21 Savage revealed today that he has signed to Epic Records. (Why did he choose Epic? "Because [Epic CEO L.A. Reid] is black. He's probably the last black CEO. Why not? He'll understand me before anyone else. "I want to sign to someone who believes in me and understands me.") Though signing to a major label ostensibly raises 21's ceiling, he already has Drake fawning over him and a signature mixtape produced entirely by Metro Boomin that has just gone platinum.

Anyways, click through the image gallery to see 12 pictures of 21 Savage before the fame.