Rumors started circulating after Sir Savage sent out a cryptic tweet late Tuesday night. It included two of his go-to dagger emojis side by side, likely referencing the “2” in Savage Mode 2. 21’s association with knives became well-known in 2016 after he acknowledged a question about the tattoo in the middle of his forehead, famously saying, “Issa knife!”
— Saint Laurent Don (@21savage) March 4, 2020
Soon after the tweet, he transitioned to Instagram and reposted a story that showed a fan requesting him to drop the new project on Friday, March 13. A fitting date considering 21 has a tattoo of Jason and Freddy Krueger on his torso.
It’s been almost four years since the Atlanta-bred duo first teamed up for the nine-song Savage Mode.
Ushered by lo-fi, villainous instrumentals, 21 offers brash insight into the daily routine of a tenacious hustler. Lurking around every corner is either a violent encounter or a taste of the spoils that come with success and attention. “Ninth grade, I was knocking n***as out / N***a like Holyfield / Fast forward, n***a, 2016 / And I’m screamin’ fuck a deal,” he raps on “No Heart.” Savage Mode became an instant classic, launching the then 23-year-old Savage into the limelight.
Before Tuesday night, the only recent hint we had that Savage Mode 2 was coming this year came in the form of a Feb. 17 tweet from Metro Boomin’. In addition to Savage Mode 2, he referenced two major upcoming albums he had a hand in: Lil Durk’s No Auto Durk and The Weeknd’s After Hours.
NO AUTO 🚫
AFTER HOURS 🌃
SAVAGE MODE 🗡🗡
— Metro Boomin (@MetroBoomin) February 17, 2020
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— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) February 13, 2020
Back in 2016, 21 said in a cover story for The Fader that he and Metro had 20 or 30 unreleased tracks together following the Savage Mode sessions. He also appeared on three standout tracks across Metro’s 2018 compilation album NOT ALL HEROES WEAR CAPES, and it was undeniable they still had chemistry.
2020 has already been a big year for 21 Savage, though. In January, he won his first-ever Grammy after “a lot” featuring J. Cole was named Best Rap Song. His last album, i am > i was, also received a Grammy nomination for Best Rap Album.
No matter the timing, Savage Mode 2 should be a special one fasho!