Chicago continues to be a hotbed for burgeoning talent in hip-hop. With Polo G blowing up earlier this year, Lil Zay Osama looks to be the next Chi-town resident taking the "L" train to rap stardom. Billboard learned on Monday (Aug. 26) that Osama has inked a major deal with Warner Records.
"Me and my manager Cedrick 'SB' Earsery (Good Vibes Forever) met with every major label and they all offered me so many great things," Lil Zay tells Billboard. "When we met with Warner Records, we knew this was the right fit! I felt I had the opportunity to grow and be the face of this label as they rebuild a new regime. The co-chairmen, Tom and Aaron, were so hands on and still are with the process. The building was filled with great energy and I felt right at home.”
The "Changed Up" rapper also premieres the "Talk to Me Crazy" video, which serves as the lead single heading into his forthcoming Hood Bible project. In the clip, Zay wakes up from a deep sleep to follow the girl of his dreams around the house. He even braves the blistering heat to don a gray turtleneck and metallic puffy jacket. The twist at the end could serve as a snap back to reality, as Osama is really a delivery man who then gets invited inside the house for some fun by the very same woman. All in all, a winning situation for the rising talent.