41 Presidential – [Lil Zay Osama] ft. [Icewear Vezzo]

Lil Zay Osama has been on his grind for a handful of years now, but it was in 2019 that he really started to make a splash in the crowded Chicago scene. I say it’s crowded because there are just too many talented individuals in the city to stay tapped in with every single musician, and it can be very easy to overlook someone even if they possess tremendous skills. Unfortunately, Zay was one of these artists for a couple of years because even though he popped up from time to time and I liked his stuff, I just never sat myself down and listened with major intent.

I’m not sure why I slept for so long, but I feel like 2022 was a major breakout year for Zay on my personal radar (not that it matters to a celebrated emcee like himself), and it seems like every time I finally settle into one of his releases, another one smacks me in the face. Back in August, he dropped Trench Baby 3, another insanely appealing album that continued the legacy of his Trench Baby saga, and when you saw features from fellow Chicagoans like G Herbo, Lil Durk, and PGF Nuk, it was clear that the city has his back no matter what. Add in a few out-of-town icons like Icewear Vezzo and Fredo Bang, and you have a lineup of all-stars, even though Zay seemed to be the star of the show regardless of who joined him.

Despite the fact that we’re about 3 months removed from the project dropping, the hometown hero wasn’t finished having fun with this effort, recruiting Diesel Filmz to direct a music video for the track “41 Presidential” with Vezzo. Although it feels like there aren’t tons of unheard-of scenes throughout, as is the case with some of Zay’s other videos, there is something about the squeaky-clean aesthetic that is executed in each short film that makes it feel brand-new every time. It’s honestly pretty hard to describe my exact thoughts, but if you have tuned into any of his other visuals in the past, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Plus, if you loved those videos as much as I did, then this one is right up your alley as well!