Born In: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
MacArthur Johnson is an American comedian and rapper. He is more popular by several of his stage names, such as Young 22 or Funny Mike or 22 Savage. While he was still a high school student, Johnson started to garner modest fame as a social-media-based comedian by posting videos of his short skits, impressions, and memes. He also had a moderate career as a rapper before a new gangster rapper named 21 Savage emerged in the scene in the early 2016. His violent backstory and distinctive style of rapping attracted multiple emulations with Johnson’s being the most prominent and extreme of all. Johnson’s impersonation of 21 Savage under the name of “22 Savage” confused the public and earned him wide recognition as well. He eventually released his song ‘No Heart’ in mid-2016. Since then, he has changed his name to Young 22 to carve out his own identity. He is signed with Travis James Entertainment and has put out the popular song ‘Hit That Bit for the Gram’.
Nick Name: Funny Mike, 22 Savage
Also Known As: MacArthur Johnson
Born Country: United States
City: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Shortly after ‘No Heart’ was released, 22 Savage recorded ‘Jumpin’. After the track became a hit, he made a music video of it. He has since put out several original songs, including ‘Hit That 22’, ‘Run It’, and ‘Pay 4 It’. In February 2017, he changed his name to Young 22 to bring a degree of legitimacy to his career.
Young 22 was charged with murder in May 2016. According to a report published in ‘WAFB Baton Rouge,’ he and his two acquaintances were standing outside a supermarket in Baker, Louisiana, on May 3 when they noticed a man named Richard Phillips, who was distributing party fliers in the parking lot at the time. They approached him and soon an argument broke out. There are contradictory accounts of what happened next, but Phillips was shot in the chest and eventually succumbed to his injuries.
Arrested by the police later that day, Young 22 confessed to shooting Philips but claimed he did so in self-defence. However, there were some discrepancies between the accounts he gave to the police and the video footage of the incident that the authorities had acquired. He was ultimately charged with second-degree murder, illegal use of a weapon, and obstruction of justice and his bond was set at $370,000. The music news website Complex contacted a representative for the Criminal Records Department for Louisiana's 19th Judicial District who stated that the rapper was out on bail and there had not been any development in the case since he was released. In February 2017, a grand jury declined to indict Young 22 on the murder charge.
Young 22 was born on October 8, 1996, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He grew up in an impoverished household. From a young age, he was always the jokester among his friends. There are speculations that he was part of a gang as a young adult. He has himself boasted that he had money even before his rap career really took off. Johnson attended Tara High School.
Young 22 has been in a relationship with a woman named Jaliyah. Besides regularly appearing on his YouTube channel, she also ran the joint channel The MJ Family with Young 22. Jaliyah welcomed a daughter, Londyn, in February 2019, with Young 22. His mother, who goes by the moniker Momma Jones, has a channel of her own named FunnyMike Mom.
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