Two Atlanta-area rappers made it onto Forbes 30 Under 30 list.
Britain-born and Atlanta-raised 21 Savage and Lithia Springs’ own Lil Nas X were honored for innovation and music respectively.
One of five featured icons who landed on the magazine cover, 21 Savage is also part of the 600 Young Innovators and Trendsetters, according to the publication. The rapper has had success on the Billboard 200 chart with his full-length debut “Issa Album” landing at No. 2 behind Jay-Z’s “4:44” in 2017.
Aside from being a platinum-selling MC, the 27-year-old is also a philanthropist. He has hosted the yearly "Issa Back to School Drive" since 2016. It provides Atlanta students with free school uniforms and supplies as well as complimentary haircuts and food.
21 Savage sang Lil Nas X’s praises after the latter was named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Music Class Of 2020.
“He’s got a lot of potential,” 21 Savage said about the 21-year-old “Old Town Road” performer’s possibilities. “He broke all types of records with one song — his first song.”
The country-rap tune became the longest-running No. 1 song on the Billboard Hot 100, beating Mariah Carey’s and Boyz II Men’s long-held record for 1996’s “One Sweet Day” with a 19-week run.
And there’s another Atlanta native who is a Forbes alum. Storm Reid, who rose to fame in “A Wrinkle in Time,” was named on the Hollywood section of the list at age 15 last year.
Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list annually recognizes young individuals across a range of industries including business, tech and finance among others.
To see the complete list, visit Forbes.
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