The massive success of 21 Savage has been predicted by the Atlanta community for quite some time. On his first official project The Slaughter Tape, he already had beats from the likes of Zaytoven and Metro Boomin

The come-up of 21 Savage is quick by typical hip-hop standards, and after Savage Mode came out this past summer, his presence in the game became inescapable. But despite the appearance of a rapid rise, 21 Savage really did put in that work, and make some of the hardest, most addictive songs of the last few years. Savage Mode was really the arrival destination of the rapper's hours in flight.

Dip into the gallery to re-visit 21 Savage's pre-Savage Mode videos. How does 21's old shit compare to his new shit? Breathe out a couple phrases into the comments below, and let a website know.