Lil Zay Osama – Danny Block

Chicago’s own Lil Zay Osama has unveiled a brand new and potent single titled “Danny Block.” Having released his acclaimed, seminal project Trench Baby and the subsequent Trench Baby deluxe earlier this year, Lil Zay Osama extends his coup on the game with the scorching “Danny Block.” And the heat is on in the new video — shot on a hot summer night while Zay calmly raps in dark shades as rims glisten and fishnet stockings dance. It’s Chicago Drill at its finest and Zay has the windy city on his back.

Earlier this year Lil Zay Osama released the deluxe edition of his acclaimed mixtape Trench Baby on Warner Records which features Lil Tjay, G-Herbo, Sada Baby, Sheff G, Jackboy, Doeboy and Stunna 4 Vegas and includes an array of singles from “Rumors,” “Ride for Me” (with Jackboy)” to “61st to 64th,” and “We’ll Be Straight.” A gifted storyteller and melodic virtuoso, Lil Zay Osama is able to maneuver between different moods from drill to trap ballads which has earned him praise from XXL, Pitchfork, HipHopDX, Complex and more. To date Lil Zay Osama has accumulated more than 200 million streams and is gearing up for his next offering.

Press on Trench Baby:

“Lil Zay Osama is part of an emerging wave of MCs changing Chicago rap” – CHICAGO READER

“…the 15-track effort shows Osama at his very best.” – COMPLEX

“…pulled out the big guns for his ‘Trench Baby’ album…” – HipHopDX

Lil Zay Osama makes “pain music.” That’s what the South Side native calls his combination of raw, gripping lyrics and a passionate delivery. One of Chicago’s most captivating young voices, the 23-year-old pens heart-wrenching street narratives riddled with eulogies for tragically lost family and friends. Throughout 2020, Zay has touched fans with singles like “Loyalty,” which encapsulates the emotional impact of his heaviest songs. In one half-sung couplet, he distills the callousness of Chicago street life. One of six children born to a single mother, Zay employed every hustle available to him growing up—selling newspapers, playing bucket drums, illicit grinds—to provide for himself and his family. But though Zay was in the street early, he was in the studio well before. By the time he was a teen, he was a budding star in the early 2010s Chicago drill scene alongside compatriots like Chief Keef. Zay dropped his celebrated and celebratory Hood Bible (2019) while glowing from signing to Warner Records, but his forthcoming project Trench Baby takes a different tack. He captures grief, trauma, and romantic heartbreak as much as he articulates the joy of survival.

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