. Check out the newest visual below.
The British-born, Atlanta-raised artist was arrested and detained by ICE in early February for overstaying his visa after it expired in 2006. He was released on bond after spending nine days in a detention center, and his hearing was reportedly postponed indefinitely.